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Hofstra Awarded NSF Grant to Relaunch Noyce Scholarship Program for Math and Science Teachers

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Hofstra University recently won a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Hofstra Noyce Scholarship & Stipend Programs, which seek to increase the number of science and mathematics teachers in high-need school districts nationwide. This latest round of NSF funding ($1,049,452) marks a 15 percent increase over 2009, when Hofstra was first awarded Noyce funds.

The program – directed by Dr. Behailu Mammo, associate professor of mathematics, and assistant directors Dr. Sharon Whitton, professor of teacher education, and Dr. Bret Bennington, professor of geology, environment and sustainability — is a partnership among the School of Education, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nassau Community College (NCC) and four local public school districts:  Freeport, Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury. The NSF funds will support 22 undergraduate and graduate students from Hofstra and NCC who are on track to be certified math and science teachers. Recipients are required to teach middle or high school math or science in any high-need district in the country for two years, for each year of the award. This commitment must be fulfilled within six years of graduation. The high-need designation applies to many districts throughout the United States — large, small, urban and rural.

“My colleagues and I are honored to receive this important award,” said Dr. Mammo. “By preparing high-quality math and science teachers, the Noyce program enhances Hofstra’s ongoing commitment to those disciplines.”

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to start the application process now for fall 2016 acceptance into the program.

Undergraduate Award Benefits

  • Up to $20,000 scholarship per academic year
  • Enhanced advisement
  • Field placement in high-need school district with school-based mentor
  • Research opportunities
  • Workshops and conference attendance opportunities
  • Stipend for participating in a one-week summer institute

 

To Be Eligible, Undergraduate Students Must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident
  • Be accepted to the School of Education with a co-major in Mathematics Education or Science Education
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Agree to teach secondary math or science (grades 7-12) in a high-need school district for at least two years for each year of scholarship support

 

Graduate Award Benefits

  • Tuition Stipend of up to $24,200 per academic year
  • Enhanced advisement
  • Field placement in high-need school district with a school-based mentor
  • Research opportunities
  • Workshops and conference attendance opportunities
  • Stipend for participating in a one-week summer institute


To Be Eligible, Graduate Students Must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident
  • Be accepted to one of the following programs:
    • MSEd in Science Education
    • MSEd in Mathematics Education
    • MSEd in Inclusive Secondary Special Education with a concentration in Science or Mathematics
    • Adv. Cert. in Secondary Education with a concentration in Science or Mathematics
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Agree to teach elementary education or secondary math or science (grades 7-12) in a high-need school district for at least two years for each year of stipend support

 

How To Apply to the Noyce Program

  • Complete and sign the application form located at hofstra.edu/noyce
  • Write a personal statement (2-3 pages) describing educational and career goals. The following should be addressed:
  • Interest in and commitment to science and mathematics education
  • Motivation for teaching in a high-need school environment
  • Characteristics of effective science and mathematics teaching techniques, based on your experience
  • Provide official copies of all university/college transcripts
  • Provide two sealed letters of reference (see forms on website)
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with Hofstra University’s Office of Student Financial Services
  • Provide a resume of extracurricular activities and related experiences
  • Complete a Contract of Responsibilities form

 

In addition to the undergraduate and graduate eligibility requirements listed above, all Noyce Scholars are required to:

  • Obtain their teaching certification at Hofstra University
  • Meet with faculty advisors at least once a month
  • Work closely with assigned mentors
  • Participate in all Noyce program activities
  • Complete Noyce program survey and assessment forms

 

For more information on how to apply, as well as the requirements and benefits of the Noyce Programs, please contact Dr. Mammo at 516-463-8693 or Behailu.Mammo@hofstra.edu, Dr. Whitton, at 516-463-6456 or Sharon.Whitton@hofstra.edu, or Dr. Bennington at 516-463-5568 or J.B.Bennington@hofstra.edu.

 

 

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