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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  
Leaders of Tomorrow - LOT Crew Feb. 9 SFA Campus  
LISD 4th Grade STEM Day Feb. 11 Lufkin Civic Center  
STEM Day for High School Students Feb. 26, 8:30-2:30 Kennedy Auditorium  
Industry Lectures in STEM - Series of patent education lectures to be delivered throughout the year

Feb. 22 & March 7,  Noon - 1pm

STEM Center, 101  
Girl Scout STEM Day Saturday, April 16, 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  
WiSTEM Fundraiser Luncheon and Fashion Show Thursday, April 7 11:30 UC Grand Ballroom  
Mathematics Conference (TX Sect. of MAA) March 31-April 2 Math Building  
Cub Scout STEM Day TBA- summer STEM Center  
iMAS (Investigations in Math & Science) Summer Enrichment Camp June 20-24, 8:30-11:30 STEM Center, SFA Campus  
SMASH Camp July 26 - August 2, 2016 STEM Center, SFA Campus