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Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives (formerly STEM Central Station)

The STEM Station was created through partial support from the National Science Foundation through an I^3 grant in 2010. It represented a definitive and intentional strategy to create and sustain an educational culture where STEM students, faculty and staff are engaged in learner-centered experiences that facilitate successful navigation through critical junctures in their educational and professional careers. The theoretical framework of the STEM Station was the concept of self-authorship.

The institutionalization of the STEM Station is the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives.

Provost Office, Boise State University
Established: 2014

Profile submitted by Donna Llewellyn


The Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiativesaims to build a diverse community of students, faculty, and others involved and invested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The primary goal of the Institute is to promote a culture of active inclusive excellence in STEM at Boise State University. The Institute fosters diversity in STEM through

(a) Advocating for and nurturing underrepresented student and faculty success inside and beyond the classroom,

(b) Strengthening avenues of communication and collaboration among University and external partners, and

(c) Conducting and catalyzing STEM educational research.

Whenever possible (when not restricted by funding source), we consider both STEM and Diversity in as broad a context as possible.

Center/Program Structure

The Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives is housed under the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. The staff includes an Executive Director, a Diversity Coordinator, a STEM Project Manager, a Data Analyst, and a Management Assistant. In addition, the Institute employs several student workers. The leadership team for the NSF STEM Station grant continue to advise the Executive Director and provide a sounding board for ideas and programs. In addition, there is an internal stakeholder group that allows for connecting with and serving the interests of the whole campus.

Description of Programming

Most of the programming offered through the Institute is done in collaboration with other programs and grants. The Boise State LSAMP program is run out of the office and the Idaho Space Grant Consortium student programs are also organized by this office. Other initiatives include collaborating with the College of Engineering on outreach and recruiting programs, working across campus on graduate student and faculty environments with special attention to those underserved in STEM, and supporting others' work by providing accurate data and other research resources.

Successes and Impacts from STEM Station

Strategies to address student critical junctures:

Strategies to address faculty critical junctures in teaching:

Strategies to address faculty critical junctures in STEM education research:

Strategies to address university critical junctures

Elements Contributing to Success of the STEM Station

The success of the STEM Station success is attributed to the focus on the needs and critical junctures of students and faculty and success with the implementation of the related support programs. The success has led to confidence and expectation in the STEM Station to facilitate the development of meaningful solutions, coordination of the collaboration with the right people, and thinking creatively about how to approach the complex problems associated with STEM teaching and learning. We also attribute our success to addressing the needs of students and faculty based on data. We are research driven - which has allowed us to make decisions and determine priorities for our students, faculty and campus based on data, which we feel is critical to our success and to the incredible support we have from the campus and greater STEM education community.

Supplemental Materials

STEM Station Brochure (Acrobat (PDF) 1.2MB Aug1 13)

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