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FIUteach Noyce Scholarship Program

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, FIUteach students are eligible to apply for the Robert Noyce Scholarship.  In addition to Noyce funding, recipients will also have the opportunity to participate in the program’s:

  • Biweekly cohort experiences
  • Research and Instructional Internships
  • Mentorship from faculty
  • Post graduate support by FIUteach faculty/staff while transitioning into the teaching profession

Seminars, internships and post graduate support will provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills to effectively serve students in the highest needs schools.

In addition Scholars may be selected to attend Annual Noyce Conference with Principal Investigator

 

About Annual Noyce Conference

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation are host an annual summit focused on Stimulating Research and Innovation for Preservice Education of STEM Teachers in High-Need Schools. Invitees to this summit include NSF Noyce grantees; Representatives form NSF Noyce grantees partners, including school districts, educational agencies, community colleges and others; Current and former Noyce Scholars and Fellows; science and mathematics educational researcher and evaluators; and Representatives from education and professional societies. The objectives of the summit are to Foster more research on STEM preservice teacher preparation for high-need schools, including research collaborations; Introduce teacher educators, researchers, current and former Noyce Scholars, and others to research and ideas for research in this area; Share and exchange ideas from a working group on stimulating research in this area, including papers and resources; and Share and exchange ideas about the NSF Noyce projects ongoing efforts to change science and mathematics teacher education programs, practices, and strategies for attracting, preparing, and supporting science and mathematics teachers and retaining them in the teaching workforce in high-need schools. 

 

FIUteach Noyce Scholarship Program Eligibility

Applications for the Spring 2018 semester are open to all eligible FIUteach students. Interested in being an FIUteach student?  Contact Dr. Nicole Cook (nicook@fiu.edu) 

Eligibility

Individuals who are selected for the FIUteach Noyce Scholarship must:

  1. United States citizen or permanent resident alien
  2. Biology BS, Chemistry BA, Physics BA/BS, Earth Sciences BA and or Mathematics BA major
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. Taken a minimum of 1 credit hour of FIUteach courses (FIUteach student who have declared the “education track” preferred). Interested in declaring the “education track”? Contact Sonssire Tapanes (sonssire.tapanes1@fiu.edu)
  5. Completed application, including 2 recommendations, one of which must be from FIUteach faculty
  6. Students within 2 years from graduation preferred (Approximately 60 credit hours -in residence and transfer- by Spring 2018)

Interested but do not meet eligibility requirement 6? Sophomores (ie students having taken 30+ credits, or within 3 years of graduation) can participate in the FIUteach Noyce Recruitment Workshops.  As a participant in the FIUteach Noyce Recruitment workshop, students will partake in bi-weekly workshops and will receive a stipend of $200 per semester. Students may be eligible to receive the stipend for up to two consecutive semesters (total of $400). While participation in Noyce Recruitment workshops is not required, it is preferred for consideration for the FIUteach Noyce Scholarship for the following year.

 

Renewal of FIUteach Noyce Scholarship

FIUteach students may receive the scholarship for a total of 4 semesters

Eligibility for renewal includes:

  1. Continuing in the FIUteach program
  2. Continuing as a Biology BS, Chemistry BA, Physics BA/BS, Earth Sciences BA and or Mathematics BA major
  3. Maintaining a GPA of 2.5

 

How to Apply

The Spring 2018 FIUteach Scholarship Application is submitted through the SurveyMonkey system.  In addition to the standard information, such at FIU PID, email address etc., applicants should prepare the following information in advance:

  1. Current cumulative FIU GPA and pdf of unofficial FIU and other institution transcripts.
  2. Brief description of financial need
  3. List of anticipated financial contributions from financial aid, awards, fellowships, etc.
  4. The names of 2 faculty you will ask for references. One of the instructors must be FIUteach Faculty.
  5. 2 essays on the prompts below. Essays must be uploaded as PDFs.

