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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative

CSU is a recipient of one of the University System of Georgia's STEM II Initiative awards to recruit, retain and graduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses and STEM Education fields.

Chemistry demo for students

The USG STEM II initiative supports projects to promote studies in science, technology, engineering and math and lead the state in the preparation of highly needed science and math teachers. Currently, there is a dramatic shortage of teachers in these fields and CSU is becoming one of the leading universities in Georgia for teacher preparation.

Projects and programs supported by this funding include:


Why CSU for math & science teaching?
CSU has an outstanding new program to prepare high school math and science teachers -- UTeach Columbus. This program has received approximately $2.6 million in external funding through Race to the Top funds and a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program grant from the National Science Foundation. We emphasize student engagement using inquiry-based learning and access to our science and math centers of excellence:

Coca-Cola Space Science Center
Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center