Get Involved with the Center for STEM Learning

Whether you are interested in becoming a high school science teacher or doing research on STEM education, there are many different ways to get involved with the Center for STEM Learning. We're always looking for talented people to join our efforts as faculty, graduate students, or undergraduate Learning Assistants! The following are just a few of the ways to get involved.

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DBER Seminar: The Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) seminar is a multi-disciplinary weekly series that emphasizes discipline-based STEM education research. It is a forum for faculty, staff, researchers, postdoctoral and graduate students and undergraduates interested in education research and course transformation to share their ideas and get feedback on their work. These seminars bring together like-minded individuals from roughly 45 different programs and departments across four schools/colleges. The average weekly attendance is more than 20 people. In addition to being intellectually rich, these meetings also serve to create a community among the many STEM education researchers on campus. All are welcome to attend, including the public. This semester DBER is held on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm. Visit our DBER page for a current schedule and list of topics.

Workshops. In order to provide a forum for discussing critical issues in STEM education, we are pleased to offer a workshop program for faculty and instructors. The workshops support faculty in redesigning their courses to effectively incorporate research-based pedagogies, including the use of clickers and peer instruction, student group work, assessment, and education research. Visit our current workshop schedule.

Individual consultations. In order to provide targeted, individual support for faculty engaged in STEM education efforts, we are pleased to offer free, open consulting services in course redesign, assessment, and educational research. Sign up for individual consultations.

Chancellor's Awards: Apply for funding through the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education: Awards of up to $10,000 for faculty/staff, and part-time (25%) graduate research fellowships of up to one academic year are available to support faculty and graduate students engagement in innovative research and student learning and implementation of research-based STEM education programs and initiatives. Awardees are chosen through a competitive proposal process, with a call for proposals typically in the Spring.

Learning Assistant Program: An affiliate program of the Center for STEM Learning, the LA program uses the transformation of large-enrollment science courses as a mechanism for recruiting and preparing talented science majors for careers in teaching, to engage science faculty in the recruitment and preparation of future teachers, to improve the quality of science education for all undergraduates, and to encourage departmental cultures to value research-based teaching for ourselves and for our students. Read more.


Swap Links: send us your logo and details about your program and we'll feature it on our web site and link us from yours. If you don't have a web site yet, we can also provide support by giving you a page on our site.

Collaborate on funding proposals – CU faculty and researchers have brought in more than $20 million for STEM education from a variety of funding agencies, including the NSF, NIH, HHMI, and many others. The more coordination and collaboration there are for funding, the stronger the programs at CU will be.

Tell us about your events: We have a growing events calendar and would love to feature your next colloquium, symposium, meeting or event. Send details to