Essay Prompt:

  1. What knowledge do you think is important for teaching and how will the FIUteach program help you attain this knowledge? What other knowledge and skills do you think are necessary to be an effective teacher in the highest needs school.  (300-500 words)
  2. Why do you want to be a teacher? Discuss how your life experiences have impacted you to go into the field of education. (100-300 words)

 

Application for Noyce Scholarship (ie Students within 2 years of graduation)

  1. Application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1181NoyceApp
  2. Letter of Recommendation (FIUteach Faculty): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1181NoyceLORMT
  3. Letter of Recommendation (Other):  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1181NoyceLOR

Application for Noyce Workshops (students with 3+ years to graduate): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9XNCBX

 

Selection

FIUteach Noyce Scholarship Committee will have a screening committee to review each application. The committee nominates candidates to the Noyce Principal Investigator, who announces its final selection prior to the Spring 2018 Semester. Each new scholar will receive a congratulatory letter and a promissory note that must be signed and returned within 5 days of receipt. Scholars must keep a copy of the promissory note to refer to the terms and conditions of the scholarship. Scholars are selected on the basis of qualities that would indicate their potential to become highly effective teachers in the highest needs schools. These qualities include writing ability, communication skills, overall academic performance, and evidence of commitment to serving in the highest needs schools.

 

Scholarship Awards

The annual amount of the FIUteach Noyce Scholarship is up to $12,000. 
Awards are only disbursed during the Spring 2018 and Fall semesters. Students may be eligible to receive the scholarship for up to two consecutive years.

As part of the FIUteach Noyce Scholarship program, Noyce Scholars will receive special preparation and support.  This includes, but is not limited to, bi-weekly seminars, internships and induction support (post graduation support in first years of teaching).

 

Distribution

Before funds can be distributed, all recipients must attend a FIUteach Noyce Orientation. The date will be announced closer to the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester, usually during the 1st week of classes. You will meet fellow FIUteach Noyce scholars and finalize the required paperwork for distribution.

 

Conditions

Noyce funding comes in the form of a forgiveable loan. Students receiving the scholarship must the maintain satisfactory academic progress. FIUteach Noyce Scholarship recipients must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and maintain full time enrollment. Upon graduation, recipients are required to teach one year in the highest needs public school for each semester they received the scholarship. If recipients do not graduate, leave the FIUteach program or if recipients do not teach in the highest needs public school, they will be required to repay the total amount of the scholarship received. Recipients are not required to teach in the State of Florida

While an undergraduate, Noyce Scholars will be expected to participate in all Cohort Experiences.  This includes, but is not limited to: Bi-weekly seminars and internships.

A highest need school is characterized by at least one of the following:

  • a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
  • a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; or
  • a high teacher turnover rate

Time Frame for Completion

  • Undergraduates must fulfill the service requirement within 8 years after completion of the FIU Undergraduate Degree.

Recipients also agree to:

  • respond to survey requests
  • maintain contact so that the FIUteach program is able to document the fulfillment of the teaching service obligation as required by the National Science Foundation

Funding reverts to a loan that must be repaid if the recipient:

  • fails to maintain the required level of academic standing (2.5 cumulative GPA)
  • is dismissed from the program or institution for disciplinary reasons
  • withdraws from the program before the completion
  • declares the intent not to meet the service obligation
  • fails to fulfill the teaching service commitment

If any of these circumstances arise before the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the total amount of the funds received must be repaid. If the circumstance arises after the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the amount to be repaid is a proportion of the total scholarship awards received, prorated appropriately to reflect partial service completed

 

Who was Robert Noyce?

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Robert Noyce (1927-1990), one of the two co-founders of Intel, is considered the father of the semiconductor industry. A man devoted to innovation and to education, Noyce stressed the importance of education and of preparing the next generation to thrive in a high-tech world. For this, of course, highly-qualified STEM educators, passionate about their subjects, are absolutely necessary. The Robert Noyce Scholarship through the National Science Foundation is an important part of Noyce’s determination to put his fortune to good use.

Noyce himself was, without the label, the embodiment of what has become a Maker mentality. Among his early accomplishments, according to his biography, were:

  • building a radio from scratch
  • motorizing his sled “by welding a propeller and an engine” from an old washing machine on the back
  • wiring a “car headlight to a battery he found at the dump” as a hand warmer on cold winter mornings as he rode his paper route
  • at 13, building a box kite, strapping himself to the kite and the kite to the bumper of a neighbor’s car

He also embodied what can happen in the absence of an outlet for the urge to tinker, to build, to make:

  • “He spent much of the first semester of high school physics dismantling and rebuilding a watch under his desk during lectures,” using a jeweler’s loupe whenever the teacher wasn’t looking. Despite the inattention, he “aced every test.”

 

(Noyce’s biography, The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley, by Leslie Berlin, is an electronic resource through the PCL. “Silicon Valley,” an episode of the PBS Series, The American Experience, is available for streaming through UT’s Kanopy database.)

 

 

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The Robert Noyce Scholarship (award ID1660776) is funded by the National Science Foundation.