SEIRI functions as an independent campus unit administered by the Office of Academic Affairs. SEIRI serves as the hub of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education innovation, research, evaluation and consultation and brings together expert educational researchers with scientists and discipline-based educational researchers in order to inform and reform undergraduate and graduate education across IU Indianapolis’s campus and beyond.

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[Video: SEIRI’s logo with SEIRI and STEM Education Innovation & Research Institute. Some gear images with each one has different technology symbol such as rocket, tower station, battery, computer and so on.] A female speaks: SEIRI stands for stem education innovation and research institute. [Video: Image of IU Indianapolis main library building with its address next to it.] [Words: LOCATED: UL 1123, First floor of University Library past the bank of elevators.] The female speaks: We are located on the first floor of university library past the bank of elevators on the left in room 1123. [Video: Images and names of SEIRI leadership team with Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Ph.D., Founding Executive Director; Snehasis Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D., Associate Director; Kim Nguyen, Ph.D., Director for Statewide and Regional Collaborations.] The female speaks: SEIRI has been around since 2016 with Pratibha Varma-Nelson serving as SEIRI's Founding Executive Director. We have recently been joined by Snehasis Mukhopadhyay as our Associate Director and both work closely with Kim Nguyen, the Director for Statewide and Regional Collaborations. [Video: Images and names of SEIRI research & evaluation team on top from left to right with Deb Cole, MS, Academic Specialist, Programming Associate, LSMRCE Project Manager; Grant Fore, MA, Research Associate; Michelle Quirke, LSAMP Project Manager, and on bottom from left to right with Annwesa Dasgupta, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research; Danka Maric, MA, Research Associate; Virginia Rhodes, MS, Research Associate.] Female speaks: We also have several individuals on our research and evaluation team who come from a wide range of backgrounds and are happy and available to help stem faculty in any capacity. [Video: SEIRI’s Vision & Mission.] [Words: Vision: To be a nationally and internationally recognized institute of excellence for STEM education research and innovation, contributing to the advancement of STEM education across IU Indianapolis, the nation, and the world.] [Words: Mission: To advance the state of the art of STEM education research and practice across IU Indianapolis’s campus and beyond.] Female speaks: The role of SEIRI is to be the hub of all activities related to stem education and innovation at the college level. Our research associates work with faculty who are teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level and are interested in innovative curriculum reform trying out or devising new pedagogies introducing technology in their classes or going online as a lot of faculty were required to do. Due to covid, we consult with faculty we provide evaluation for projects that faculty develop, and we help faculty turn ideas into fundable projects. [Words: Research: Investigating fundamental questions of how people learn STEM.] [Words: Evaluation: Assessing the effectiveness of STEM education, practices, and programs.] [Words: Innovation: Developing novel pedagogies to facilitate students learning of STEM.] [Words: Consultation: Supporting & participating in the scholarship f STEM teaching & learning.] The female speaks: Ultimately, we enable stem faculty to pursue pedagogical research in the context of their courses their classes and their departments. And this makes SEIRI a leader in STEM education research and evaluation on campus. However, SEIRI is not limited only to these three areas. Innovation is also a big focal point whether that be staff and SEIRI leading educational innovations or partnering with faculty across the STEM schools on campus in creating educational innovations and then researching the outcomes of those innovations. And lastly, we have consultations. SEIRI does a lot of consulting with faculty on campus about how to go about doing research evaluation and innovation. And any faculty members that have questions or interest in these areas are encouraged to use our consulting services. [Video: Two images sowing people in SSG meetings.] [Words: SEIRI Seed Grants (SSG).] [Words: Facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of pedagogical innovations of STEM curricula at IU Indianapolis (,html)] [Words: SSG 2020: )] [Words: A table show SSG project awards in 2019 and the lead department.] The female speaks: Faculty are also encouraged every year to apply for our SEIRI Seed Grants or SSGs for short. The SEIRI Seed Grants program is a competition that facilitates and supports STEM education innovation and research. Specifically, this opportunity provides funding for faculty members to develop implement and evaluate the impact of pedagogical innovations across multiple IU Indianapolis stem courses. SEIRI awarded six SSGs last year and are currently in the process of reviewing proposals for 2020. Annwesa Dasgupta serves as our internal seed grant facilitator and manages anything and everything to do with this grant award program. For more information on SSGs. please contact her or visit our website. [Video: Sample Projects including Cyber Peer-Led Team Led Learning (cPLTL), Integrated Community-Engaged Learning & Ethical Reflection (I-CELER), Evidence-Informed Promotion of Inclusive Climate (EPIC) at IU Indianapolis.] [Words: Cyber Peer-Led Team Led Learning (cPLTL): Seeks to engage students as active participants in online activities with complex problem-solving, collaboration, communicating effectively, and self-directed learning;] [Words: Integrated Community-Engaged Learning & Ethical Reflection (I-CELER): Funded by NSF-Cultivating Cultures if ethical STEM; Strives to build STEM faculty’s instructional self-efficacy in ethical theory and community-engaged pedagogy.] [Words: Evidence-Informed Promotion of Inclusive Climate (EPIC) at IU Indianapolis: Funded by NSF ADVANCE Adaptation; Works toward improving institutional climate and promoting inclusive leadership practices to address inequities in the representation, retention, and advancement of women, particularly women of color, in the STEM faculty.] The female speaks: Although the SSGs are a big component of SEIRI, we also do work on several other projects for example we are conducting research on students and peer leaders participating in PLTL and cPLTL. Through an NSFCCE STEM grant, we are also able to facilitate and explore institutional transformation of two IU Indianapolis departments where we are promoting the integration of community engaged learning and ethical reflection in these two-stem curricula. Our final sample project is funded through an NSF advanced adaptation grant and works on improving institutional climate and promoting inclusive leadership practices across all stem departments at IU Indianapolis. [Video: For more information with image of Sheila Summers who smile at the camera.] [Words: Please visit our website: .] [Words: Contact Sheila Summers. ] [Words: 317-278-0168] The female speaks: For more information about projects SEIRI is involved with or about working with SEIRI, please visit our website or contact Sheila Summers. You may also consider signing up for the SEIRI newsletter for information on events, recommended resources, and readings, and to keep up to date on what is happening at SEIRI.

Interested in SEIRI seed grants program?

The SEIRI Seed Grants program is a competition that facilitates and supports improvements, innovation and research in STEM education at IU Indianapolis within the School of Science, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Informatics, and IU School of Medicine, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of instruction and success of students, including low-income and underrepresented students.

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The SEIRI seed grants facilitate and support improvements, innovation and research in STEM education at IU Indianapolis. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University