The Gordon A. Cain Center traces its roots to 1993 with the formation of the “Center for Science and Math Literacy” in the LSU College of Education.
Over the next seven years, with the help of faculty from numerous departments, the Center obtained funding to develop curricula, perform research, and work to improve teaching and learning in the sciences and mathematics in Louisiana schools. In 2000, the Deans of Education, Basic Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Agriculture outlined a plan to transform the Center, expand its mission, and make it an inter-collegiate unit housed in the LSU Office of Academic Affairs. LSU alumnus Gordon A. Cain backed the plan with a $2.5M endowment. Over the next 15 years, supported by over $35 million in federal, state and foundation grant support, the Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy worked to recruit, train and support teachers and better prepare students for college.