About the Institute

Mission and Vision

The Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education (i²STEMe) aims to establish collaborative interdisciplinary programs committed to excellence in K-20 STEM teaching and learning, with a focus on rural, diverse, low socio-economic status (SES), and under-represented populations.

Here at i2STEMe, we strive to create broadly inclusive partnerships across academia, business, education, and research centers in Southeast Georgia, support professional development, outreach, curricular development, innovative courses, and research in STEM education through grant funded projectors, and establish interdisciplinary STEM education master’s and Ph.D. programs.

The Institute will address problems indigenous to the rural environments of the region, including issues of cultural diversity and cultural relevance within our diverse population, matter of equitable access to STEM for low SES students, and concerns about the relevance of stem for rural students.

Long-term goals of the Institute are to establish partnerships across Georgia, the southeastern region of the United States, nationally, and even internationally to address issues of STEM education in rural areas.

The i2STEMe will strive to:

  • Create broadly inclusive partnerships across academia, business, education, and research centers in the coastal plain of Georgia
  • Support professional development, outreach, curricular development, and research in STEM education through
    • custom designed projects
    • grant-funded projects
    • research projects
    • summer experiences
  • Establish interdisciplinary STEM education programs for teachers, faculty and students through
    • Professional development programs
    • Interdisciplinary STEM courses
    • Provide expertise in the development, submission, implementation, and evaluation of grants and projects through
      • identifying funding opportunities
      • collaborative partnership development
      • reviewing proposals
      • assisting with proposal submission
      • assisting with development of supplemental documents such as current/pending, data plans
      • addressing broader impact initiatives
      • addressing evaluation component
      • assisting with purchasing and planning events


The Institute of Interdisciplinary STEM Education was founded in 2012 with the guidance of Robert Mayes, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University. Together Dr. Mayes, Dr. Tracy Linderholm, and Karin Scarpinato proposed a university-wide program to promote STEM education across campus with support from Thomas Koballa, Ph. D., Dean of the College of Education and university upper administration. All seven colleges within the university participated in the development and implementation of the institute.

Last updated: 8/23/2018

Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education • Georgia Southern University College of Education PO Box 8013 Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-8650