STEM News & Events

GA House Bill 801 Goes Into Effect

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!

 

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

$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

2017 UGA STEM Institute

“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.

Conference Printables and Additional Info

 

Technology Showcases at the SLC

On Tuesday, February 14th, the Office of STEM Education hosted the first ‘Technology Showcase’ event in the atrium of the Science Learning Center on south campus. Dr. Kyle Johnsen from the College of Engineering, assisted by several of his students, provided an assortment of demonstrations on virtual reality (VR). Three VR interfaces were offered: the Occulus Rift, HTV Vive, and Samsung GEAR VR. Students coming and going from classes stopped by to play virtual sports, take a virtual tour of the human heart, create art in virtual environments, and more. Over 20 individuals were brave enough to strap into the gear and immerse themselves into virtual environments, while dozens more looked on. Monitors were provided so that onlookers could observe what their peers were seeing in their virtual environments.

From left: Participants interact with the Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, and Occulus Rift systems.

Envisioned as an opportunity to showcase current technologies to students, these sessions aim to provide informative and easily consumable demonstrations. Topics slated to be featured include GPS, iBooks, virtual reality, and other common technologies with which students regularly interact without really thinking about the technological underpinnings. The Office of STEM Education hopes to partner with representatives across campus to host several such showcases each semester.

Have an idea for a Tech Showcase topic, or want to host one? Contact Tim Burg: tburg {at} uga dt edu

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.

Read more and submit your art here.

CTL/OSE Co-Sponsored Event

"The Learning Assistant Model as a Catalyst for Institutional Change and Instructional Improvement"

Friday, February 17th

Guest Speaker: Dr. Valerie Otero, CU-Boulder

View the archive HERE!

Flyer from the event

The Learning Assistant (LA) Model: Learning Assistants are undergraduate students who, through the guidance of course instructors and a pedagogy course, facilitate discussions among groups of students in a variety of classroom settings that encourage group interaction.  In this presentation, co-sponsored by the Office of STEM Education, Dr. Otero will discuss the LA model from four vantage points: the classroom, the department, the institution, and the nation. Tools for supporting faculty and programs will be presented and data to support claims about the effectiveness of the model for student learning and persistence will also be discussed.

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 our more HERE!

U.S. fourth- and eighth-graders show gains on national science test

The nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders have made gains in science, and large racial achievement gaps have narrowed slightly, according to the results of a national science test released Thursday.

Link to Story

USG STEM Summit 2016

Representatives from OSE attended the USG STEM Summit 2016 on Monday, August 8th at Middle Georgia State University in Macon. This meeting looked back on the work done across the state during the past several years of the STEM Initiative, as well as provided a look forward towards upcoming Education Improvement Plans (EIP) that are being developed by more than a dozen USG institutions.

Projects from UGA were highlighted in a poster session during the summit. The poster can be viewed HERE.

Additionally, Dr. Chuck Kutal presented on his experiences using Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs) in Honors Chemistry, as well as UGA's plans to implement similar programs in other STEM courses. His presentation materials can be viewed HERE. Watch the complete presentation below.

 

Office of STEM Education Brochure

Click Here to download this year's STEM brochure. This document serves as an overview for what STEM is, as well as various highlights of Academics, Outreach, and Research happening at UGA and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for Making the 2016 UGA STEM Institute a Success!

On Friday, February 26th, over 160 of our STEM colleagues from UGA and across the state helped make the Fifth Annual UGA STEM Institute on Teaching and Learning a great success! Click Here for a Recap of the Agenda, with Links to Available Presentations. Be sure to check back later, as we will continue to add presentation files.

Click Here for Photo Highlights!


Recap: Fourth Annual UGA STEM Institute on Teaching and Learning

The 2015 UGA STEM Institute on Teaching and Learning was a success. You can read more about the event here.

 

Opportunities

GaDOE Math and Science Partnership

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is accepting proposals for grants awarded by the Georgia Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Program. All proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Note - the submission period has ended.

Complete information can be found on the GaDOE website.

How do you make digital count in the classroom? Cengage Learning hosts contest to highlight effective uses of technology to increase student engagement, outcomes.

Student looking at device

According to Cengage Learning, a recent study found that student engagement and outcomes improve when instructors require digital course material. To celebrate and recognize innovative instructors for their success in increasing student engagement through technology, Cengage Learning has announced the launch of its Make It Count instructor video contest. The contest will showcase instructors’ unique best practices for increasing student engagement and success through the use of digital teaching and learning solutions.

Instructors are encouraged to submit an original two-minute (or less) video featuring their favorite digital assignment—demonstrating how the assignment increases student engagement. An independent panel of judges will select 10 finalists in April, and three winners will be determined by public voting by peers. Winners will be featured on the Make It Count instructor contest website and will receive donations to scholarship funds at the instructors’ institutions.

What: Cengage Learning’s Make It Count contest invites post-secondary instructors to submit a two-minute (or less) video on digital assignments. Prizes include a paid trip to a national conference of the winner’s choice and donations to a scholarship fund offered by the winning instructors’ institutions.

Who: The contest is open to all active post-secondary instructors.

When: Entries must be submitted via the Make It Count contest website before 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 13. Independent judges will evaluate submissions and select a number of finalist videos to be featured on the Cengage Learning website. Three winning submissions will be chosen via a public vote.

Why: The Make It Count contest features best practices from instructors on digital assignments to showcase techniques that improve learning outcomes and student success.