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STEM Centers
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Campus Centers in STEM Education

STEM education centers and related offices are the hub of campus-based efforts leading the transformation of undergraduate STEM education at their institutions and beyond. While there is large variety in the structure and identity of STEM education efforts, they all have common functions and goals.

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The Network
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The Network

NSEC is an organization of campus-based centers and offices that serve as catalysts for educational transformation in STEM. The network allows center leadership, university and college administrators, and state and national policymakers to have a central hub for their communal efforts.

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Get Involved
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STEM Education Center Toolkit

The Toolkit is a mechanism for spreading the wealth of knowledge and expertise about STEM Education around the community. It explores important issues for STEM Education Centers and provides examples of how members of the community have addressed those concerns.

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Save the Date - June 9-11, 2021 for the NSEC/ ASCN: Transforming Institutions 2021 Conference. Calls for proposals in January.

We are excited that the Transforming Institutions 2021 Conference will be jointly hosted by the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) and the Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC). Look for a Call for Proposals in early January. The Transforming Institutions Conference is designed to bring together researchers, faculty, change agents, administrators, center staff and directors, and policymakers to focus on transforming undergraduate education. Participants will have the opportunity to identify critical questions facing institutional change, foster connections with colleagues interested in change, and address important topics related to transforming institutions in higher education. We will be virtual this year.

Featured Research

The Collaborative Around Research Experiences for Teachers (CARET), which has received funding from NSEC, has a newly published review article on research experiences. This paper provides a comprehensive review of 307 papers published between 2007 and 2017 that include course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), undergraduate research experiences (UREs), and teacher research experiences (TREs) programs.

Krim, J. S., Coté, L. E., Schwartz, R. S., Stone, E. M., Cleeves, J. J., Barry, K. J., ... & Keller, J. M. (2019). Models and Impacts of Science Research Experiences: A Review of the Literature of CUREs, UREs, and TREs. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 18(4), ar65. Available at https://www.lifescied.org/doi/full/10.1187/cbe.19-03-0069.


News & Jobs

  • Lecturer position in introductory biology
    The Department of Genetics and the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Georgia invite applications for a full-time Lecturer position in introductory biology starting August 1, 2021. This position is a 9-month, full-time instructional appointment with an academic home in the Department of Genetics and a particular focus on non-majors courses.
  • Free online course for anyone teaching in tertiary education

    Cornell University's Center for Teaching Innovation is offering our massive open online course (MOOC) for educators, Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom October 1-31, 2020 on edX. The course guides instructors in exploring frameworks and strategies for building and sustaining inclusive learning environments.

  • Anti-Racism Resources for STEM Education Centers
    At NSEC 2020, we asked participants to share resources related to ending racism. This is a non-comprehensive crowd-sourced collection.
  • Resources for STEM Education Centers in Response to COVID-19
    We know STEM Education Centers play a vital role on campuses in helping disseminate information to STEM faculty. To aid that work, we are compiling resources related to COVID-19 on teaching remotely and responses by the federal agencies to the federal funding of research during the pandemic.
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