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The Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education (i2STEMe) will establish collaborative interdisciplinary programs committed to excellence in K-20 STEM teaching and learning, with a focus on rural, diverse, low SES, and under-represented populations. We want to expand and capitalize on Georgia Southern’s excellent track record for graduating minority students in STEM areas. To this end, the i2STEMe will strive to create broadly inclusive partnerships across academia, business, education, and research centers in Southeast Georgia, support professional development, outreach, curricular development, innovative courses, and research in STEM education through grant funded projects, and establish interdisciplinary STEM education master’s and Ph.D. programs. The Institute will address problems indigenous to the rural environments of the region, including issues of cultural diversity and cultural relevance within our diverse population, matters of equitable access to STEM for low SES students, and concerns about the relevance of STEM for rural students. Long-term goals of the Institute are to establish partnerships across Georgia, the southeastern region of the United States, nationally, and even internationally to address issues of STEM education in rural areas.

Mission

The mission of the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education is to establish collaborative interdisciplinary programs committed to excellence in STEM teaching and learning in both formal K-20 education and informal settings.

Our Purpose

The Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education (i²STEMe) aims to establish collaborative interdisciplinary programs committed to excellence in K-20 STEM teaching and learning, with a focus on rural, diverse, low SES, and under-represented populations.

We want to expand and capitalize on Georgia Southern’s excellent track record for graduating minority students in STEM areas. To this end, the i²STEMe will strive to create broadly inclusive partnerships across academia, business, education, and research centers in Southeast Georgia, support professional development, outreach, curricular development, innovative courses, and research in STEM education through grant funded projects, and establish interdisciplinary STEM education master’s and Ph.D. programs.

The Institute will address problems indigenous to the rural environments of the region, including issues of cultural diversity and cultural relevance within our diverse population, matters of equitable access to STEM for low SES students, and concerns about the relevance of STEM for rural students.

Long-term goals of the Institute are to establish partnerships across Georgia, the southeastern region of the United States, nationally, and even internationally to address issues of STEM education in rural areas.

The i2STEMe will strive to:

  • Create broadly inclusive partnerships across academia, business, education, and research centers in the coastal plain of Georgia
  • Support professional development, outreach, curricular development, and research in STEM education through
    • custom designed projects
    • grant funded projects
    • research projects
    • summer experiences
  • Establish interdisciplinary STEM education programs for teachers, faculty and students through
    • Professional development programs
    • Interdisciplinary STEM courses
    • Undergraduate minor in interdisciplinary STEM
    • Master’s degree in interdisciplinary STEM
    • Ph.D. degree in interdisciplinary STEM
  • Provide expertise in the development, submission, implementation, and evaluation of grants and projects through
    • identifying funding opportunities
    • collaborative partnership development
    • reviewing proposals
    • assisting with proposal submission
    • assisting with development of supplemental documents such as budget, budget justification, current/pending, data plans
    • addressing broader impact initiatives
    • addressing evaluation component
    • assisting with purchasing and planning events

Who we are

Dr. Robert Mayes, Director
Dr_-Robert-MayesThe Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education oversees the research, grant development, outreach and teaching missions of the Institute. The Director leads the research mission, collaborating with the Fellows to determine research focus, establish research teams, and seek funding to support research efforts. The Director also maintains a research program funded by grants. The Director identifies grant submission priorities and collaborates with the Project Development Specialist on recruiting grant writing teams and supporting grant submission. The Director serves as a PI or Co-PI on grant submissions and funded projects. The Director determines outreach priorities and collaborates with the Outreach Coordinator on funding and implementation of outreach efforts. The Director also leads an active outreach effort for interdisciplinary STEM teachers. The Director collaborates with the Fellows and Project Development Specialist on establishing interdisciplinary STEM courses. Contact Robert Mayes at rmayes@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-2423.  Dr. Mayes current CV

 

Dr. Kania Greer, Project Development Specialist
greer1Dr. Greer works to develop grant collaborations around K-20 STEM Education. Collaborations consist of post-secondary faculty, school systems, business partners, and research institution across Georgia and the country. In addition, she assists with the administration of funded proposals and promotes STEM Outreach. If you are interested in partnering on a proposal, have an idea for a proposal, or would like to discuss how the Institute can work with you, please contact Kania Greer at kagreer@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-2549.

 

Dr. Lisa Millsaps, STEM Outreach Specialist

Lisa Millsaps photoDr. Millsaps works to connects the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education with the community and surrounding school districts. She coordinates professional development projects for school districts and science education organizations. Additionally, Dr. Millsaps assists in implementing comprehensive STEM outreach programs and events, such as the STEM Festival and Science Olympiad, and aids in conducting research on the impact of STEM outreach projects on teacher practice and student learning. You can contact Lisa Millsaps at ltabor@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-2559.

 

Dr. Lisa Stueve, STEM InK Executive Director

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Executive Director of STEM InK will work to support the mission and vision of the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education while creating opportunities to collaborate with all stakeholders, schools, systems, research facilities and businesses to promote Authentic Engaging STEM Interdisciplinary Knowledge World – Wide. You can contact Lisa Stueve at lstueve@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-5151.

Last updated: 11/30/2016

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