2017 Creative Teaching Awards

Congratulations to our STEM colleagues Julie Luft and Kris Miller, recipients of 2017 Creative Teaching Awards for their efforts in developing a Peer Learning Assistant pedagogy training course.

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The Art of STEM

We've been blown away by the quality of submissions for this inaugural event! Winning entries will be featured at the UGA STEM Institute in March.

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Thanks for making the 2017 STEM Institute a Success!

Nearly 100 STEM enthusiasts joined us on Tuesday, March 28th for our Sixth Annual Event.

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STEM Peer Learning Assistants

Learn about UGA's new STEM Peer Learning Assistant (PLA) program!

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Featured Initiative

STEM Peer Learning Assistants

Apply HERE to be a PLA for Spring 2018!

UGA OSE is currently in year two of a three year pilot program sposored by the University System of Georgia's STEM Initiative. One of our main projects is the development of the Peer Learning Assistant (PLA) program, which leverages undergraduates as an instructional resource for their peers in several core STEM courses. Learn about the program, track our progress, and see where PLAs are working HERE!



STEM GPA Bump Takes Effect Fall 2017

Georgia House Bill 801 goes into effect starting fall semester, adding a .5 GPA bump to certain rigorous STEM courses to students' HOPE GPAs. Learn more and find out which courses are eligible by clicking here!

Eclipse "Blackout" Event at Sanford Stadium

Sanford Stadium will host a 'blackout' viewing event during the August 21st. total solar eclipse. The event will take place on Aug. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., and it is free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to witness this historic celesstial event!

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$1 Million Grant for STEM

UGA will launch a new program to increase underrepresented minority enrollment in graduate programs in the STEM fields. The Bridges to the Doctorate program, which is funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, builds on the university's longstanding Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program.

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Tech Showcases at the SLC

Several times each semester, beginning spring 2017, the Office of STEM Education will bring representatives from around campus to offer interactive demos of cool and current technologies.

Upcoming Showcase:
Tuesday, April 11th
10:30 AM - SLC Lobby
Rapid Prototyping / MakerSpace
Andrew Johnson, Emerging Technologies Librarian

Informational Flyer Here

Learning Assistants Speaker Series Archive

On February 17th, Dr. Valerie Otero visited from CU-Boulder to present on the use of Learning Assistants. Dr. Otero is the director of the LA program at CU-Boulder, the pioneer of this high-impact instructional practice. Several STEM partner departments are currently using Peer Learning Assistants in their courses.

View the archive of Dr. Otero's presentation

Learn more about Learning Assistants at UGA


The ART of STEM Inaugural Competition

We were simply blown away by all the fantastic submissions for the 2017 Inaugural 'Art of STEM' competition. Five finalists were selected from a field of 33 entries representing students from all across campus. An 'Award of Excellence' has been bestowed upon the top rated entry, with the additional finalists receiving a 'Special Merit Award'. Each finalist will have their art professionally printed and unveiled at the UGA STEM Institute on March 28th. They will then be displayed at the Science Learning Center. 


UGA receives $4 million NSF grant to continue broadening participation in STEM

Funding for a program that has helped triple minority enrollment in STEM fields at the University of Georgia has been renewed for the second time by the National Science Foundation.

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New Science Learning Center Opens

The new 122,500-square-foot building on south campus is officially open. Featuring 33 labs, two 280-seat lecture halls, and two SCALE-UP classrooms, the SLC will serve as a new hub for learning on campus.

Read more about the new SLC here.

Four Athens Offers Coding Classes for All Ages

Local tech incubator Four Athens offers coding classes for everybody. Read about it in Flagpole and learn more here.

Nation's Report Card

CLICK HERE to see new Mathematics and Reading score information from 2015.

Provost's Blog on STEM Success

CLICK HERE to read Provost Whitten's blog post on STEM success at UGA!

Opportunities & Events

UGA Libraries Capturing Science Contest

Explain a STEM concept using ANY format & win $500! The UGA Libraries and Office of Research are sponsoring a contest designed to communicate STEM concepts to a wide audience. All currently-enrolled UGA undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Students may submit works used for other class assignments. Multiple entries are acceptable.

More info at http://guides.libs.uga.edu/capturingscience

2017 UGA STEM Institute: March 28th

“Promoting New Connections in an Evolving STEM Landscape”
Tuesday, March 28th – Georgia Center for Continuing Education – 8 AM – 1 PM

STEM teaching continues to evolve at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Have we plateaued? Now’s the time to share lessons learned from colleagues inside and outside of STEM to create new tools and vision. With the goals of creating networks and sharing experiences regarding innovative educational practices, members of the University community, K-12 educators, researchers, administrators, and representatives from industry are encouraged to attend and make connections.

Click HERE for an Overview of the 2017 Event


The Art of STEM: 2017 Inaugural Competition

Has your STEM research or coursework led to the creation of art? Perhaps you have captured an image with a microscope or created an appealing illustration or graphic depicting a scientific concept. If you have generated something that represents the 'Art of STEM', we encourage you to submit your work for this inaugural competition. Three winning entries will be announced at the 2017 STEM Institute in March. Winners will receive a certificate and be honored by having their art professionally printed and displayed at the Science Learning Center for the UGA community to enjoy.

More details and entry link here.

SEER Center Workshops

The SEER Center includes faculty, postdocs, and graduate students across the University of Georgia who perform research in collegiate STEM education. The Spring 2017 Workshop Series offers opportunities to enhance your skills as a reasearcher. Follow the link below for more information!

SEER Center Spring 2017 Workshop Series

Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need Georgia secondary schools.

Find out more here


Stay Connected

Add Your Name to the UGA STEM Listserv

Contact tburg {at} uga dt edu to add your name to the UGA STEM listserv. Timely news items and opportunities will be delivered directly to your inbox!

2016 Brochure


The UGA Office of STEM Education (OSE) serves University professors and K-12 teachers to improve the teaching and learning of STEM discplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). With generous support from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents (USG-BOR) and the UGA administration, the OSE supplies research mini-grants, supports STEM Learning Communities, provides letters of support to faculty, and promotes STEM fields to undergraduates and K-12 students. The OSE provides this support to boost learning initiatives, recruit more students, and improve student retention in STEM majors.

How is STEM Defined?

Sign up for the STEM Listserv by sending an email to tburg {at} uga dt edu

Read more about the Office of STEM Education