ABOUT THE CENTER
The Center for Science & Mathematics Education (CSME) at NDSU:
- Provides an infrastructure for the operation of multiple science and mathematics education projects.
- Promotes collaboration with other North Dakota institutions to implement a statewide plan for the improvement of undergraduate teacher preparation and graduate professional development for science and mathematics teachers.
- Provides opportunities for faculty and students to become involved in K-16 science and mathematics education projects.
- Supports the ongoing efforts of individuals, departments, and groups of faculty involved with K-12 activities such as science fairs, Governor's School, Science Olympiad, math contests, and other science/math functions.
History of the CSME:
- Establishment of the CSME was approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education on March 19, 1998. Initial support came from the NDSU College of Human Development & Education and the College of Science & Mathematics.
- Dr. Debra Tomanek served as the first CSME director, with the CSME headquartered in Stevens Hall 224 and 225.
- Dr. Donald Schwert assumed CSME directorship in June, 2000.
- The CSME moved to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life Center in August, 2002.
- Educational and research grants administered through the CSME totaled over $4 million in 2004.
- Paul Kelter assumes CSME directorship in June 2014. Kelter earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry in 1980 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his bachelor’s degree in 1976 from the City College of the City University of New York. Kelter has many publications, including three textbooks, one book and 70 refereed journal articles. He has given more than 220 professional seminars and has been the principal or co-principal investigator on $16 million in external grants. Kelter has received many honors and awards, including as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Board of Trustees Professor at Northern Illinois University, University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Marie Foscue Rourk Professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Distinguished Teacher ‘ad perpetuum’ at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Distinguished Teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.