MAST Institute

The Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute, established in 1987, provides leadership and coordination for projects and programs to improve mathematics and science education, within the University, the state, and nationally.

The MAST Institute is situated in the College of Natural and Health (NHS), and collaborates with faculty from NHS's School of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Science Education Program. Faculty from the collaborating academic programs and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences participate in Institute projects, working in partnership with K-12 educators, faculty from other higher education institutions, government agencies, and business/community representatives.

MAST Institute Affiliated Faculty

Nearly fifty UNC faculty members in the College of Natural and Health Sciences and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences have been involved in MAST-related projects over the past twenty years. 

Growth of the Institute

Since its inception in 1987, the MAST Institute has grown by obtaining several million dollars from external funding for research, and through the pre-service and in-service training of teachers of mathematics and science of grades K-16 throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The Institute has coordinated joint efforts among the departments of the University, other Colorado Institutes of Higher Education, and numerous school districts within state and region.

MAST Institute Goals

  • Prepare tomorrow's teachers
  • Enhance today's teachers
  • Facilitate faculty development
  • Support collaborative partnerships
  • Support research and development
  • Promote science & mathematics for all

 

News Highlights

UNC Awarded $2.2 Million to Help Recruit, Retain Teachers in Rural School Districts, December, 2016

The Colorado Department of Higher Education has awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $2.2 million grant that will be used over the next five years to help address teacher shortages in Colorado's rural school districts.

The Rural Educator Recruitment and Retention grant will fund the establishment and operation of the Center for Rural Education, which will be led by faculty from UNC's School of Special Education, School of Biological Sciences, and the MAST Institute. Dr. Harvey Rude (Special Education) serves as PI and Director of this center, and Dr. Rob Reinsvold (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Lori Reinsvold (MAST Institute) as Co-Directors. The center will focus on recruiting and retaining Colorado rural educators in high-need areas of science, mathematics, special education and cultural/linguistic diversity. For more information, contact Lori Reinsvold 

Article In Press

Cleveland, LM & Reinsvold, RJ (in press).  Development of oral communication skills by undergraduates that convey evolutionary concepts to the public.  Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.  

 

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group

The MAST Institute is pleased to host the 2017 NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group.  We will meet once a month on Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:05.  Topics for discussion will include: Building Teaching Support, Practical Teaching Tips and Manuscript/Project Review. For inquires please contact Lacy Cleveland

 Summer 2016 Frontiers of Science Institute (FSI) 

Summer 2016 at FSI was memorable, to be sure.  From field trips, to the classroom, to life in a UNC residence hall, 37 student scholars from Colorado and Wyoming enjoyed the summer immersed in collegiate-level science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula led by a highly competent and energized summer staff consisting of three instructors and two resident advisors.

Dean Zeller, 2016 FSI instructor/UNC Lecturer in the Mathematics & Computer Science Department had this to say of his FSI experienceIn all, FSI is the single most professionally gratifying class I have taught in my 20-year career.  It satisfied every requirement of my original dream of a decade ago, and had many unexpected benefits.  It was a truly grand experience; one I hope to experience again in my future. 

Dr. Julie Sexton

Dr. Sexton has received the 2016 Journal of Geoscience Education Outstanding Reviewer Award. This Award celebrates outstanding peer-review contributions by reviewers of the Journal of Geoscience Education. She will be recognized at the National Association of Geoscience Teachers luncheon at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in September and in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education. The award includes a plaque and a $100. 

Geoscience

Assessment Mini-Grant

Dr. Lacy Cleveland received a $1500 award for her project entitled "Developing and Validating a Survey to Uncover Students' and Faculty's Perceptions of Flipped Learning.”  Dr. Nissa Yestness will assist Dr. Cleveland on this project.

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Quotation from Dr. Lacy Cleveland to be published

The quote below from Dr Lacy Cleveland will be included in the 3rd edition of Writing Successful Science Proposals at the start of chapter 4. 

I find concept papers to be extremely helpful and keep several on hand so that as RFPs come up, I can see if my ideas align with the RFP. Sometimes the nature of the beast is that I have to think outside of my primary area of interest to pursue funding.” – Dr. Lacy Cleveland, MAST Institute, University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Julie Sexton

Dr. Sexton has been invited to give the opening presentation at a technical research session at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in September. Her talk, titled "Mixed Methods Study to Investigate Sexist Experiences Encountered by Undergraduate Geoscience Students," will kick off the session titled "Methodological Decision Making in Geoscience Education Research."

Geoscience  

 

Wednesday January 18, 2017 

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

Topic: Building Teaching Support - Share a Teaching Problem You Have

Location: Ross Hall 2289

Time: 12:15 - 1:00

Workshop Facilitator:Lacy Cleveland

Tuesday     February 14, 2017 

2017 Longs Peak Science & Engineering Fair

Location: Island Grove Event Center

Time: All day event

Coordinated by:Lori Ball

 

Wednesday February 15, 2017 

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

Topic: Practical Teaching Tips – Come and Share your Best Teaching Ideas

Location: Ross Hall 2289

Time: 12:15 - 1:00

Workshop Facilitator:Lacy Cleveland

Wednesday   March 22, 2017

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

Topic: Manuscript/Project Review – Bring a copy of a current abstract, conference proceeding, or manuscript for others to review 

Location: Ross Hall 2289

Time: 12:15 - 1:00

Workshop Facilitator:Lacy Cleveland

Wednesday      April 19, 2017 

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

Topic: TBA

Location: Ross Hall 2289

Time: 12:15 - 1:00

Workshop Facilitator:Lacy Cleveland