Programs & Projects

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List of current CSME programs, projects, and initiatives

CSME projects that have been active within the past three years are listed below.

  • Collaborative Around Research Experiences for Teachers (CARET) is a national collaboration contributing to the body of knowledge around research experiences for teachers. CSME is a part of the core leadership group.
  • College of Science Internship Program, administered by CSME, connects U of U undergraduate students with off-campus internship opportunities.
  • CSME Exchange brown-bag seminars provide an informal setting for math and science faculty discussions about current issues in undergraduate education.
  • Elementary STEM endorsement is offered for elementary teachers in partnership with the Urban Institute for Teacher Education and Granite and Salt Lake City school districts.
  • Hugo Rossi Lectures explore contemporary issues in K-16 math and science education.
  • Learning Assistant (LA) Program facilitates the recruitment of LAs for undergraduate courses.
  • Master of Science for Secondary School Teachers (MSSST) provides content-area training and research opportunities for licensed science teachers.
  • REFUGES includes: 1)  afterschool program for under-represented and refugee students in grades 7-12;  2) bridge program for incoming university minority, women, and refugee students.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates are run by several different departments on campus; CSME facilitates collaboration between programs, including joint student activities and program evaluation.
  • SEEd Swap provides professional learning support to 6-8th grade teachers to successfully implement Utah’s new Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) standards.
  • STEM Mentors are undergraduate students who receive science communication training and mentoring while they partner with K-12 teachers.
  • Teacher Leadership Cohort, a group of teachers who have completed the Elementary STEM Endorsement, enhance their leadership skills through a year-long professional development opportunity.
  • Teacher Research Fellows participate in a workshop and a four-week lab or field experience working alongside a university faculty member.
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Development projects spearheaded by CSME include the creation of new inter-cross-disciplinary courses and a science-focused BlockU program
  • UPSTEM, funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), supports faculty learning communities, inclusive curricula, and improved degree pathways for pre-transfer and post-transfer students from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC).
  • U-S2TEM, offered in partnership with the Global Change & Sustainability Center, provides undergraduates with scholarships, mentoring, and research opportunities.
  • USEF, the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair, is an annual competition for students in grades 5-12.
  • Workshop on Earth Science from Navajo and Western Perspectives  provides an intensive, field-based experience for teachers.
Prior work

As a dynamic center, the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) focus areas have shifted over time. Read below for an overview of CSME’s previous projects, programs, and initiatives. Contact us for additional information.

  • K-12 Teaching & Learning
    • Master of Science for Secondary School Teachers – Math (MSSST-Math) is a masters degree program that was housed in the CSME from 2009-2015. MSSST-Math has moved to the Department of Mathematics, although MSSST-Science remains at the CSME.
    • Math for America Utah (MfA) was housed at CSME from 2010-2015. MfA’s primary mission is the creation and support of mathematics teacher leaders. MfA Utah operates the Fellows Program, Master Teachers Program, and Teachers’ Math Circle. MfA moved to the Department of Mathematics in 2015.
    • MMAISE (Math Materials Access Improvement for 7th and 8th Grade) created mathematics text consistent with the Utah Core Curriculum and available in multiple platforms.
    • Science Fridays, coordinated by the CSME, Youth Education, Department of Chemistry, and College of Engineering, brought 260 K-12 students from 5 schools to campus in Fall 2013 to engage with hands-on chemistry projects.
    • Sports ‘n Science uses sports to generate interest in science among K-12 students. Although the program is no longer active, the website is still live, and program posters are still available for K-12 teachers.
    • STEM for U Week, piloted in 2014, built connections between the UofU and the broader community while introducing grade school students to STEM content, role models, and careers. CSME brought a dozen faculty members to local schools where they reached over 350 students.
    • TICE (Technology Intensive Concurrent Enrollment) provided online materials, available through UEN, for entry-level math coursework. Although curriculum development is complete, the CSME continues to work on a possible science integration.
    • WEST (Water, the Environment, Science, and Teaching) and TGLL (Think Globally, Learn Locally) were NSF-funded programs that connected science graduate students with K-12 classrooms. The programs have evolved into STEM Mentors, which is currently active at the CSME.

    Public Engagement

    • Broader Impacts Consulting has been offered in the past to faculty members who would like assistance designing broader impacts activities for NSF grants. This opportunity is still available on a limited basis; contact us for additional information.
    • Faith-Based Outreach initiatives in 2012 and 2013 involved a “Tree-Mapping” project where undergraduate and graduate students worked with local faith communities to create science education materials related to the trees growing in the area.
    • The “Hidden Worlds of Science” course was offered annually (2012-2014) in collaboration with the Osher Institute, which caters to adults over 50. The 6-week long course included faculty members and graduate students as guest lecturers.
    • INSPIRE (Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated) was launched in 2014 with a science lecture series and conservation projects at the Salt Lake County Jail and Draper Prison. INSPIRE was a key player in establishing a national network of similar programs. In 2015, INSPIRE and the Nature Imagery in Prisons Project moved to the Department of Biology.
    • Science Filmmaking Workshops were offered annually (2012-2014) to faculty, staff, teachers, and community members to help them disseminate their research.
    • Science Journalism, offered in 2012 and 2013, provided a science writing internship opportunity for undergraduate students.

    STEM Education Center Collaboration

    • In 2012, CSME hosted a National Conference for Centers of Science and Mathematics Education. The conference brought together representatives from Centers at thirteen different universities to facilitate communications and identify common concerns. A summary is available here. In recent years, APLU/SMTI has developed a national STEM Education Center network.