The STEM Bridge for Noyce Scholars Program

 

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Important Notice: Effective September, 2007, awards will be at least $10,000, and up to $20,000 per year

September, 2008: All available funds have been committed. No more applications will be considered.


STEM Bridge for Noyce Scholars will award 52 scholarships over three years of $10,000  per year to UMass juniors, seniors, and recent UMass graduates majoring in science, math, or engineering, who are enrolled in UMass high school or middle school teacher preparation programs.

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce scholarship program is named in honor of the co-founder of Intel. It seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides $500,000 over three years to support scholarships, stipends, and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-need schools. Specifically, they must agree to teach two years in such a school for every year they receive funding. The school may be anywhere in the United States.  STEM Bridge is a joint effort of the UMass School of Education and the STEM Education Institute. The lead Principal Investigator is STEM Ed Associate Director Allan Feldman (Science Education); co-PIs are Mort Sternheim (STEM Ed Director), Farshid Hajir (Mathematics), and Portia Elliot (Math Education). An advisory board assists in recruiting and selecting the scholars. 

Who can apply?

Benefits

Requirements

 

What is a high-need district?

For the purposes of this program, the National Science Foundation defines a high need district as one that meets at least one of the following criteria:

  1. It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced price lunch program.
  2. It has at least one school in which: (i) more than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  3. It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.

This includes a great many districts in Massachusetts and in every other state. Amherst, for example, qualifies as a high need district. Click here for a partial list of Massachusetts high need districts.

 

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Application Forms

More information: Contact

Project Manager

STEM Education Institute

Hasbrouck 237

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003

Voice: 413-545-0734  Fax: 413-545-3697

 

 

 

UMass Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)

121B Furcolo Hall

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003

(413)545-4397