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The Center for STEM Research, Education, and Outreach is a university-wide initiative to develop, strengthen, and promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) research, education, and outreach at SIUE and in the region. It is a collaborative enterprise among several SIUE academic units (the College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Education and Engineering, and the allied health sciences), other regional higher education organizations, local community colleges, school districts, regional offices of education, government agencies, business, and the community at large. The Center provides expertise in STEM education program design and implementation, research, and evaluation. Projects are funded by government agencies and corporations such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, Illinois State Board of Education, The Boeing Company, and USTRANSCOM.

Specific goals include the following:

  1. Build and support interdisciplinary teams of SIUE faculty to conduct STEM education projects and seek and secure external and internal funding.
  2. Provide access to equipment, facilities, and expertise for STEM education research to SIUE faculty and students and the broader community.
  3. Facilitate and promote innovations in SIUE undergraduate and graduate STEM teaching.
  4. Enhance teaching and learning of STEM for pre-service and in-service teachers.
  5. Develop, enhance, coordinate, and promote new and existing STEM-related outreach in the southern Illinois region to enhance STEM literacy.
  6. Develop and maintain a comprehensive STEM resource and equipment center for in-service and pre-service teachers, SIUE faculty, and other local stakeholders.
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