The Noyce Program at Rhodes College will offer STEM students scholarships in their Junior and Senior years as well as their student teaching semester from 2019-2024. Noyce Scholars must teach for 2 years per year of funding received: which means in accepting the scholarship they are agreeing to teaching in a high needs school for 5 years after completing the program.
Additional Monetary Support for Scholars
Noyce Scholars will receive funding to work 10 hours per week with a faculty member in their lab (or off-campus research, e.g. St. Jude, etc.) in their junior and senior years. Each scholar will have funding to attend one professional conference in either their junior or senior year. They will also be paid for one summer research experience (either as rising juniors or seniors) and receive free housing on campus for that summer. After completing the program, each scholar will have a grant to work with a Rhodes STEM faculty member to help them purchase supplies for their own classrooms. Finally, all testing fees associated with certification will be covered.
STEM Faculty Involvement
All Noyce Scholars will be mentored by a STEM faculty member at Rhodes.
We will facilitate “STEM 101” a workshop that takes place in a local school featuring hands on-inquiry based lessons and activities with P-12 students and the Noyce Scholars. We will also have responsibility for “STEM Week” as part of the Urban Education Summer Institute, beginning Summer 2019, which takes place every June and July. That week will feature professional development opportunities here on campus. We will also be bringing in guest speakers whose work focuses on STEM education and social justice.
The overarching research question central to this project is about what happens when we combine intensive lab-based STEM training with our culturally relevant approach to urban teacher education. We have contracted with Brockport Research Institute to provide formative and summative evaluations of the project. They will be monitoring completer data as well as conducting surveys and phone interviews with the Noyce Scholars. Their work will form the basis for our data collection.