Stem Initiatives

STEM INITIATIVES AT CSUDH

The CSUDH Strategic Plan 2014-2020, identifies key priorities that define both the institution and its vital role within our service community in opening educational opportunities and preparing students for today's workplace. In keeping with our theme of "America Happens Here," CSUDH has the most ethnically diverse student body in the CSU, and we reaffirm our commitment to economic, social and demographic richness and to under-represented and first-generation college students. In this context, our campus specifically recognizes the crucial need for STEM initiatives, aiming to develop underserved students' skills and knowledge in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas key to competing in the 21st century. Below is a list of some of the STEM initiatives at CSUDH that are designed to prepare our students to be researchers and teachers in STEM fields.

Dr. Matt Jones preparing K-12 Teachers lesson planning in mathematical modeling and how it can be used in the classroom.

Math Teachers participate in Impact Grant

Implementing Mathematical Practices in Algebra through Collaboration and Technology (IMPACT)

Funded by the US Dept. of Education, this 3-year project provides professional development for middle school mathematics teachers, and includes training with iPad technology as a teaching tool. More than 45 teachers have participated in at least one of the workshops to date as part of our Impact grant. Most of whom are grades 7-8 math teachers in LAUSD South.

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Center for the Innovation of STEM Education (CISE)

Funded by an original $1 M donation from the Annenberg Foundation, the mission of the Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) at CSUDH is to bring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to the forefront of K-16 education through leadership and service. We are a regional center focused on enabling transformative and inspiring STEM learning experiences. We engage with K-16 students as well as pre-service and in-service teachers. Our partnerships with schools, districts, community colleges, local and national organizations, foundations, and industry serve to broaden our impact across institutions, our local community, and society. Our work serves as a model in STEM teaching, and we aim to increase the interest of students in STEM careers and the number and success rate of students entering and completing STEM educational programs. We seek to increase the number of credentialed teachers in STEM in our local service area, to inspire STEM teachers and to assist them in improving their pedagogical practice, and to support the development of STEM teachers as leaders. We support efforts in STEM educational research, as well as efforts to integrate research on effective pedagogy into STEM classes, curricula, and programs. For more information, contact Director and endowed professor Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981, khamdan@csudh.edu.

California Math Project at CSUDH

Funded as a California Subject Matter Project through the University of California Office of the President and the Federal No Child Left Behind program, this program provides ongoing, core funding to support the operation of initiatives supporting mathematics education through professional development for California K-12 teachers. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Jones, 310-243-2410, mjones@csudh.edu.

Freshman Undergraduate STEM Experience (FUSE)

Funded as a CSU STEM Collaborative (CSU Chancellor's Office and the Helmsley Foundation), this program targets incoming freshmen and provides an introduction to STEM disciplines, enhanced STEM courses, and learning support from peer leaders to prepare students to succeed in their first year. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Jones, 310-243-2410, mjones@csudh.edu.

Growing the Readiness of Educators to Enhance and Nurture STEM (GREEN STEM)

Funded by the California Department of Education California Math-Science Partnership program, this 3-year grant partners CSUDH with Whittier City School District and provides professional development to 50 K-2 teachers, enhancing their skill as teachers of mathematics and focusing on using technology as a tool to support learning. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Jones, 310-243-2410, mjones@csudh.edu.

Implementing Mathematical Practices in Algebra through Collaboration and Technology (IMPACT)

Funded by the US Dept. of Education, this 3-year project provides professional development for middle school mathematics teachers, and includes training with iPad technology as a teaching tool. More than 45 teachers have participated in at least one of the workshops to date. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Jones, 310-243-2410, mjones@csudh.edu.

Master Teacher Fellows Program (MTF)

Funded by the National Science Foundation since 2010, MTF is a program that offers participants who are expert science teachers in high-need schools within our service area a 5-year long professional development experiences; participants must commit 5 years to the program by teaching at a high need school; by completing the program, participants can earn a master's degree in biology, become nationally board certified, earn a master teacher certificate, conduct action research with CSU DH faculty and publish their findings, etc. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981 , khamdan@csudh.edu.

