STEM Education Institute moving to Graduate School

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Institute will formally affiliate with the Graduate School’s Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate (NEAGEP), effective July 1.

The move brings together two programs tasked with bolstering the quality of, access to and support for science and math education.

The goal of the STEM Education Institute, which has operated under the auspices of Outreach, is to improve science, technology, engineering and math education by linking university faculty and students with K-12 students and teachers. Under the direction of program founder Morton Sternheim, the program focuses on teacher improvement, educational research and curriculum development.

NEAGEP’s mission, as part of the Graduate School, is to encourage and prepare underrepresented minority undergraduates to apply to graduate school to pursue Ph.D.s. in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, said dean John Mullin.

“We’re thrilled,” said Mullin. “STEM adds great value to the Graduate School by providing a clear path for encouraging diversity from junior high school right through to graduate school.”

Vice Provost for Outreach Sharon Fross said that the move will allow the two programs to reinforce each other’s efforts in preparing a new generation of science, mathematics and engineering students and teachers.

“This is a realignment that makes a great deal of sense, and will make both programs even stronger in fostering and supporting the science and math professors of tomorrow,” said Fross.