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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.

Upcoming Events


Event Date
Technology Professional Development (Teachers Grades 4 - 12) September 9
Wireless Devices in the Classroom (SFA STEM Faculty) September 23
East Texas Math Teachers' Circle October 7
Technology Professional Development (Teachers Grades 4 - 12) October 7
Math Toolbox Professional Development (Kindergarten Teachers) October 8
Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference October 17 - 18
SFA Mathematics Teachers' Conference November 8
East Texas Math Teachers' Circle November 11
Math Toolbox Professional Development (Teachers Grades 1 - 2) November 12
GeoDays for Middle/High School Students & Teachers November
East Texas Math Teachers' Circle December 9