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Natural Science Club

The Natural Science Club is a Fresno State student organization that has been developed to support the interest of those students who are in pursuit of a science and mathematics teaching career. For further information, please click here.


Research Opportunities for Teachers

Exciting research opportunities are available for teachers. Please click here for further information.


Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI)

The Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC) works in partnership with the Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) program in an effort to increase the number of science and math teachers that will be needed in order to fulfill the high demand of teachers within these areas. MSTI provides CSET preparation workshops and financial support for conference fees and CSET exam fees. For further information, please click here.  


Mentoring, Education, Research, and Outreach Center- METRO

METRO students tackle issues that impact the local and global environment,
such as air pollution, water resources, clean energy solutions and
climate change. For further information on how you can participate in the program, please click here .



Executive Corner

These are exciting and challenging times to be entering a career as a science or mathematics teacher. The need is very here to see the full narrative.


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Funded SMEC Programs

  • NSF- Western Regional Noyce Conference grant - current
  • Fresno State Teaching Fellows (FRESTEF) - Current
  • Robert C. Noyce I - Current
  • Robert C. Noyce II - Current
  • Robert C. Noyce - National Science Digital Library (NSDL) - Current
  • Department of Energy's Pre-Service Teacher Research Internship - Current
  • Science and Mathematics Education Center Teacher Education Program (SMECTEP) - Closed
  • Fresno Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers (FCEPT) - Closed

California Department of Education Funded SMEC Programs

  • Kings Canyon Math and Science Partnership program (Subcontract) - Current
  • Sanger Math and Science Partnership program (preservice program) - Closed
  • Tulare Math and Science Partnership program (subcontract) - Closed


  • Wal-Mart - Current


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The Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC), based in College of Science and Mathematics, has as its primary mission the recruitment and retention of science and mathematics students at the undergraduate level through special academic, financial, programmatic, advising and counseling support. Advising and counseling focus on the students' course needs in order to assure that subject matter competency is established within the target science discipline or for mathematics. SMEC provides students with a comprehensive early field experience in conjunction with training workshops designed to better prepare them for the demands of the teaching profession. SMEC, which has been extensively supported by the National Science Foundation, emphasizes recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds in an effort to reflect the demographics of our highly culturally diverse region. SMEC takes great pride in the diversity of its students. The SMEC Counselor is very conscientious about the advising and counseling services provided to all students, making sure that services are conducted in an inclusive, culturally sensitive manner. SMEC carefully monitors student financial needs and makes every effort to carefully coordinate its efforts on behalf of students with the Financial Aid Office in order to determine student eligibility for available scholarships and loans. SMEC's support of students continues beyond the undergraduate years into the credential year with continued counseling, financial and programmatic support including special professional development opportunities such as summer research internships, etc. SMEC works closely with the Kremen School of Education to provide comprehensive support as students transition to the credential program. Beyond the credential program, SMEC continues to work collaboratively with the Kremen School of Education and other organizations to provide professional development opportunities for practicing teachers to enhance their content and pedagogical knowledge within the science and math disciplines. Often, these professional development programs address new credentialing requirements under the No Child Left Behind legislation. In addition, SMEC is a leader in the state for the development of a new online learning community that allows students and teachers at all stages of the teacher preparation and development continuum to be connected digitally to a wealth of teaching and learning resources and to share their on contributions to the community.