Math & Science Teacher Initiative Program (MSTI)

Funded by the CSU Chancellor Office since 2006; since 2006, CSUDH has produced more math and science credentials combined than any other CSU. Through MSTI, we recruit from CSUDH and from partner community colleges, and provide participants academic and financial support and require that they complete a service learning component (minimum one year) and commit to teach at high need schools. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981, khamdan@csudh.edu.

Minority Access to Research Careers, Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research Program (MARC U*STAR)

Funded in part by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS} of the National Institutes of Health (NIH}, the MARC U*STAR program provides support for six honors level students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for Ph.D. programs. This five-year training grant provides funding for the last two years of the student's undergraduate education to enable full engagement in the training experience. Upon admission to the program, MARC U*STAR students are integrated into active research laboratories at CSU DH and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at HarborUCLA Medical Center. The program provides support for enrichment activities to improve students' educational and research outcomes including GRE preparation, graduate admissions preparation, scientific writing workshops, student career development, summer research training, and a research seminar series. The program also provides networking opportunities with notable scientists, graduate students and graduate school recruiters. For more information, contact Dr. Leonardo Martinez, 310-243-3417, leoh@csudh.edu.

Minority Biomedical Research Support Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS RISE)

The MBRS RISE Program seeks to infuse a biomedical research culture intothe science departments at CSUDH thereby making biomedical research an important component of the.research culture at our institution. This 4-year grant funds 14 undergraduate research assistant positions. MBRS RISE students are integrated as research assistants into active research laboratories at CSU DH, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. The Program provides funds for developmental activities that are designed to accomplish our objective. Our overall goal is to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of students in pursuit of research careers and improve the laboratory experiences for students. We are geared towards creating a sense of community among our biomedical researchers that will carry them from the classroom to the research laboratory. The MBRS RISE Program is funded in part by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to providing students with a regular research salary (up to $12,500/year), the program also provides funds for research laboratory supplies and a travel allowance for participants to attend scientific meetings. For more information, contact Dr. Leonardo Martinez, 310-243-3417, leoh@csudh.edu.

Noyce Scholars Program (NSP)

Funded by the National Science Foundation in 2008 and again in 2013; through this 5-year project, we offer participating students financial support ($10,000 peryear) and academic support (one-on-one tutoring, seminars, etc.). Students must complete a service learning component (minimum one year) and must commit to four years of teaching at a high need school within CSUDH's service area. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981 , khamdan@csudh.edu.

NSF-IRES Tropical Ecology Mentorship Program of CSU Dominguez Hills

This program brings together undergraduates, graduate students, and K-12 science teachers to conduct field research in a Costa Rican rainforest in collaboration with international researchers. Since 2008, more than 40 students and teachers have participated and numerous peerreviewed scientific publications have been produced. For more information, contact Dr. John Thomlinson, 310-243-3382, jthomlinson@csudh.edu.

Supporting Pedagogical Innovation for a Generation of Transformation via Inquiry Based Learning in Mathematics (SPIGOT)

Funded by the National Science Foundation as Collaborative Research with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and University of Colorado at Boulder, this 3-year grant supports intensive summer workshops in Inquiry-Based Learning for college mathematics faculty from across the nation. Approximately 80 faculty have attended workshops so far, and another 40 are expected to participate in 2015. The project runs through summer 2015, but a new proposal has been submitted to continue and expand the work. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Jones, 310-243-2410, mjones@csudh.edu.

Transition to Teaching Program (TTT 06 & 09)

Funded by USDOE since 2001 (we have had 5 TTT grants, more than any other IHE in the nation), TTT is an alternative route to certification program for those who aspire to become math and science teachers. We offer participants financial and academic support and cohorted participants meet in classes off campus. We have placed more math and science teachers in high-need schools within our communities than any other IHE. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981, khamdan@csudh.edu.

Transition to Teaching Program (TTT 11)

TTT11 is a statewide program which serves communities all over California. Funded by USDOE in 2011, we developed an all on line and uniqueteacher preparation program. It is the first program of its kind in the state. Participants complete the credential courses online and engage in intensive clinical experiences through a Lab School, and also receive financial and academic support. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981, khamdan@csudh.edu.

