Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Careers through Outreach, Research, & Education (STEM CORE)
The primary goal of STEM CORE is to produce a broader and deeper pool of STEM talent in Oregon through the development of efficient and effective models for student learning and engagement and by forging new collaborations between educators, researchers, and administrators.
Physics, University of Oregon
Profile submitted by Dean Livelybrooks
Vision and Goals
- Provide support for designing competitive proposals for research grants and outreach grants that improve STEM education, outreach and education research.
- Develop undergraduate courses and programs that recruit mathematics and science majors to K-12 teaching.
- Build the infrastructure needed to sustainably support outreach projects that will inspire STEM education throughout the state of Oregon.
STEM CORE is a collaborative effort of the physics, chemistry, biology, and geological sciences departments with matching support from the College of Arts and Sciences and in partnership with College of Education faculty. STEM CORE is a consortium of University of Oregon science, math and education faculty, STEM outreach and education program coordination staff, community college faculty, K-12 collaborators, STEM industry and government partners and supporters. STEM CORE is co-directed by a Physics faculty member and an Education Studies faculty member. STEM CORE currently supports one full-time FTE for an associate director who is an administrator with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Physics.
Description of Programming
Key activities that helped demonstrate the need and potential for the center include an NSF funded GK-12 program and S-STEM award both of which support sustained outreach to rural Oregon communities contributing to the STEM pipeline, plus faculty involvement in a local math and science partnership grant that fosters project-based learning in part through connections between K-12 schools and local industries by providing teacher professional development.
Successes and Impacts
STEM CORE is a new effort that brings together a number of ongoing successful activities as well as a consortium of faculty, staff, and community partners.
Elements Contributing to Success
The recent establishment of STEM CORE represents the shared interests and vision of science and education faculty derived from a number of successful outreach activities.