University of Rhode Island Wins Award to Train STEM Teachers

The university’s School of Education has received its second National Science Foundation scholarship, worth $1.2 million, to bolster the number of students who want to major in STEM as their career in K-12 teaching.

by Linda Borg The Providence Journal / April 17, 2019

(TNS) — The University of Rhode Island's School of Education was awarded its second National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship worth $1.2 million to recruit and train teachers of science and mathematics over the next five years.

The award provides $15,000 scholarships to 20 juniors and seniors who major in education and science or mathematics. It also provides $35,000 a year to an adult with a math, science or engineering background who wants to become a teacher.

In exchange, students must agree to teach in a high-need school district for two years for each year of support. The scholarship also provides paid summer internships for URI freshmen and sophomores to work with children in informal science and mathematics settings.

"The scholarship program is instrumental in recruiting students who major in a STEM area to consider a career in K-12 teaching," said Anne Seitsinger, associate dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies.

She said the program also provides mentoring to Noyce scholars for three years.

URI received its first Noyce teacher scholarship award in 2013.

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