The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, housed in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, was founded in 2013 to make a lasting impact in STEM education through its research and the translation of evidence-based findings into programs that have broader impacts on student interest in, identity with, and learning of the STEM disciplines. The Center collaborates with researchers and practitioners at Notre Dame and across the nation to help all students innovate, engage, and excel in the STEM disciplines. The work of the Center especially targets students from under-represented populations and students in Catholic schools.
The Center for STEM Education is located in Carole Sandner Hall, at the heart of campus behind the Main Building and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Mission and Vision
Animated by the mission of the University of Notre Dame, the Center for STEM Education conducts and applies research to improve STEM teaching and learning for all students, especially students from underrepresented populations and students in Catholic schools.
To be a premier, transformative center for the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, especially for children of underserved populations.
The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education conducts and applies research for the benefit of all students. As part of the University of Notre Dame, the Center is uniquely positioned to engage the nearly two million students in our nation’s Catholic schools, for which STEM education research and outreach are greatly needed.
The Center focuses on two levers to effect change:
Improving STEM teaching quality
Increasing students’ access to high-quality STEM programs. While applicable across the K-16 spectrum, the work of the Center is especially situated across grades K-12