STEM Education Learning Community (SELC)

Mission Statement

Promote the communication and collaboration among UNH faculty, staff and graduate students who conduct STEM education research and/or engagement activities to address the University’s commitment to enhancing and supporting the STEM pipeline.



The SELC is the brainchild of Lara Gengarelly, Cooperative Extension associate professor of science literacy, and Ruth Varner, professor of Earth sciences and UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and director of the Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education. The group, which includes 75 faculty and staff from the UNH community, meets regularly to share updates on their STEM education work and explore opportunities to combine efforts.

Gengarelly and Varner regularly gather members’ input and suggestions to plan SELC’s yearly activities. Consequently SELC events (approximately four events per academic year) often represent the ideas of its members. 


To Join SELC

UNH faculty and staff involved in STEM education (P-20) scholarship and/or engagement (e.g., outreach, programming) are welcome. To join please email Lara Gengarelly ( to provide your name, title, and brief statement on your STEM education activities at UNH.  Members are invited to all SELC events, have access to the SELC member directory, and listserv.