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
and Physics & Astronomy,
as well as the Center for
Engineering Education and Outreach.
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,
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
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.
Director, STEM Education