CSTEM at UNC Charlotte is on a mission to promote a regional vision for STEM education research and outreach to increase capacity in leadership, and to facilitate collaborative partnerships for addressing STEM priorities for PK-20.


  • Cato College of Education: Daniel Alston; Rich Lambert; Michelle Stephan
  • College of Computing and Informatics: Mohsen Dorodchi; Cori Faklaris; Mary Lou Maher; Syeda Fatema Mazumder; Marlon Mejias; Harini Ramaprasad; Audrey Rorrer; Erik Saule; Michelle Stephan; Kalpathi Subramanian; Weichao Wang; David Wilson
  • William States Lee College of Engineering: Cathy Blat; Harish Cherukuri; Abasifreke Ebong; Brett Tempest; Mesbah Uddin; Dave Weggel; Terry Xu
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Kathryn Asala; Tonya Bates; Markus Etzkorn; Gordon Hull; Donald Jacobs; Jenny Kent; Kevin McGoff; Jordan Polar; Adam Reitzel; Thomas A. Schmedake; Greg Wickliff, Damien WIlliams
  • Belk College of Business: Dongsong Zhang
  • School of Data Science: Doug Hague; Marco Scipioni
  • College of Arts + Architecture: Liz McCormick; David Thaddeus; Isha Abdullah  
  • Center for Teaching and Learning: Jordan Register

The International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) is a big deal!

The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world’s largest high school science competition with 1,600 finalists from 67 countries, regions and territories. ISEF offers more than ribbons and medals to its winners. The fair opens the doors to $9 million in scholarships and matriculation at some of the country’s most selective schools.

In 2024, for the 30th consecutive year, the Center for STEM Education through the Cato College of Education sponsored ISEF participation for two high school students.  This year’s event was held in Los Angeles May 12 -May 17. Angelina Quan and Maya Caver traveled to compete in LA as the top winners at the 2024 UNC Charlotte regional Science and Engineering Fair in February.

Maya Caver, an 11th grade student at JM Robinson High School in Cabarrus County, worked this past summer with Dr. Jordan Poler, Professor of Chemistry at UNC Charlotte. Maya’s research focused upon ways to formulate Zeolite nano resins to treat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in water. Maya competed in the Chemistry Category.

Angelina Quan, a senior at Charlotte Country Day High School, worked with Dr. Yongge Wang, Professor of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte, toward the development of LUMEN, a novel set of algorithms compiled into efficient and transparent zk-SNARKs to improve cryptocurrency Ethereum’s security and transparency. Angelina was awarded 3rd place in the Math Category and was awarded $1,000.


2023-2024 STEM Pre-Service Teacher Education Scholarship

The NASA/NC Space Grant 2023-2024 STEM Pre-Service Teacher Education Scholarship is now opent for applications. Undergraduate students studying to become K-12 teachers, especially in STEM fields, are eligible to apply for this competitive program, which will provided them with a scholarship of $3,000.

Undergraduate education majors can learn more and apply here.

Applications are due October 16, 2023 and recommendation letters are due October 18, 2023.

This is a wonderful opportunity for pre-service teachers to learn how to bring exciting NASA resources into their future classrooms and to inspire the next generation of explorers!  Contact Dr. David Pugalee, Director, for questions or assistance in preparing your application at david.pugalee@uncc.edu.