About the Institute

The mission of i2STEMe is to provide professional development, engage in community outreach and seek external funding to promote STEM teaching and learning in both formal and informal educational settings. The Institute hosts many annual events including summer camps, Science Olympiad and the annual Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Learning Conference.

The Institute was founded in 2012 with the guidance of College of Education’s Robert Mayes, Ph.D., professor of STEM education. Together, Mayes, COE Associate Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs Tracy Linderholm, Ph.D., and Karin Scarpinato, a former associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (COSM), proposed a University-wide program to promote STEM education across campus with support from former COE Dean Thomas Koballa, Ph.D., and upper administration. All colleges at the University participated in the development and implementation of i2STEMe.

The i2STEMe Goals:

  • 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

Last updated: 7/9/2019


Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education • PO Box 8013 Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-8650