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Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology

The mission of CeMaST is to stimulate, conduct, and support integrative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education activities and scholarship.

Illinois State University
Established: 1992

http://cemast.illinoisstate.edu

Profile submitted by William Hunter

Vision and Goals

The mission of CeMaST is to stimulate, conduct, and support integrative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education activities and scholarship.

Center/Program Structure

The Center reports to the Associate VP for Research and Graduate Education, but has Associate Directors appointed from within three colleges. We have one full-time Director, four quarter-time Associate Directors, and two support staff. These positions are all supported via hard money. We also support between six and ten Research Associate faculty/staff level positions on soft money, depending upon current projects and funding levels. We are expected to stimulate, conduct, and support integrative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education activities and scholarship locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Description of Programming

Goal 1: Stimulate and support activities and research on teaching and learning that align with campus, state, and national STEM priorities.
CeMaST pursues and supports the development of funded activities and research that promote the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition, CeMaST strives to help shape campus STEM priorities by promoting the state and national STEM agenda to further educational innovation and research. We wrote the NSF-funded IMaST curriculum; we have had our Creative Core Curriculum adopted by several states. We conduct professional development across the country.

Goal 2: Provide leadership to and foster cross-disciplinary collaborative STEM activities and research on teaching and learning.
CeMaST strives to support connections between disciplines on campus as they pursue STEM activities and research. In addition, CeMaST fosters connections between all educational levels from K-12 through graduate school and between academia, industry, and professional societies. Each year we support dozens of faculty research projects through budgeting, grant management, narrative development, evaluation. We drive STEM outreach projects locally and regionally. We are leaders in the Illinois Energy and R&D STEM Learning Exchanges.

Goal 3: Direct efforts to increase the diversity of STEM communities.
CeMaST has a long history of pursuing projects that encourage and assist individuals within underrepresented groups in attaining excellence in STEM fields. CeMaST is committed to continuing these efforts. We lead Illinois LSAMP programs, NSF Robert Noyce Programs. We conduct outreach programs across Illinois aimed at under-represented groups.

Successes and Impacts

  1. Writing and developing the IMaST curriculum for Grades 6-8.
  2. Having the Creative Core Curriculum adopted for use in several states.
  3. Developing outreach programs for thousands of Illinois residents.
  4. Supporting 10's of millions of dollars of research by ISU faculty.

Supplemental Materials

2010-2011 CeMaST Annual Report (Acrobat (PDF) 34.7MB Jul25 13)

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