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Jordan Gerton

Director of CSME and Associate Professor of Physics

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I received my Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Arizona and my Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Physics from Rice University under the direction of Randall Hulet, where I researched Bose-Einstein condensation of low-temperature lithium gases.  I spent my postdoctoral years at the California Institute of Technology with Steve Quake, where I developed a research program in nanophotonics and molecular biophysics.  I have had a number of formative experiences over the years that have stoked my passion for math and science education and have driven me to leadership roles in these areas; these include a semester as a visiting instructor at Pomona College, a year as team captain of the swim team at Arizona, and the many interactions with thousands of students at the University of Utah over the years.  Math and Science are among the most important and impactful human pursuits, and I am committed to helping student of all ages and backgrounds develop a passion for and proficiency in these enabling disciplines.

Area Directors

Emily Gaines

Associate Director for Engagement

Undergraduate Internships, CSME Exchange, Hugo Rossi Lectures, Development, Communications

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Emily began her career in the wetland ecology field and transitioned to science education and outreach in 2007. She enjoys engaging with faculty, developing community partnerships, and bringing math and science education to people of all ages and circumstances. Emily holds a Master’s degree (Environmental Science) from University of Utah and a BS (Biology) from University of Virginia.

Holly Godsey

Director of Student Success & Teacher Development, Director of HHMI UPSTEM Initiative, and Assistant Professor (Lecturer) (Geology and Geophysics)

UPSTEM, MSSST, Teacher Research Fellows, STEM MentorsPhysics Endorsement, U-S2TEM, Workshop on Earth Science

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Dr. Holly Godsey is the Director of Student Success and Teacher Development at the CSME and an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. She has a BS and PhD in Geology from the University of Utah and an MS in Oceanography (Marine Geology and Geochemistry) from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include studying paleoenvironmental change recorded in lake deposits, methods of geoconservation, and effective science communication. Since 2004, she has been involved with several science education projects that connect faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to K-12 teachers and students to inspire, empower and educate learners from across generations and disciplines.

She is currently on the committee for curriculum assessment in the Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, and the middle school science standards writing team for the Utah State Office of Education.   She also oversees the MS for Secondary School Teachers (MSSST) program, the STEM Mentors program, and several other programs involving teacher development and undergraduate success.

Dr. Godsey’s CV is available here.

Tino Nyawelo

Director of Diversity & Recruitment and Assistant Professor (Lecturer) (Physics and Astronomy)

REFUGES Director

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Dr. Tino S. Nyawelo, an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in theoretical physics at the University of Utah’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been at the U since 2007. His main area of research deals with (quantum) field theory, supersymmetry and gravity.

In 1998, Dr. Nyawelo obtained his master’s degree in theoretical high energy physics at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Free University of Amsterdam in 2004. In 2012, Dr. Nyawelo founded an outreach program called REFUGES with the University of Utah’s Center for Science & Mathematics Education. REFUGES supports underrepresented students through after-school programs for middle and high school students and a summer science “bridge” course for incoming college freshmen. Dr. Nyawelo also coordinates the Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Program & Administrative Staff

Jessica Dwyer

Academic Program Manager

LA Program, Elementary STEM Endorsement, Teacher Leadership Cohort, MSSST, SEEd Swap, K-12 Teacher Support

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Jessica joined the CSME after a decade-long career in secondary science education.  As a teacher, Jessica achieved National Board Certification in 2014, and held Level 3 endorsements in Biological Science, Earth/Environmental Science, English as a Second Language, and Middle School Science.  Before she worked in Title 1 middle and high schools in California, Colorado, and Utah, she worked as a park ranger and in wilderness therapy.  Her undergraduate work in Biology at San Francisco State University included an NSF-funded research thesis in conservation ecology.  She earned her Master’s degree at Stanford University, where she focused on secondary science instruction, issues in urban education, and supporting English Language Learners.  Jessica is deeply dedicated to improving access for underrepresented groups in education, particularly in the sciences.  Her work at CSME focuses on preparing and supporting excellent K-12 science teachers in the Wasatch Front’s highly diverse classrooms.

Shane Moore

Administrative Manager


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Shane Moore is a Webster University alum with a master’s degree in management. He worked at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology prior to joining the CSME team. Shane believes that human resources are an organization’s greatest asset. He is also a lifelong Thundercat fan.

Jody Oostema

USEF Program Manager


Student & Part-Time Staff

Morgan Barron

USEF Special Awards Assistant


Polly Creveling

USEF Special Awards Coordinator


Gehen Dongol

Office Assistant Work Study

Zhenwei Shepherd

Office Assistant Work Study