NSF/STEMTEC Teaching Scholar Award

2000-2001 Award Information

Students considering a career in mathematics or science teaching at the elementary or secondary level (K-12) and/or following a course of study that may lead them to a career in K-12 teaching are invited to apply for NSF/STEMTEC Teaching Scholar Awards.  We are looking for students who will be leaders in their field and who are interested in learning and applying new approaches to teaching.  In addition to the Teaching Scholar Awards, recipients will have various support services available to aid them in their teaching career goals, including mentors, advising, and other STEMTEC and campus based information resources.

Award

The awards range from $1,000-$5,000 and will be paid over a one or two academic year period.  Awards for the 2000-2001 academic year will be announced in August 2000.  Award funds will be disbursed to students through their on-campus business office, half in the fall semester and half in the spring, shortly after the beginning of each semester.  Teaching Scholar awardees are encouraged to reapply for continued scholarship consideration in subsequent years.

Eligibility

Applicants for the Teaching Scholar Awards must be enrolled, or anticipate being enrolled, at least half time at one of the eight collaborating institutions:  Amherst College, Greenfield Community College, Hampshire College, Holyoke Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield Technical Community College, or the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Applicants should be considering a career in mathematics or science teaching at the elementary or secondary level and/or following a course of study that may lead them to a career in K-12 teaching.  They should be able to demonstrate an interest in math or science education, as evidenced by their academic work, volunteer experience, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.  The awards are primarily for undergraduates, but post-baccalaureate students are also eligible and do receive awards.

 One of the goals of the Teaching Scholars Program is to increase the number of mathematics and science teachers from traditionally underrepresented groups, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.  However, scholarships are available to all qualified candidates, regardless of ethnicity/race.

NSF guidelines require that Teaching Scholars must be U.S. citizens or must be permanent U.S. residents with intent to teach in the U.S.

 Application/Requirements

To be considered for a 2000-2001 award, please complete and return, in one package postmarked by April 1, 2000:

 

              The completed application form (attached).

              Official transcripts from your current institution and all post-secondary schools attended at which four or more classes have been taken.  High school seniors should submit high school transcripts; first year students may want to attach high school transcripts as well.

              Two letters of recommendation with the STEMTEC recommendation forms. (If necessary these may be sent under separate cover.)

  

Submit to your on-campus Financial Aid Office by April 1, 2000:

              STEMTEC Financial Aid Form, signed and dated by you, to be filled out by your college financial aid officer, who will then send it to STEMTEC on your behalf.

NSF/STEMTEC Teaching Scholars will be asked to participate in some type of teaching experience (with STEMTEC's assistance) and in Teaching Scholar activities (on- and off-campus workshops, field trips, information sessions, etc. designed to provide information about teaching and learning, certification, etc.), and to turn in a brief final report.

 Submission

For an application, or if you have any questions or concerns about the NSF/STEMTEC Teaching Scholars Program or application process, please contact: 

Dr. Sharon Palmer

STEMTEC - Director of Student Services

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

436 Lederle Graduate Research Tower

Amherst, MA  01003

 

Telephone: (413) 545-0734

Email: spalmer@k12s.phast.umass.edu

Visit our web site to find out more about STEMTEC and the Teaching Scholars Program or to download application materials:

 http://k12s.phast.umass.edu/~stemtec

Complete application packages must be postmarked by April 1, 2000. The 2000-2001 Teaching Scholar Awards will be announced in August 2000.  Please submit complete application packages to:

 Ms. C. Lillian Johnson

Five Colleges, Inc.

97 Spring Street

Amherst, MA  01002

ATTN:  STEMTEC Teaching Scholars Program

 

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