NSF scholarships for future math/science teachers

February 17, 2005

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A new National Science Foundation/Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Bridge for Noyce Scholars program will award 10 scholarships next fall to UMass students who are currently sophomores and juniors.

Students must be majoring in science, engineering, math or a related area and be interested in becoming a middle school or high school teacher of math or science. The awards range from $7,500 to $10,000 per year for one or two years.

Minority and nontraditional students are encouraged to apply. The target date for applications for the 2005-06 school year is April 15. Applications received later will be considered if funds are still available. Recipients must commit to teaching at least two years, for each year they receive the scholarship, in a high-need school district which includes many rural and small towns as well as cities. A total of 52 awards will be made over the next three years.

This program is a joint effort of the UMass Secondary Teacher Education Program and the STEM Education Institute. The lead principal investigator is STEM Ed associate director Allan Feldman (School of Education); the co-PIs are Mort Sternheim (STEM Ed sirector), Farshid Hajir (Mathematics), and Portia Elliot (School of Education).

For details, call 545-0734 or click on the link below.