NSF Kicks in $634,000 for STEM Education Development at U Rochester

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Rochester Warner School of Education $634,157 to "help encourage and train both talented undergraduate majors in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering and STEM professionals considering a career change to work as math and science teachers in high-need school districts," according to the university.

The grant is part of the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program and will allows a total of 30 Noyce scholars over the next three years to enroll in graduate a 15-month teacher-preparation program in math or science free of tuition.

"This National Science Foundation Noyce Scholars Program will enhance our ability to increase the number of highly qualified math and science teachers who are committed ... and well prepared to work in underserved school districts," said Raffaella Borasi, dean of the Warner School. "Consistent with the mission of the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, our ultimate objective is to improve the learning opportunities offered to all students in science and mathematics and especially those in high-need schools."

The teacher-preparation programs, open to undergraduates and recent graduates in STEM subjects and professionals in STEM fields, lead to certification in the state of New York to teach in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science. Participants "agree to teach for at least two years in a high-need school district within six years following the completion of their master's program," according to the university. Graduates will receive support for their two-year teaching period, which includes monthly seminars, professional development, and various online tools.

The University of Rochester is a private institution in New York serving about 4,600 FTE undergraduates and 4,100 full- or part-time graduate students.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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