STEM Education Innovation Programs

Submit a Program Description » The goal of this database is to serve as a searchable collection of effective practices and programs that support improving undergraduate STEM education. Use the text search and the boxes at the right to narrow the collection based on particular aspects that you are interested in.

You can add your own program to the database by completing the database submission form.


Help

Results 1 - 10 of 40 matches

Science Education Initiative
Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado at Boulder
Science Education Initiative (SEI) was a transformative initiative aimed at changing STEM teaching practices in university settings. The SEI was successfully implemented in two institutions (University of Colorado Boulder and The University of British Columbia) over a period of 10 years. The SEI centered on department-based Discipline-Based Education Specialists (DBESs), disciplinary experts with training in the science of teaching and learning who serve as catalysts of change within departments. The two SEIs have influenced the teaching of hundreds of faculty and the learning of tens of thousands of students per year by promoting the use of evidence-based teaching practices in STEM. These teaching practices are informed by research on teaching and learning, and often include some element of active learning. The lessons learned from the SEI are included in the Science Education Initiative Handbook, linked in this listing.

Program Components: Supporting Students:Student Engagement, Professional Development:Curriculum Development, Pedagogical Training, Student Assessment, Course Evaluation, Institutional Systems:Incentive/Reward Systems, Personnel/Hiring, Supporting Students:Quantitative Skills
Target Audience: Undergraduate Non-Majors, Undergraduate Majors, Post-doctoral Fellows, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty
Point of Intervention: Major/Department
Institution Type: Doctorate-granting Universities:Highest Research Activity

Learning Environment and Academic Research Network (L.E.A.R.N.)
Travis York, APLU
A program that invites science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students to become a part of a supportive learning community. F-L.E.A.R.N. is for students entering UCF from high school. T-L.E.A.R.N. is for students entering UCF from a state/community college. L.E.A.R.N is for , students must be incoming freshman or transferring from a state college, who will start in summer or fall and major in one of the following disciplines: -Engineering and Computer Science -Science (Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Math, Physics, Forensic Science, Psychology, and Statistics) -Optics and Photonics.

Activity Types: Teaching Circles/Learning Communities
Program Components: Supporting Students:Learning Communities, Undergraduate Research, Scholarships, Grants, Workstudy, Mentoring Program
Target Audience: Undergraduate Non-Majors, Undergraduate Majors, First Generation College Students, Underrepresented Minority Students, First-year College Students
Point of Intervention: College/School

Engineering Career Awareness Program (ECAP)
Travis York, APLU

Program Components: Supporting Students:Scholarships, Grants, Workstudy, Mentoring Program, Bridge Program, Professional Development:Diversity/Inclusion, Supporting Students:Tutoring, Learning Communities, Academic Support, Undergraduate Research, Outreach:Student Recruiting
Target Audience: First-year College Students, Underrepresented Minority Students, Undergraduate Non-Majors, First Generation College Students, K12 Students
Point of Intervention: College/School
Institution Type: Doctorate-granting Universities:Highest Research Activity

Building the capacitiy for a robust STEM Teacher Preparation Program
Katherine Chen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) in the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a distinctive program where WPI undergraduates earning a bachelor's degree in science, mathematics, or engineering can also obtain an initial teaching license in the state of Massachusetts, all within four years at the university. We are conducting design-based research on our teacher preparation program and local school system, and developing the infrastructure for our teacher candidates to be effective STEM teachers in high-need schools.

Program Components: Supporting Students:Cohort Program, Professional Preparation
Target Audience: Undergraduate Majors, Pre-Service K12 Teachers

Creative Scientific Inquiry Experiences
Ellene Tratras Contis, Eastern Michigan University
The Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience (CSIE) is a STEM-related program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that connects students with faculty and with community projects through an integrated science curriculum. We specialize in creating learning experiences for students in STEM fields through innovative courses and student events. Our courses are 1-2 credit hours, and faculty work with community partners to develop coursework that allows students to work on real-world problems.

