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STEM Research & Learning Center

Our Mission


The mission of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Learning Center is two-fold. First, the Center will facilitate the increase of research capacity within the STEM disciplines, and between STEM and non-STEM fields. Second, the Center will consolidate SFA’s support for STEM education, particularly by coordinating STEM efforts in EC-12, undergraduate and graduate education, and teacher development at all levels.

Interdisciplinary research is a prime focus at SFA.


The STEM Center will catalyze research communication and collaboration within the sciences as well as between the sciences and other disciplines. Particular attention will be given to facilitating research collaboration in partnership with industry, university faculty, staff and students, and stakeholders in the public school system.

Supporting comprehensive STEM education involves both publicizing the value of STEM training and removing barriers to student persistence in the STEM pipeline. In keeping with research findings regarding inhibitors to STEM engagement, the Center will focus on:

  • increasing STEM awareness and public perception,
  • facilitating innovation in STEM university education,
  • providing support for student mentoring during transitional periods in their education,
  • guiding STEM teacher induction during the first three years in the classroom, and
  • empowering STEM teacher-leaders to transform their districts from within.

Spring/Summer Events


2015 - 2016 Events Date Location
Hydro-Days September 24-25th, 9am-3pm Miller Science, Lanana Creek
Motivating Mathematics Teacher Conference September 26th, 8am-4pm STEM Center, Math Building 101

Women in STEM (Wi-STEM) Working Luncheon

September 26th, 11am-1:30pm Baker Pattillo University Center, Grand Ballroom
Innovations in STEM - Series of STEM Days throughout the school year for middle and high school students TBA STEM Center, SFA Campus
STEM Day 2015 for high school students February 26th, 8:30-2:30 Kennedy Auditorium
Industry Lectures in STEM - Series of lectures to be delivered throughout the year TBA STEM Center, 101
Girl Scout STEM Day Saturday, TBA, 1:00-4:00pm STEM Center, Math Building
Geo-Days for middle and high school students TBA, Thursday and Friday 8:30-2pm STEM Center, 101
iMAS (Investigations in Math & Science) Summer Enrichment Camp TBA STEM Center, SFA Campus
SMASH Camp July 26 - August 2, 2016 STEM Center, SFA Campus