Raggio Research Center

Welcome to the website for the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education. The purpose of the Raggio Research Center is to promote a better understanding of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines by providing quality programs focused in, among other areas, outreach and research.

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Mission Statement:

The Raggio Research Center for STEM Education advances the theory and practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through collaborative research, development, instruction, dissemination, leadership and outreach.

Our goals include the following:

  1. Conduct cutting-edge research on STEM education at the highest level on questions of state and national importance as applied to Nevada's needs.
  2. Recruit and promote STEM education opportunities for all students at all levels in formal and informal educational settings.
  3. Actively promote STEM education opportunities for traditionally underrepresented populations as specified by the Next Generation Science Standards as: Economically Disadvantaged, Race and Ethnicity, Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners, Girls/Women, Alternative Education, and Gifted and Talented students.
  4. Conduct professional development for better-integrated STEM teaching PK-20.
  5. Form interdisciplinary research teams of STEM content including university faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students together with teachers to develop, deliver and assess/evaluate programs and activities.
  6. Serve as an interdisciplinary education center to develop research-rich experiences for pre-service and in-service teachers to deepen and enhance STEM concepts and pedagogy.
  7. Develop outreach activities and programs for students of all ages to support knowledge acquisition in the STEM disciplines.
  8. Disseminate standards-based and scientifically supported research and information on STEM education.

Faculty & Staff:

David Crowther
David Crowther
Executive Director
(775) 784-8288

Jenica Finnegan
Jenica Finnegan
Project Coordinator, STEM-Language Grants

Brendi Gertsma

Brendi Gertsma
Accounting Assistant III

Shawn Pennell
Shawn Pennell
NNELI Technology and Paraprofessional Coordinator
(775) 784-8288

Danny Sierra
Danny Sierra
Administrative Assistant III
(775) 784-8288

Current Projects


English Language Teacher and Students

Northern Nevada English Learning Initiative


Northern Nevada Energy Efficiency Teacher Training Initiative

Contact Us

Contact Raggio Research Center (0432)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 784-8288

Fax (775) 327-2016

William J. Raggio, Room 4001