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NSF grant to launch undergrads from Case Western Reserve into math and science teaching
Date:11/5/2008

CLEVELAND The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a new program at Case Western Reserve University to prepare 24 high-achieving science and math undergraduates for teaching careers.

The newly funded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program within the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve will seek to encourage science and mathematics majors to become high school math and science teachers. The nearly $750,000 grant will be used to recruit research-trained students from biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics into the teaching profession.

The program has four components: scholarships, summer internships, mentoring and post-graduation follow-up.

"These program elements combine to create a vibrant professional training community whose goal is to retain well-trained, talented scholars in teaching careers," said Edward Bernetich, the lead investigator on the Noyce project and director of teacher education in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition, the Noyce program builds on Case Western Reserve's existing partnership with Fisk University. It will recruit a total of seven Fisk juniors to join their Case Western Reserve peers with the goal of addressing the national shortage of diversity science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers.

Scholarships

Over the course of the grant, 24 scholarships valued at $555,000 will be awarded.

The Noyce program will offer $15,000 scholarships to Case Western Reserve students in their third and fourth years. Fisk students will receive a $15,000 scholarship to study at Case Western Reserve in their junior year.

The awards will be given to science and mathematics majors who maintain a grade point average of 3.0 and higher, demonstrate an interest in teaching as a career and exhibit an ability to work successfully with high school-age students. For each year of scholarship received, students must commit to two y
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Contact: Jason A. Tirotta
jason.tirotta@case.edu
216-368-6890
Case Western Reserve University
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