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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
Andrew Izsák

Welcome message from program director

It is Fall 2018 and there is lots of exciting activity going on in STEM Education at Tufts. Our largest new initiative is supported by a very generous gift from the James F. McDonnell Family Foundation, which is contributing $8 million to Tufts to establish the Tufts Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI, as in "early"). Faculty in the STEM Education program are delighted to be founding members of IRLI. The larger purpose of IRLI is to build a culture of discipline-based research on undergraduate learning at Tufts that cuts across departments in the School of Engineering and the School of Arts & Sciences. The Institute builds on work we are already doing in Biology, Mechanical Engineering and the CEEO, and Physics. The McDonnell Family gift will support hiring three new faculty members, also in STEM Education, to work in collaboration with discipline departments in Engineering and Arts & Sciences.

And then there are all the new projects starting, in K-12 engineering and college science. More information about these can be found at these links to our new and ongoing research projects and to our new and ongoing outreach projects. Follow 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 2019. The application deadline is December 15, 2018. If you're interested in studying STEM Education, whether to pursue research or to deepen your understanding as an educator, we would love to talk with you. If you have any questions about the program, about applying, or about whether STEM Education is for you, please contact us!

Andrew Izsák
Director, STEM Education