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Robert Noyce Scholarship & Fellowship Programs Aim to Bring Talented Science and Math Teachers to High-Needs School Districts

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Students from Additional Academic Areas Now Eligible to Apply

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Since 2009 Hofstra University has offered undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply for the Robert Noyce Scholarship & Fellowship Programs. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Noyce Programs seek to increase the number of qualified and effective science and mathematics teachers in high-needs school districts across the country.

In time for this spring 2013, the School of Education has broadened the eligibility requirements for the Noyce programs.  Applicants from all the following academic programs may now apply:

Mathematics Education, B.A.
Mathematics Education, M.S.Ed.
Science Education B.A.
Science Education, M.S.Ed.
Elementary Education, B.A. (with co-major in STEM field)
Elementary Education, M.S.Ed. (who have a Bachelor’s degree in STEM field)
Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education, B.A. (with co-major in STEM field)
Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education, M.S.Ed. (must have a Bachelor’s degree in STEM field)

The Noyce Programs are a joint effort by Hofstra’s School of Education and Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS).

Benefits include scholarship funding, research opportunities and a summer institute stipend. Recipients of the undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship are required to teach in a high-needs school district for two years, for each year they receive the award. This commitment must be fulfilled within six years of graduation. The high-needs designation applies to many districts throughout the United States – large, small, urban and rural – and students may teach at the middle or high school level.

Undergraduate applicants to the program must:
•    Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.
•    Be accepted to the B.A. program in Science Education. Student may also be working toward a B.A. in Elementary Education or a dual B.A. in Early Childhood and Childhood Education (must co-major in a STEM related field – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
•    Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.26 or higher.
•    Agree to teach elementary education or secondary math or science in a high-needs school district for at least two years for each year he or she receives the scholarship.

Scholarship Award Benefits:
•    $20,000 scholarship per year
•    Enhanced advisement
•    Field placement in high-needs school district
•    School-based mentors
•    Research opportunities
•    Workshops and conference attendance opportunities
•    Stipend in the amount of $450 for participating in a two-week summer institute

Graduate applicants must:
•    Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.
•    Be accepted to the M.S.Ed. in Math or Science Education. Graduate students may also opt for the M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education, or Early Childhood and Childhood Education if they have a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field.
•    Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
•    Agree to teach elementary education or secondary math or science in a high-needs school district for at least two years for each year he or she receives the fellowship.

Fellowship Award Benefits:
•    Fellowship covers full tuition for one academic year (including two summer sessions)
•    Stipend in the amount of $450 for participating in a two-week summer institute
•    Placement in a high-needs middle or high school with a school-based mentor
•    Enhanced advisement
•    Research opportunities
•    Workshops and conference attendance opportunities

For more information on applying to the Noyce Programs, the requirements and the benefits, please contact:  Dr. Blidi Stemn of the School of Education at (516) 463-7717 or Blidi.S.Stemn@hofstra.edu or  Dr. Behailu Mammo from Hofstra’s Department of Mathematics at (516) 463-8693 or Behailu.Mammo@hofstra.edu. Information is also on the Hofstra web site at www.hofstra.edu/noyce .

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
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Related Link: More About The Robert Noyce Scholarship and Fellowship Program

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