Coming together to cultivate STEM:

College of Science, College of Education and the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning

In an increasingly technology-oriented world, no areas are growing faster than those related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics. From an interdisciplinary curriculum approach, these fields are referred to by the acronym “STEM”, and careers in these related industries are expected to grow more than 13% by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, workers in these sectors will find jobs that pay more than the national average at any level: bachelors, masters, or doctoral. Simultaneously, the need for some fundamental literacy in STEM fields is increasing for all citizens and consumers, irrespective of their occupation.

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning brings evidence-based solutions to prepare OSU students for the rapid surge in STEM fields and the increasing role of STEM in a democratic society. Formed in 2012 through a partnership between the College of Science and the College of Education with broad campus support, the Center is strategically housed in OSU’s Office of Research. The Center focuses its initial research and collaborative work on the following:

·         Undergraduate STEM success, including their willingness and ability to be lifelong learners

·         The role of the university within a larger “learning ecology” of students, and

·         The role faculty outreach plays in supporting STEM literacy in society

The Center will partner with the College of Science and the College of Education, who both bring strengths to this synergistic collaboration. The College of Education boasts an innovative Free-Choice Learning program, which prepares graduate students for careers in informal educational settings. The College is also breeding a new crop of scientists in any field with the capacity to engage lay people in STEM. The College of Science has attracted national attention to its successful online chemistry courses, mathematics education degrees, Discipline Based Education Research (DBER), and its renowned Physics Paradigms programs. The two colleges are thrilled to combine their strengths in science and education to nurture the growth of STEM learning and to collaborate with the Center on rigorous research that increases our understanding of evidence-based effective practices.

The Center seeks to promote collaboration among multiple disciplines, enhance the broader impact of research at OSU and expand professional networking opportunities across campus. Through local, regional, and national applied research projects, the Center will broaden our understanding of evidence-based lifelong STEM learning practices that will benefit students in and out of the classroom.


Join us for our fall event

To introduce STEM and Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning to the community, we invite you to hear Center Director Martin Storksdieck talk about “Cultivating a STEM-Ready Society” on Friday, October 31. Dr. Storksdieck arrived at OSU in June 2014 after serving as Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Please join us for provocative remarks and lively conversation over coffee and pastries. The event is open to anyone interested in STEM education.


EVENT:  Cultivating a STEM-Ready Society

Friday, October 31

9:30  -  11:00 am

Memorial Union, Horizon Room

To RSVP, please call 541-737 -2226 or email .

Click here for the event flyer.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 14, 2014