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CONTACT: Susie P. Gonzalez
Jan. 13, 2010
Trinity University Receives National Grants to Prepare Math and Science Teachers
SAN ANTONIO – Two grants to Trinity University’s education department will help train the next generation of K-12 math and science public school teachers. Totaling more than $2 million, the National Science Foundation (NSF) grants will provide continued scholarship and support for Trinity’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Trinity is one of only 50 universities selected by the NSF to participate in the Noyce Scholarship program, which seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become elementary, middle, and high school teachers through scholarships and salary stipends. The program – named for Robert Noyce, creator of the microchip and founder of Intel Corporation – is designed to fund the recruitment, preparation, early-career support, and provide opportunities for life-long learning for new STEM teachers.
“We are delighted that the NSF has re-affirmed its confidence in our teacher education program through awarding us two Robert Noyce Scholarship competitive grants,” said Paul Kelleher, Murchison Professor and chair of education. “A grant for $600,000 targets recruitment and preparation of Trinity undergraduate math and science majors as teachers. The other, for $1.5 million, targets career changers, professionals working in math and science fields who decide to become teachers.”
The NSF previously awarded Noyce grants to Trinity in 2003 and 2008.
Under the program, Trinity offers as many as 10 Noyce Scholarships to qualified seniors and post-baccalaureate candidates who are aspiring math and science teachers. Students are eligible to receive a $15,000 tuition scholarship for up to two years. In addition, Trinity will launch a new undergraduate summer internship program for students in STEM fields who want to teach.
In 2010, Trinity will support two cohorts of STEM professionals in becoming high-quality teachers in the Noyce Teaching Fellows Program for Career Changers. Ten fellows will receive a full cost-of-attendance scholarship as they earn their Master of Arts in Teaching, approximately $49,000. Upon graduation, Fellows qualify for an additional salary supplement of $15,000 per year, for four years, to minimize any lost salary necessitated by a mid-career professional. Fellows will also receive on-going professional development from Trinity faculty during their first years in the profession.
Professor Kelleher will administer the program along with Patricia Norman, associate professor of education. More information is online at www.trinity.edu/noyce.