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 sponsored by UNC's School of Biological Sciences; School of Chemistry and Biochemistry; School of Earth Sciences and Physics; and School of Mathematical Sciences. Faculty from the sponsoring Schools and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences participate in Institute projects, working in collaboration with K-12 educators, faculty from other higher education institutions, 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

  • To promote science and mathematics for all
  • To enhance today's teachers
  • To facilitate faculty development
  • To support collaborative partnerships
  • To support research and development
  • To prepare tomorrow's teachers


News Highlights

2016 Summer Support Initiative (SSI)

Dr. Julie Sexton and Molly Jameson received a $6,000 award to fund their project entitled "The Role of Mathematics in Undergraduate Geoscience Programs"

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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. 


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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Dr. Lori Reinsvold

Dr. Reinsvold will be presenting results from the NOYCE Scholarship and Internship program at the 2016 NOYCE Summit in Washington, DC. from July 20 - July 22, 2016.

Dr. Reinsvold will be attending the 5th Annual NSTA STEM Forum & Expo from July 27-July 29, 2016 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

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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."