Activity Types: Workshops, Teaching Circles/Learning Communities, Conferences
Program Components: Outreach:Inter-Institutional Collaboration, Student Recruiting, Presentations/Talks, Professional Development:Student Assessment, Institutional Systems:Incentive/Reward Systems, Professional Development:Curriculum Development, Pedagogical Training, Advising and Mentoring, Diversity/Inclusion, Institutional Systems:Interdepartmental Collaboration, Supporting Students:Mentoring Program, Clubs/Social Activities, Outreach:Informal Education, Supporting Students:Student Engagement, Bootcamp, Tutoring, Outreach:Marketing Campaign
Target Audience: Institution Administration, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty, Underrepresented Minority Students, Undergraduate Non-Majors, First-year College Students, Undergraduate Majors, First Generation College Students
Point of Intervention: Institution
Institution Type: Doctorate-granting Universities:Moderate Research Activity

Teachers in Industry
Bruce Johnson, The University of Arizona
Teachers in Industry is a partnership between the University of Arizona College of Education, Tucson Values Teachers, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and more than 40 industry partners along with Arizona school districts, schools, and teachers. We offer teachers a combination of paid summer work experiences in Arizona businesses and industries and intensive coursework leading to either professional development credits or a master's degree focused on STEM education. The purposes of Teachers in Industry are to 1) increase teacher retention rates and 2) to equip teachers with experiences needed to prepare their students for the 21st century workforce.

Program Components: Outreach:In-Service Teacher Training
Target Audience: In-Service K12 Teachers
Institution Type: Doctorate-granting Universities:Highest Research Activity

UC Davis Bridge to the Doctorate Program
Travis York, APLU
The UC Davis Bridge to the Doctorate program is funded by the National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP). The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of students matriculating into and successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in order to diversify the STEM workforce. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

Activity Types: Teaching Circles/Learning Communities
Program Components: Supporting Students:Learning Communities, Tutoring, Academic Support, Scholarships, Grants, Workstudy, Outreach:Public Outreach, Supporting Students:Mentoring Program
Target Audience: Graduate Students, Undergraduate Majors, First Generation College Students, Underrepresented Minority Students
Point of Intervention: Major/Department

LAUNCH: Learning Communities
Travis York, APLU
Learning communities (LCs) are opportunities for students to actively participate in their education. Learning communities connect students with others of similar interests or backgrounds, enrich the learning process and promote greater student success. Creating a rich learning environment, learning communities emphasize relationships and community building among students, faculty and staff. LCs usually feature small group interaction, common intellectual experiences, and mentorship from peers and/or faculty. Students gain insight into the context for course material, develop a social network and support, are exposed to new experiences and develop their critical thinking skills.

Activity Types: Teaching Circles/Learning Communities
Program Components: Supporting Students:Academic Support, Mentoring Program, Learning Communities
Target Audience: Undergraduate Majors, First Generation College Students, Undergraduate Non-Majors, First-year College Students, Underrepresented Minority Students
Point of Intervention: Institution

CCHF Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP)
Travis York, APLU
CSURP is a program for undergraduate students, majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering, interested in conducting supervised summer research. The program is supported by the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF), which is a network of 23 academic and industrial research laboratories at 15 partner institutions throughout the country. The CCHF is one of eight National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Centers for Chemical Innovation.

Program Components: Supporting Students:Student Engagement, Undergraduate Research, Mentoring Program, Scholarships, Grants, Workstudy, Professional Preparation
Target Audience: First Generation College Students, Undergraduate Majors, Underrepresented Minority Students
Point of Intervention: Major/Department

Water Network for Team STEM (WaNTS)
Travis York, APLU
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), working with multiple partner agencies in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and in Pohnpei (PNI) State of the Federated States of Micronesia, two rural and remote jurisdictions of the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI), proposes a two-year Design and Development Launch Pilot, Water Network for Team STEM, (WaNTS). WaNTS will nurture greater participation of Indigenous Pacific Islanders in STEM fields, facilitated by a collective impact model that employs the locally meaningful topic of clean drinking water as a vehicle for both K–12 engagement and broader community organization and action. Intergenerational and cross-jurisdiction networking will meld Western STEM with local ecological knowledge, empowering Inclusive Informal Science Learning Teams (IISLTs), Advisory Groups, and multiple, local, school-based Water Quality Management Teams (WQMTs), impacting thousands of residents. A repository of locally applicable educational materials will be created, maintained, and disseminated.

Activity Types: Conferences, Workshops
Program Components: Supporting Students:Learning Communities
Target Audience: Undergraduate Majors, Transfer Students, First Generation College Students, First-year College Students, Undergraduate Non-Majors, K12 Students, Underrepresented Minority Students
Point of Intervention: Multiple Institutions