The Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) works with local school districts and community organizations to increase access for K-12 students to high-quality math and science experiences at the University of Utah. By exposing K-12 students to math and science role models, CSME promotes higher education and math and science fields of study. CSME’s activities place particular emphasis on narrowing the opportunity gap by serving students from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in science and math fields.
When K-12 students and their families participate in on-campus math and science activities, they build familiarity with the higher education landscape. CSME programs include:
- REFUGES Afterschool program, which focuses on serving refugee students and their families, and provides social and academic support to students in grades 7-12. Students in the afterschool program often progress to the Bridge program as incoming University of Utah freshmen.
- Utah Science & Engineering Fair (USEF), an annual competition for grades 5-12, which draws students to the University of Utah to interact with volunteer judges, including university students, faculty, and community members.
Off-campus activities provide an opportunity to broaden CSME’s reach and build K-12 students’ awareness and enthusiasm for math and science.
Through the STEM Mentors program, CSME brings undergraduate student role models into K-12 classrooms to participate in classroom instruction and encourage K-12 student interest in math and science.
“I loved being surrounded by other students who are just as passionate about science as I am.”-6th grade USEF finalist