STEM Education

Center for STEM Education

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About The Center for STEM Education

The Center for STEM Education hosts events, organizes activities, and conducts community outreach that includes local schools and related research on STEM education.

This Center is the only such academic center in our Westchester and Rockland region and serves as an umbrella for varied, current and future STEM education activities conducted by faculty and supported through external funding.

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Mission and Staff

The mission of the Mercy University Center for STEM Education (MCCSE) is to create opportunities for groups typically underrepresented in STEM to engage in enrichment activities for learning, career readiness, enjoyment, and personal and community growth, which may not be available through school districts.


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Student Programs


Saturday STEM Academy

Mercy University's Saturday STEM Academy gives K-12 students an opportunity to learn hands-on STEM concepts and skills in a collaborative environment with distinguished STEM educators.



Engage primary students and their caregivers in fun STEM activities, making STEM accessible to all! Students in grades K-2 and their parents attend 3-4 evening sessions of STEM at the school district, coming together to explore and learn.


Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers Program

Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program is a FREE, three-week summer STEM enrichment program for middle school students.

For Educucators

Professional Development

STEM Professional Development

Mercy University’s Center for STEM Education is pleased to offer schools and districts professional development programs for both teachers and administration. Our professional development offerings are designed by full-time Mercy University faculty and presented by faculty, STEM education professionals and master teachers.


Advanced Certificate in STEM Education

Teachers with either two years experience and/or a master’s degree can develop expertise in the area of STEM pedagogy. As STEM becomes a central focus across education, this advanced certificate can elevate a teaching career in any subject.


STEM Schools Network

We are excited to present the Mercy University STEM Schools Network, a consortium of distinguished schools who have demonstrated a commitment to STEM education and opportunities through the Mercy University CSE. We made this program to  better connect these teachers and schools across our broad network.

Grant-Funded Initiatives & Research

STEM Master Teacher Fellows

This intensive program of STEM pedagogy courses and professional experiences will prepare 14 in-service K-12 teachers of math and science to become quality STEM Teacher Leaders, with the goal of improving K-12 STEM instruction in four partner high-needs school districts through leadership projects. 

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The Greater New York Wipro Science Education Fellowship

Mercy University is excited to team up with University of Massachusetts at Boston and Montclair State University in New Jersey to become the Greater New York partner of the Wipro Science Education Fellowship. Dr. Amanda Gunning and Dr. Meghan Marrero, of the Mercy University School of Education, were awarded the $1.19 million grant to lead the Greater New York Wipro Science Education Fellowship (GNY Wipro SEF).

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Mercy Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative

Are you inspired to teach the next generation of stem leaders?

Looking for first semester Seniors and first semester Graduate Students in Fall 2024 who are majoring/have a degree in a STEM field of study. You can earn $40,000+ in scholarships in our six-year program to become teachers in high-need schools!

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MeirPro: Veterans to Math Teachers

Join Mercy University for a unique career and scholarship opportunity. Earn a tuition-free Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education funded by the National Science Foundation. Mercy is looking for ten veterans with strong math backgrounds to qualify for a full scholarship in a 14-month master's degree program.

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2023 Year in Review

In 2023, Mercy University Center for STEM Education (MSCE) embarked on exciting ventures, providing new opportunities for students, local teachers and the community at large.

See how we were able to further this mission in 2023.

Papers and Presentations

* Denotes peer reviewed

+ Denotes conference canceled due to COVID-19 after presentation was accepted.

*Amanda M. Gunning, Meghan E. Marrero, Peter C. Hillman & Latanya T. Brandon (2020) How K-12 Teachers of Science Experience a Vertically Articulated Professional Learning Community, Journal of Science Teacher Education, DOI: 10.1080/1046560X.2020.1758419

+*Marrero, M.E., Riccio, J.F., Gunning, A.M., Brandon, LT., (March, 2020). What Happens after edTPA? New Teachers’ Views of the Value of edTPA Experiences. Paper presented at the NARST Annual International Conference, Portland, OR.

+*Woodruff, K., Gunning, A.M., Marrero, M.E., (March, 2020). Teacher Planning with Authentic Data: How Do Secondary Science Teachers Integrate Analyzing and Interpreting Data? Roundtable presented at the NARST Annual International Conference, Portland, OR.

*Gunning, A. M., Nitecki, E., Marrero, M. E., Brandon, L. T., & Baldwin, B. (January, 2020). Cross-disciplinary Faculty PLC to Support STEM Professional Development. Presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education Annual International Conference. San Antonio, TX.

* Brandon, L. T., Gunning, A. M., Marrero, M. E., & Servello, A. (January, 2020). Teachers’ Professional Learning During Collaborative Development of NGSS-adapted Middle School Science Curriculum. Presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education Annual International Conference. San Antonio, TX.

* Gunning, A. M., Marrero, M. E., Nitecki, E., & Brandon, L. T., (January, 2020). Preparing STEM Master Teacher Fellows: Learning How to Plan for Integrative Instruction. Poster presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education Annual International Conference. San Antonio, TX.

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Donate to the Center for STEM Education

We depend on your generosity to keep our center going. Please consider giving a gift to help us open STEM opportunities to students of all backgrounds.

Contact Information & Get Involved with CSE

Contact Us

Please reach out with any questions: 

Mary Ushay
Assistant Director
Center for STEM Education
(914) 674-7674

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Join STEM Corps! 

We can use volunteers in various STEM outreach programs such as Saturday STEM Academy, Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers, Steam-a-thon, and STEM Fairs at local schools.

Build your resume and perform community service.

Contact: Dr. Meghan Marrero at