UNI’s Mathematics Department has a rich history in mathematics education as well as a nationally acclaimed program in actuarial science. Actuarial science applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance, and other industries and professions. Jacob Snyder, a Junior, is an Actuarial Science and Finance major. Jacob always had an interest and aptitude for math when he was young. He knew that his future career would have something to do with math. What he didn’t know was that actuarial science would become the perfect combination he was looking for.
Faculty & Staff
Programs, events and resources for UNI Faculty and Staff.
Allison Wold is a Junior at the University of Northern Iowa. Allison studies Biochemistry and Biology. ”In junior high I was in an after school STEM program, The Iowa Excellence Program, and I had a lot of fun doing science experiments and playing math games. In high school I really enjoyed biology and chemistry, so biochemistry seemed like the perfect fit.”
The Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education on UNI’s campus is packed with opportunities for students and Iowa teachers. Beth VanMeeteren, Director of the Center and the Center for Early Education in STEM (CEESTEM) spoke with me about her background, her path to UNI, the Early Childhood Centers, and the Ramps and Pathways program. This story will focus on Beth’s journey. Friday; a second story will focus on the programs Beth directs.
ARCSES Laboratory at UNI
On March 9th, the Symposium: Canada and the US: Partners and Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability, and Development took place in the Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Exhibit, currently on display in the UNI Rod Library. The first floor of the library was full of people from the University and community joining together to discuss a very hot topic, the Arctic.
UNI hosted a STEM Career Conference for middle and high school counselors and teachers on Monday, February 23rd, 2015. The day included tours of modern post-secondary learning spaces, concurrent sessions, a mini-career fair, and business and student panels.
Last week I highlighted one of many clubs made available to students who are in STEM or are interested in STEM. This week I want to draw your attention to a new club that formed in the Spring of 2014. Women in Computing encourages women in computing and technology to engage in outreach, leadership, fellowship, and service. The club also promotes opportunities for computing careers and scholarships.
Sarah Huebner is a senior at UNI. Her years at UNI have been filled with building lifelong memories and taking advantage of great opportunities. Sarah is a Biology, Ecology, and Evolution major. “I was working in research administration in Kansas City, managing grant projects for researchers. I was fascinated by the research projects and found myself continually drawn to the labs. I am especially interested in life in all its forms, so I decided to pursue a degree in Biology with the intent to do research of my own.
If this is the first time you are hearing about Spotlight Day, then you have been missing out! Spotlight Day is a 20+ year UNI tradition. Spotlight on STEM Day showcases award winning K-12 classroom projects from across the state of Iowa. The best part is, it is FREE and OPEN to UNI students, faculty, staff, and the public. Spotlight Day will be February 26, 2015 at the Innovative Teaching Technology Center (ITTC) on campus.
US Education Laws and Regulations - Resources and Information
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect in the 2017-2018 Academic year. This law makes changes to the national, state, and local roles of accountability, funding, and programs in K-12 education and thus also has implementations for teacher prep and coninuing education. The resources listed below provide background on ESSA and recommendations from national science, mathematics, technology, engineering and education organizations about ESSA implementation.
Comparing ESSA to NCLB
- Comparison of the No Child Left Behind Act to the Every Student Succeeds Act - ASCD
- ASCD ESSA Title II Resources (not specific to STEM)
ESSA & STEM Overview
- April 2016 - Dear Colleague Letter to States and Schools about ESSA and STEM - US ED, Outlines laws funding or requiring STEM related programs.
- US Department of Education ESSA Website and ESSA Policy Website (with state plan information)
- ESSA Overview - National Science Teachers Association
- ESSA Overview - Education First
Resources and Recommendations from National Organizations with Regard to STEM Education
- Resources for commenting on state ESSA plans - NCTA Tool Kit
- Is STEM and Sci Ed a priority in your state's ESSA plan? - NSTA Video & NSTA ESSA talking points, FAQ, and other resources
- Coalition Analysis of Key STEM Provisions in ESSA - STEM Education Coalition
- ASCD webinar on ESSA & Title II (free but requires registration)
Iowa's ESSA Plan