The Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) was provisionally established in 2009 to provide a bridge between the College of Science and College of Education at the University of Utah, primarily to amplify institutional efforts to develop a more sustainable Math and Science teacher education program. The founding Director was Hugo Rossi, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics. After a national search, Nalini Nadkarni, Professor of Biology, was hired in 2011 from Evergreen State College as the first permanent Director. In 2012, the CSME achieved permanent center status, and in October 2014, Nalini handed the Director torch to Jordan Gerton, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy.
Since its inception, the CSME has broadened its mission and activities to include initiatives that focus on increasing student achievement and persistence in math and science. This broader mission is served by programs that seek to make an impact both over the long-term (K-12 teacher development) and short-term (undergraduate success). In addition, the CSME has a strong commitment to broadening participation of underrepresented populations in math and science through several K-12 student-focused initiatives. The overall objective of the CSME’s work is to increase the number and diversity of graduates with competency in science and math.
For more information about CSME’s work, view the programs and projects pages.