NSF’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $1.2 million to Salisbury University (SU) to produce more middle and high school teachers in science and mathematics. SU’s Noyce project provides $1,500/year internship stipends to freshmen and sophomores and $10,000/year scholarships to juniors and seniors.

Project Title: Recruitment and Induction of Secondary STEM Teachers Integrating Lesson-Study as a Continuous Improvement Learning Mechanism

With support from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, this project aims to serve the national need of preparing high-quality mathematics and science teachers. The project encourages SU STEM majors to become mathematics and science teachers in high-need schools through the use of freshman and sophomore school-based internships and junior and senior scholarships. All STEM majors participating in the project work together to design and analyze lessons under the guidance of expert teachers in Wicomico County Public Schools. Scholarship recipients benefit from a teacher education curriculum that includes enhanced attention to instructional technology and equity issues in schools.

Support for scholarship recipients continues into their first years of teaching, as the project provides expert mentor teachers and peer communities to ensure their successful professional induction. Scholarship awardees are required to teach for two years after graduation for each year of funding received. SU students may fulfill this commitment in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, or Worcester counties, or another high-need district in the U.S.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DUE- 1852139. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.