Bonnie Maur, center with Kevin Liner and Jim McLaughlin
Sacred Heart University was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the amount of $1.2 million to launch its Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. This grant responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented biology and mathematics majors to pursue teaching careers in secondary education; the grant was secured by Farrington College of Education Professor Bonnie Maur and College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor, Mark Beekey. The College of Education continues to work in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences to increase the number, quality, and effectiveness of biology and mathematics teachers interested in teaching in high-needs school districts across the United States.
The College of Education is recruiting biology and mathematics majors to join this program to provide $15,000 during their junior and senior years at Sacred Heart University, as well as $15,000 to complete their certification and Masters’ degrees. Teacher candidates will have opportunities to participate in specially designed seminars and courses—as well as field experience specifically related to STEM education—to enhance their preparation as secondary biology or math teachers. The program prepares them to take their places in the exciting world of STEM education—in conjunction with the cultural competence, pedagogical knowledge, and dispositions to be successful teachers in a high-needs school district. The Noyce scholarships enable the Isabelle Farrington College of Education to provide high-needs districts with the highest quality STEM educators.
Interested juniors and seniors can apply over the next three years to participate in this groundbreaking initiative deploying STEM NextGen standards. Apply now if you are a rising junior.