Urban Teacher Residency Program (UTR)

Funded by USDOE since 2009, this program combines a credential with a master's in education. The focus also is on math and science. It is a program that is based on the medical residency model where participants serve as residents for one year in math or science classrooms in high-need schools and commit to teach at least four years at such schools. Participants receive financial support ($20,000) and academic support. They complete the program in cohorts and classes are held off campus at partner secondary schools. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981, khamdan@csudh.edu.

California STEM Institute for Innovation & Improvement (CSP)

CSl3 houses the following STEM projects: TTT (09), TTT-Online,UTR, MSTI, NSP I, NSP II , MTF, SSETI, Pathways Academy, and STAR. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981, khamdan@csudh.edu.

STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency (STAR)

STAR will prepare highly qualified secondary science and math teachers for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Residents will earn a master's and preliminary credential in 15 months and be hired by LAUSD in high-need schools that enroll large percentages of low income, minority students with low achievement in math and science. STAR will significantly enhance CSUDH's residency pathway, developed via the TQP 2009 grant, with higher stipends, industry internships, exposure to varied teaching styles, and more extensive clinical experiences. STAR activities include recruiting strategies that will attract many participants from groups traditionally  underrepresented inSTEM. CSUDH will redesign curriculum to emphasize 21st Century skills, technology, content literacy, new generation science standards and common core state standards, and deliver rigorous, blended credential and master's coursework that integrates theory and practice. Participants will complete a year-long residency with trained master teachers in one of 10 high-need partner secondary schools. STAR includes additional clinical experiences in CSUDH's innovative Lab School. Residents will spend two afternoons a week in internships with researchers or industry to gain applied knowledge. This new two-year induction program helps participants obtain a full credential with support from a master teacher. CSUDH partnered with Los Angeles Unified School District Troops to Teachers and ENCORPS. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981, khamdan@csudh.edu.

Secondary Special Education Teacher Intervention (SSETI)

Through the SSETI project, CSU DH will develop and implement an innovative Response to Intervention strand into an existing, accredited educational specialist credential. The project will recruit, prepare, place and retain SPED teachers who have the research-based knowledge and skills to develop and implement systematic multi-tiered interventions for students with persistent, severe learning problems in middle and high schools. The 80 teachers credentialed by the project will be placed and remain in high-poverty schools for 3+ years where they will teach math and science. Because more students with disabilities receive services in general education classrooms. The SPED teachers will be skilled in assisting general education teachers in designing intensive interventions. CSUDH partnered with LAUSD, the IRIS center, and the National Center on Intensive Interventions so scholars can gain evidence-based knowledge and skills. Scholars will also participate in the CSUDH-LAUSD lab school which will provide 100+ hours of hands-on classroom experience. For more information, contact Dr. Kamal Hamdan, 310-243-3981, khamdan@csudh.edu.

Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

The Computer Science Department at CSUDH is a founding member of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution consortium-supported by NSF BPC (Broadening Participation in Computing) http://cahis.cs.utep.edu/. The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) was formed in 2004 as a grassroots effort to increase the number of Hispanic students who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) areas. The intent is for these students to increase the number of Hispanic students who enter the professoriate in computing areas, or enter the computing workforce with advanced degrees and to develop and sustain competitive academic and research programs at HSls. For more information, contact Dr. Mohsen Beheshti, 310-243-3398, mbeheshti@csudh.edu.

The CSUDH Center for Service-Learning, Internships & Civic Engagement (SLICE)

CSU DH continues to support service learning classes within the sciences. A current effort is sponsored by the Keck Foundation to assess the effectiveness of service learning classes in student retention and gradation. Service Learning classes at CSUDH have included energy projects that have monitored and adapted campus buildings to more sustainable standards, mapping of local cities to monitor green space, enhancement of habitat for endangered species and creation of native plant gardens. For more information, contact Dr. Rod Hay, 310-243-2547, rhay@csudh.edu.

STEM Advantage partnership

Externally funded program where 23 CSUDH students this year secured internships with major corporations and businesses in the South Bay area. STEM Advantage opens the doors for young women and underserved communities to pursue their dreams of a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and help meet the nation's need for more STEM professionals. This program combines financial, experiential and directional support in the form of paid internships, scholarships, and one-on-one mentorships to promising STEM scholars. For more information, contact Lee Ann Klein, leeannklein@yahoo.com.