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The Center for Science & Mathematics Education (CSME) supports and promotes active-learning based science and mathematics education projects for youth statewide and individuals who teach those youth. Read more about CSME's goals and objectives below.

CSME provides the infrastructure to support multiple K-20 science, mathematics, and engineering education (STEM) projects that are collaborative in nature. We host and facilitate competitive STEM projects and events for K-12 students. Listed below are the projects we work with.

Individuals, organizations, and agencies interested in enhancing the relationships of STEM disciplines to education are encouraged to contact us.

CSME Goals and Objectives:

  1. Provides an infrastructure for the operation of multiple science and mathematics education projects.
  2. 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.
  3. Provides opportunities for faculty and students to become involved in K-16 science and mathematics education projects.
  4. Supports the ongoing efforts of individuals, departments, and groups of faculty involved with K-12 activities such as Governor's School, Science Olympiad, and other science/math functions.

CSME Projects:

The projects we work with include activities that promote STEM education at the K-20 level.  Below is a list of the projects we currently work with.  

Avenues of Scientific DiscoveryNDSU graduate student's have created hands-on activities showcasing their fields of study that allows you to experience what science is all about in the real world. Check out the different booths set up. Move at your own pace to investigate what these life-science fields are all about. Participate in the activities, pose questions to the graduate students, or just come to witness science in action. 

North Dakota Governor's School, a six-week residential program for scholastically motivated North Dakota high school sophomores and juniors.  Students live, work, and have fun on NDSU's campus.  Governor's Schools' academic programs offer high-quality, concentrated instruction from NDSU faculty through classroom experiences, discussion groups, labs, field trips, and other activities.

North Dakota Science Olympiad is part of the premier science competitions in the nation offered through the the National Science Olympiad program. The National Science Olympiad provides rigorous, standards-based challenges to more than 7,300 teams in 50 states. North Dakota's Science Olympiad serves more than 700 students. Science Olympiad's ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience. 

Expanding Your Horizons is a nationwide conference held for young women in grades 7-9 to encourage and develop their career interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in an effort to overcome a history of limited participation by women in these career fields. The tri-college consortium offers a one-day regional Expanding Your Horizons conference each year in April to connect students with women working in STEM career fields and foster a love of STEM education.

History of CSME:

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education established the Center for Science and Mathematics Education on March 19, 1998.  Initial support came from the NDSU College of Human Development & Education and theNDSU College of Science & Mathematics. Today, the NDSU School of Education also provides programmatic support.  Funding in support of our collaborative grant efforts comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF),National Institutes of Health (NIH)U.S. Department of Education, and other federal/state agencies. 

Upcoming Events:



  • CSME recently became part of the new Office of Teaching and Learning.
  • Dr. Lisa M. Montplaisir received the 2015 NDSU College Paul Juell Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

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Center for Science & Mathematics Education
FLC Suite 314 Dept. 2020
Tel: 701-231-7015

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