Missed 40 Hours for the Forty Acres? Click here to support UT.
UT STEM Center

Who We Are

The STEM Center at the University of Texas at Austin (UT STEM Center) is a research and service unit in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education. The UT STEM Center is an intellectual hub that brings together a diverse set of constituencies interested in improving teaching and learning in STEM disciplines for all students. Its primary goals are to:

° Cultivate cutting edge, programmatic research in K-12 STEM education

° Improve K-12 STEM teaching and learning through research, professional development, and outreach

° Build interdisciplinary and collaborative teams of researchers

° Foster the next generation of STEM education researchers

 

 

What We’re Fundraising For

The STEM Center within the College of Education offers undergraduate students an opportunity to gain research experience on faculty projects that focus on various aspects of K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. The apprenticeship-based research experiences are designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to learn relevant research practices, skills, and habits of mind; to learn to work collaboratively, think critically and problem-solve creatively as part of a team; and to learn more about teaching and learning in STEM disciplines.

 

Undergraduate students in all areas will be welcome to apply to the program, however, College of Education teacher education students with interests in K-12 STEM education, in particular, will be specifically recruited. For these latter students, the research experience will provide a unique and complementary opportunity to connect their teacher education course work and field experiences to cutting-edge research focused on K-12 student learning and evidence-based teaching practices in STEM disciplines.

 

 

Your Impact

A critical aspect of teacher professional development is for teachers to view their classrooms as sites for learning, and the research experience will provide students with ways of thinking about their classrooms as well as the tools for making sense of their classrooms as sites for learning. In addition, it often takes time for the results of research to find its way into practice, yet through the research experience, the students (as future teachers) will gain first-hand experience with the latest research on STEM teaching and learning. Funds will be used to provide students with stipends for their work on faculty research projects; students will work 8-10 hours per week (for a 15-week semester) under the supervision of faculty and graduate student mentors.

