The University of Alabama’s impact on k-12 STEM education will grow over the next five years following the announcement of a $1.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, a national education initiative of the NSF, seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, majors and professionals to become middle and high school mathematics and science teachers.
Beginning Oct. 1, The University of Alabama Noyce Scholars Program will award 21 two-year scholarships ($16,000 per year) over the next five years to undergraduate and master’s level students who plan to major in chemistry, mathematics or physics and complete teacher certification. Freshmen and sophomores at UA will have opportunities to be among roughly 120 students who will participate in paid summer internships over the next four years. During the summer, students will participate in seminars hosted by the participating UA departments and by teacher education faculty from the department of curriculum and instruction.
Co-project investigators are Drs. Jeremy Zelkowski and Jim Gleason in mathematics education and mathematics, Cynthia Sunal in teacher education, Kevin Shaughnessy in chemistry, J. W. Harrell in physics and Sharon Vincent at Shelton State.