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. For the next 7 years, the Cain Center, coupled with a group of LSU faculty, obtained funding to perform research, develop curricula, and innovate methods of teaching science and mathematics, to enhance student learning experiences in Louisiana schools.
By 2000, College Deans of Education, Basic Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Agriculture, outlined a plan to expand the mission and transform the Center into an inter-collegiate unit within the LSU Office of Academic Affairs. LSU alumnus, Gordon A. Cain, backed the plan with a $2.5M endowment. Over the next 15 years, the Center acquired an additional $35 million in federal, state and foundation grants to recruit, train, and support teachers—to better prepare students for post-secondary pursuits.