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The Institute for STEM Collaboration, Outreach, Research, and Education (iSCORE) was founded in 2022 with the purpose of transforming the STEM community one mind at a time. 

We are broadening the STEM ecosystem in an effort to forward SLU's transformative vision to foster growth, inspire innovation, and advance initiatives that serve a higher purpose and a greater good. Focused on students from historically marginalized communities, iSCORE provides high-quality, authentic STEM informal and formal learning experiences for Pre-K through 12th-grade students. We provide professional development for in-service/pre-service teachers, business and industry partners, and other STEM community members. iSCORE also conducts quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation services on STEM programs and STEM learning experiences. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop individual’s STEM literacy, STEM sense of belonging, STEM identity, awareness of, and interest in STEM communities and careers.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide access and opportunity to preschool, elementary, middle, high school, and postsecondary students and broaden the STEM ecosystem locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Our Commitment

The Institute for STEM Collaboration, Outreach, Research, and Education (iSCORE) is a STEM institute that fosters scholars’ STEM literacy development and STEM identities. By 2027, iSCORE will have served 10,000 scholars (PreK-20) and 1,275 elementary, middle and high school teachers as we prepare a STEM-literate workforce, sustain global competitiveness and create a more just society. STEM literacy promotes and fosters in scholars innovative thinking, collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills. iSCORE provides access and opportunities for scholars, particularly those who have been historically excluded in STEM (i.e., Black, Latinx, Indigenous populations, economically disadvantaged, girls and women, emergent multilinguals, scholars with disabilities, and potential first-generation college scholars), to engage in high-quality, inquiry-based STEM experiences that cultivate scholars’ sense of belonging in STEM; awareness of and interest in STEM communities and careers; and the development of scholars’ identities as STEM learners. In order to transform the STEM community one mind at a time, we serve a community of professional educators through institutes, workshops, and formal and informal collaborations. 

We look forward to partnering with you to serve our STEM scholars locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. #YouBelonginSTEM

Our Team

Headshot of Christa Jackson, Ph.D.

Christa Jackson, Ph.D.

iSCORE Founder-Director

Headshot of Lybrya Kebreab, Ph.D.

Lybrya Kebreab, Ph.D.

iSCORE Project Manager

Headshot of Mei-Ling Tung, MSW, Ph.D.

Mei-Ling Tung, MSW, Ph.D.

iSCORE Project Manager