A focus on STEM education
SFA is dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education – and we created our STEM Research and Learning Center to educate, train and inspire the next generation of STEM students and teachers. With a focus on interdisciplinary research, the center is committed to increasing STEM awareness, enhancing its public perception and facilitating innovation in STEM university education.
The STEM Research and Learning Center empowers STEM educators and aspiring educators to transform their districts by funding trips to conferences including: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers (CAST), Texas Undergraduate Math Conference (TUMC), Texas Academy of Science (TAS) and the Noyce Learner Networker Conference in Washington D.C.
The STEM Center is committed to a focus on interdisciplinary research, increasing STEM awareness and public perception, facilitating innovation in STEM university education, and empowering STEM teachers and leaders to transform their districts.
Business and Industry Speaker Series
Organized by the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series aims to connect students with STEM professionals and give them a behind-the-scenes look into their future careers.
The monthly events feature a joint presentation by a business or industry professional and an SFA STEM student. Business or industry speakers discuss why their particular background in STEM is important to their company or organization. STEM students share how and why they became interested in their STEM discipline, what drew them to SFA, and what they look forward to as they enter their careers.
Past STEM business and industry speakers have included:
- SFA student Sam Jentsch, dual computer science and mathematics major, who began working for Google after graduation in May 2017, co-presented with Industry Leader, Adam Schlesinger, who leads numerous projects at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
- SFA student Brooke Busbee, mathematics graduate student, co-presented with Kristi Owens, SFA mathematics alumna and vice president and wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch.
- SFA student Marlon Walls, engineering physics major who holds a 4.0 GPA and plays football for the Lumberjacks, co-presented with Dr. Scott Coleman, SFA Regent and owner of Coleman Dental.
Talented Teachers in Training for Texas (T4) is designed to increase STEM teaching capacity and study the development of a research-based model for strengthening the STEM teacher pipeline. The T4 program provides teaching careers, scholarships and job shadowing opportunities.
Get a firsthand look at life in the classroom by shadowing an experienced classroom teacher. Students selected for the T4 job shadowing program receive a stipend of $450 per week and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of mentoring and recruiting activities. To be considered for the T4 job shadowing program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Be a math or science major
- Have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Be a U.S. citizen
Give your career a test drive
Considering a career in teaching? Explore before you commit. SFA’s T4 Teacher Test Drive program allows students to try out STEM as a teaching career option through a one-hour course designed for incoming freshmen.
Only 20 students are selected to participate, and those who successfully complete the course will be reimbursed for the associated tuition. If you do commit, SFA offers one of the leading certification programs in the state in mathematics teaching. If you want to make a difference in students’ lives by introducing them to the world of mathematics and opening their eyes to its possibilities, this degree program will prepare you for a rewarding teaching career.
The T4 Scholarship
The T4 Scholarship awards $14,400 annually. Scholarship recipients must commit to spending 2 years teaching in a high-need school district after graduation. The scholarship is renewable for one year. To be considered for the T4 Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be a STEM major
- Be enrolled at SFA
- Completed 60 credit hours with a 2.75 GPA or higher
- Be a U.S. citizen
T4 Scholarship students have access to a variety of mentoring opportunities, as well as opportunities to attend conferences and networking events.
SMART Texas Scholars Program identifies highly talented STEM students and supports them with scholarships up to $32,000 through the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program. SFA currently has 18 SMART Texas Scholars. These Scholars participate in STEM Learning Communities, attend conferences, and are mentored into hand-on STEM experiences early in their college careers.
STEM Club is made up of the various organizations and clubs across the College of Sciences and Mathematics. In 2018, STEM Club will unite with Residential Learning Communities to offer field trips, movie night, games night, competition events and more. In 2017, students visited the production facilities of Animal Science Products, examined aquatic life at Lake Nacogdoches, toured SFA's Virtual Reality Laboratory, and experienced the Pathology Lab at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Join us in the spring as we plan to take a look behind-the-scenes at a zoo and visit an engineering and manufacturing facility. STEM Club news also keeps students abreast of the many volunteer opportunities through the STEM Research and Learning Center.