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California State University Receives Four of National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Scholarship Grants
Funds help technology focused professionals and students become K-12 mathematics and science teachers
(November 15, 2006) — Four California State University campuses have received Robert Noyce Scholarship grants this year to help them support students and professionals committed to teaching math and science in high-need K-12 schools. The awards are worth between $400,000 and $500,000 each, and represent nearly 20 percent of the funds awarded in 2006 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the scholarship program.
The campuses that received grants this year are Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Cal State San Bernardino, totaling $1,856,868. Eleven CSU campuses have received the prestigious grants since 2002, the year the program was authorized by Congress.
Noyce Scholarships help encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals and upper-division students to pursue teaching careers. The majority of Noyce scholars are academically high achievers, have a substantial financial need, and come from traditionally underrepresented groups.
“The National Science Foundation’s Noyce Scholarship Program helps us enhance our commitment to ensuring K-12 schools provide students with top math instruction and cutting-edge science courses. This knowledge is the foundation for understanding today’s highly evolved technology fields,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “These grants also enable us to expand our goals in reaching out to those who work, parent, and attend school in California’s most underserved communities.”
The Robert Noyce Scholarship program is a competition. Each year, the NSF sends out a solicitation release seeking proposals from campuses. The proposals must adhere to NSF’s program criteria standards. These include descriptions of such items as the need for a Noyce program in the area, each potential scholar’s qualifications and achievements, and the tools the university will use to nurture and track their scholars’ academic progress.
Each scholar receives one or two years of stipends at up to $10,000 per year. Preference is given to students seeking a single subject credential in mathematics or science who might otherwise not have considered the teaching profession.
“There are many reasons why our Noyce scholars decide to pursue teaching. Often, upper division science students will have an experience related to teaching, such as working as a teacher’s aide, and find that the work excites them and engages them to use their scientific and math knowledge,” said Dr. Beverly L. Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teacher Education and Public School Programs for the CSU system. “There are also mid-career professionals already working in science fields who often decide they want to make a difference in young peoples’ lives, or decide to make a change to fulfill a personal aspiration.”
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Last Updated: November 15, 2005