Leaderboard
Surprise Mid Morning Stretch
Surprise! Its a Mid Morning Stretch! From 9 – 11 a.m. Central you can help win up to $1,500 for your favorite area of UT. The three colleges, schools, units and organizations who receive the greatest number of unique gifts will receive the following prizes: 1st place: $1,500 2nd place: $750 3rd place: $250
Rank Prize Participating Groups Gifts
Ended
Leaderboard
Surprise Challenge
SURPRISE! From 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Central you can help win up to $1,500 for your favorite area of UT. The three colleges, schools, units and organizations who receive the greatest number of unique gifts will receive the following prizes: 1st place: $1,500 2nd place: $750 3rd place: $250
Rank Prize Participating Groups Gifts
Ended
Leaderboard
Kick Off Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 15 from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
Rank Prize Participating Groups Gifts
Ended
Success!
International Challenge
International Challenge – The first donor from each continent will win an additional $250 toward their designation. Donor’s residence country will be determined by the donor heat map function of giving day website and the credit card billing address. September 15 at 6:00 AM CST until September 16 at 10:00 PM CST - $250 per continent, $1,750 total
Completed
Leaderboard
University Wide Gift Leaderboard
College, school, unit, or organization with the greatest number of gifts will receive awards in the following order: 1st Place - $3,000 award 2nd Place - $1,000 award 3rd Place - $500 award
Rank Prize Participating Groups Gifts
Ended
2
Match
Faculty & Staff Coffee Break
Gifts made by faculty and staff donors will be matched dollar for dollar until the $1,000 is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 15 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
$0 MATCHED
Ended
Leaderboard
Hungry Bevo Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 16 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
Rank Prize Participating Groups Gifts
Ended
Leaderboard
Final Countdown Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 16 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
Rank Prize Department Gifts
Ended
2
Match
Longhorn Parent Lunch Match
The first $5,000 in gifts made within this period by parents of currently enrolled UT students will receive a match. Any gift of $250 or less will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $5,000, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 15 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST – $5,000 match for gifts up to $250
$0 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Faculty & Staff Big Give Match
The first $10,000 in gifts within this period will receive a match. Gifts of any size will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $10,000, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 16 from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM CST - $10,000 (no gift limit)
$0 MATCHED
Ended
Success!
Ambassador Round-Up Challenge
The Ambassador Round up challenge winner is the College of Liberal Arts!
Completed
Success!
40 for Forty Video Contest
40 for Forty Video Contest – The college, school, unit or organization who has the best video as decided by the 40 for Forty Committee included in their 40 for Forty application submitted by February 7, 2020 will receive an additional $1,000. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. Deadline: March 6 at 11:59 CST - $1,000 designation
Completed
Leaderboard
Happy Horns Happy Hour Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 15 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
Rank Prize Participating Groups Gifts
Ended
Leaderboard
Longhorn Lunch Special Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest dollar amount within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 15 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
Rank Prize Participating Groups Raised
Ended
Success!
US State Challenge
Keep an eye on the main page’s donation heat map! The first donor from each state will win an additional $100 toward their designation. Donor’s residence state will be determined by the donor heat map function of giving day website and the credit card billing address. September 15 at 6:00 AM CST until September 16 at 10:00 PM CST - $100 per state, $5,000 total
Completed
Success!
Texas Exes Coloring Challenge
Complete the official coloring pages of 40 Hours for the Forty Acres to win prize money for your favorite area of campus! To enter, post your completed coloring sheet to your favorite social media platform with the tags @texasexes and #UT40for40. Deadline: September 16 at 4:59 p.m. Central. Download the coloring pages https://bit.ly/3iob6Mn Prizes: 1st Place – Adults (18+): $1,000 2nd Place – Adults (18+): $500 1st Place – 17 & under: $1,000 2nd Place – 17 & under: $500
Completed
Leaderboard
University Wide Total Dollars Leaderboard
College, school, unit, or organization with the highest amount of dollars raised will receive awards in the following order 1st Place - $3,000 award 2nd Place - $1,000 award 3rd Place - $500 award
Rank Prize Participating Groups Raised
Ended
Leaderboard
All-Nighter Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 15, 10:00 PM CST – September 16, 7:00 AM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
Rank Prize Participating Groups Gifts
Ended
2
Match
Hook ‘em Parents Match
Gifts from parents of current UT Austin students will be matched during this time period until the total funds of $2,500 is exhausted. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 16 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
$0 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
First-Time Donor Match
The first $5,000 in gifts made by people who have never made a gift to The University of Texas at Austin will receive a match. Any gift of $50 or less will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $5,000, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified.
$0 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Student Study Break Match
The first $2,500 in gifts made within this period by currently enrolled UT students will receive a match. Any gift of $25 or less will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $2,500, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 15 from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM CST – $2,500 match for gifts up to $25
$0 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
2020 Class Gift Match
All gifts made by newly graduated and current UT Austin underclassmen and graduate students scheduled to graduate in 2020 will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $50,000, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified.
$0 MATCHED
Ended
Success!
Longhorn Pride Social Media Challenge
Longhorn Pride Social Media Challenge – Show your Longhorn pride and help the UT area of your choice win $1,000! Post a selfie or photo showing your Longhorn pride and tell your friends why you give back during 40 for Forty. The winning photo, as decided by the 40 for Forty committee, will win an extra $1,000 for the UT area of your choice. Only photos posted on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtags #UT40for40 and #UTEntry will be eligible to win. Deadline: September 16 at 4:59 pm CST - $1,000 designation
Completed
Success!
Faculty & Staff Pre-Campaign Match
The first $40,000 in payroll deduction pledges, made by UT Austin faculty and staff will be matched based upon amount pledge between the first day pledged and August 31, 2020. There is no maximum individual donation amount for this opportunity.
Completed
Don't forget to share!

Questions? See our FAQ.

Or you can contact us at annualgiving@utlists.utexas.edu.