About Us

The Raggio Research Center (RRC) for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education was created in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2002 as an educational outreach and training facility for primarily STEM education and STEM fields.

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

Students and Teachers in the Field

Our Goals

  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
crowther@unr.edu
(775) 784-8288

Jenica Finnegan
Jenica Finnegan
Project Coordinator, STEM-Language Grants
jfinnegan@unr.edu
775-682-7877

Brendi Gertsma
Brendi Gertsma
Accounting Assistant III
bgertsma@unr.edu
775-784-1047

Shawn Pennell
Shawn Pennell
NNELI Technology and Paraprofessional Coordinator
spennell@unr.edu
(775) 784-8288

Daniel Sierra
Danny Sierra
Administrative Assistant III
dsierra@unr.edu
(775) 784-8288