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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 Events Date Location
Area Superintendent Summit January 16th, noon-2:00 pm Baker Pattillo Student Center, President's Suite B
Professional Development January 7th & 21st, 3:00-4:00pm STEM Center, 123
Leaders of Tomorrow - LOT Crew February 10th, 8:45-2:00pm STEM Center, SFA Campus
Professional Development February 11th & 25th, 4:00-5pm, February 19th, 3:00-4:30pm STEM Center, 123
STEM Day 2015 February 27th, 8:30-2:30 Kennedy Auditorium
WiSTEM Scholarship Luncheon & Style Show March 5th, 11:45-1:30 Baker Pattillo Student Center, Grand Ballroom
Girl Scout STEM Day April 11, 1:00-4:00pm STEM Center, Math Building
Hydro-Days April 24th, 8:30-2pm STEM Center, 101
iMAS (Investigations in Math & Science) TBA STEM Center, SFA Campus
SMASH Camp TBA STEM Center, SFA Campus