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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Students in STEM Education learn about and conduct their own research on learning and teaching in math, science, and engineering. The program involves collaborations with Tufts departments of Child Development, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy, as well as the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

Program Director
David Hammer

Welcome message from program director

It's Fall 2017, there are many exciting developments in STEM Education at Tufts.

I'll start with the biggest: the James F. McDonnell Family Foundation is contributing $8 million to Tufts to establish the Tufts Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI, as in "early"). The hopes and plans for IRLI go beyond our program, but we're delighted to be part of its beginning. IRLI will be dedicated to discipline-based research on learning and instruction at college levels. Faculty in the STEM program are to be founding members, as the Institute builds on work we are already doing in Biology, Mechanical Engineering and the CEEO, and Physics. The McDonnell Family gift will support three new faculty members, also in STEM Education, working similarly in connection with discipline departments in Engineering and Arts & Sciences.

We're also delighted to be welcoming a new faculty member, Prof. Andrew Izsák, starting this January, 2018. Andrew's work is in mathematics education, studying student and teacher reasoning, significantly around various subtle conceptualizations of multiplication. We expect he'll join IRLI as well.

And then there are all the new projects starting, in K-12 engineering and college science. This message has gotten long enough, so I'll suggest you follow this link to our new and ongoing research projects, and this one for new and ongoing outreach, along with the links to the left for more about the program and our faculty.

Finally, we're now accepting applications for new students to join us in Fall 2018. If you're interested in studying STEM Education, whether to pursue research or to deepen your understanding as an educator, we're interested to talk with you.

David Hammer
Director, STEM Education