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Science Teacher Scholarship Announcement
The National Science Foundation has awarded a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship project to the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus.  This project will recruit, prepare, and support a diverse and talented group of professionals to become science teachers in high-needs settings.  The project leverages local expertise to prepare post-graduates and career changers to excel during their initial years as science teachers.  A unique feature of this project is the collaborative structure that combines the expertise of scientists from UConn’s Marine Science Department with education coursework and clinic experiences that attend to issue of access and equity.  At the conclusion of this project, 24 STem professionals will hold Connecticut science teacher credentials along with a Master’s degree and fully prepared for careers teaching in high needs schools.  Principal Investigator:  John Settlage; Co-Principal Investigator:  George McManus; J. Evan Ward, Penny Vlahos, Suzanne Wilson.
Noyce Scholarships amount to $30,000.  In addition, funds are available to defray expenses for attending a professional science teacher education conference.  Scholarship recipients are also granted up to $1000 in science equipment to implement activities into their classrooms.  Scholarship recipients must repay, with interest, the entire award upon failure to teach science in a high-needs school for two years in the first four following graduation.  A high-needs school is characterized by substantial poverty among the student body, a sizable proportion of out-of-field or underprepared teachers, or a school with high faculty turnover.  Clinical experiences take place in settings with diverse students; a range of SES levels, language fluency, and ethnic heritages.  Especially strong relationships exist with the New London Public Schools and Norwich Free Academy.  Key to these partnerships is placing Husky Teach recipients in these schools for student teaching.  In addition, the summer component of the STEM Teacher Preparation program has begun infusing clinic experiences during summer school and summer camps.  Following student teaching, Husky Teach recipients will swap between Norwich and New London to continue refining their science curriculum materials.
For more information about the grant visit:  www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1439881