The Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara announces that there are only two weeks left for students to apply for the prestigious Noyce Fellowships – the application deadline is March 1. These $10,000 awards funded by the National Science Foundation are available for students seeking a secondary education credential in mathematics or science and who are willing to commit to two years of teaching in a high need school. In addition to the financial award, Noyce Teacher Scholars are offered regular enrichment activities and become part of a community of Noyce Teacher Scholars in California and the nation.
The application form is available on line, http://education.ucsb.edu/Graduate-Studies/Teacher-Education-Program/prospective-students/documents/noyce-app-11(form).pdf
The Noyce Scholars are one component of Cal Teach at Santa Barbara (CTSB), part of a statewide UC effort to reinvigorate science and mathematics teaching in order to prepare California students for the ever-more demanding 21st century workforce and marketplace. CTSB has three objectives: 1) to use the rapidly expanding undergraduate program at the Gevirtz School – which includes a new Minor in Science and Mathematics Education – to recruit students, particularly underrepresented ethnic minority students, into science and mathematics teaching; 2) to increase the overall number of science and mathematics credential candidates in UCSB’s Teacher Education Program; and 3) to build cohorts of students through shared activities so as to prepare and retain student-centered, reform-minded science and mathematics teachers. These objectives are all the more crucial given the increasing need for qualified science and mathematics teachers and the lack of support at the state level due to California’s budget crisis. The Noyce Scholarships are a direct way to address that teacher shortage.
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