The UF Noyce Scholars Program is funded by the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at the National Science Foundation and aims to recruit and retain bright and talented students to become middle and high school teachers of mathematics and/or science. The program provides financial assistance to full-time UF students enrolled in mathematics education or science education leading to teacher certification in mathematics or one or more science fields. During 2016-2017, at least 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each will be available to full time, qualified students.
Why Mathematics and Science Teachers?
Teachers of mathematics and the sciences are in short supply and well-prepared teachers can get positions almost anywhere. A student selected for UF Noyce Scholarship agrees to a service obligation where the recipient teaches full-time as a certified teacher in mathematics or science in a high-needs public school district (aka Local Education Agency – LEA) for two years. A high-needs LEA is defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021). The term “high need local educational agency” means a school district that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area in which there is: a) a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line; b) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; or c) a high teacher turnover rate.
School Districts in all U.S. states and territories that meet the federal definition of high-needs LEA are listed at: https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp. In 2015-2016, all Florida public school districts were considered high-needs, affording UF Noyce Scholarship recipients to potentially teach anywhere in the state. In addition, elementary or secondary schools operated by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) qualify as high-needs schools.
The Scholars Program
The UF Noyce Scholars Program provides funding and learning opportunities to promote the knowledge and skills necessary to have an impact on the learning and enthusiasm of middle and high school students. UF Noyce Scholars will receive support from highly-qualified, veteran teachers in both their content area and teacher preparation.
Perhaps most importantly, the UF Noyce Scholars Program, over 5 years, will provide 50 scholarships worth $10,000 and 90 summer internships for UF students with an interest in teaching mathematics or science. The UF Noyce Scholars Program is working to:
- strengthen UF’s mathematics and science teacher education program
- increase the retention of graduates through their first several years of teaching
- provide an opportunity for collaborative learning for Noyce scholars through the online EduGator community
The competitive UF Noyce Scholars Program is available to UF students accepted to either the UFTeach undergraduate Minor or the Master’s programs leading to teacher certification in mathematics education or science education. Approximately 10 scholarships will be awarded annually to newly admitted or existing UF students who are performing well and have demonstrated financial need as determined by the UF office of student financial aid.
The Noyce scholarship is limited to UF undergraduate students who have completed most of the UFTeach coursework or Master’s level students in the one-year teacher preparation program. Awards are given on a needs-basis to allay financial concerns and allow prospective teachers in these programs to worry less about finances and to focus more on the time required in excel in student teaching or apprentice teaching.
Selection Criteria for University of Florida Robert Noyce Scholarship
- Be a full time student with a demonstrated financial need who will be able to complete their degree plan by August 2017;
- Plans on enrolling in Internship/Student Teaching/Apprentice Teaching in Spring 2017;
- Shows academic promise based on past college coursework and/or activities;
- Holds a undergraduate degree in mathematics or a science discipline, or a closely related field; or if an undergraduate, have a major in a mathematics or science discipline and the UFTeach Minor;
- Has a minimum undergraduate overall and content major GPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale;
- Has applied for UF financial aid for graduate students and has demonstrated financial need;
- Completed a scholarship application including an essay about the content field the applicant is studying and commitment to working in high-needs schools;
- Recommended by a UF advisor/faculty member. Undergraduate UFTeach students request two letters of recommendation be sent to the UF Noyce Program Coordinator, one from a UF STEM faculty member and one from a UFTeach mentor teacher. Graduate students need to have their advisor send an email indicating support to the UF Noyce Program Coordinator.
- Complete attached 2016-2017 UF Noyce Scholars Application
- Include a Personal Statement of approximately 500 words in which you explain your commitment to teaching mathematics, engineering, and/or science. Indicate how the UF Noyce Scholarship will enhance your ability to excel in teacher preparation course work and teaching internship/student teaching.
- Provide a Transcript(s) of all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
RETURN your completed application packet to Dr. Thomas Dana at email@example.com or 140 Norman Hall by Monday, August 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
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Florida STEM TIPS (Teacher Induction and Profesional Support) Florida STEM TIPS is an online learning community provides promising opportunities for collaborative learning for Noyce scholars and interns in which they can reflect on practice with colleagues, share expertise in a distributed knowledge framework, and build a common understanding of new instructional approaches, standards, and curriculum. This on-line professional learning community will provide Noyce graduates with just-in-time support and collaboration with other teachers from all over the world.