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Noyce Scholarships provided by funding from the National Science Foundation
Award Abstract #0733788
Advance Urban Learning: Teach Science

The Robert Noyce Teach Science Program

The Robert Noyce Teach Science Scholarship encourages talented STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) undergraduate students at IUPUI to enter the challenging and rewarding profession of middle school or high school science teaching in high need schools. Recipients of the Teach Science Noyce Scholarship at IUPUI are eligible to receive both monetary and professional support to complete their teaching certification and baccalaureate degree in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics simultaneously.

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Figure 1. Diagram of all 3 Noyce programs. Robert Noyce Teach Science Options 1 & 2 and Transition to Teaching (T2T). All three option end in the completion of a teaching certificate. Arrows at the bottom of the diagram indicate the timeline to completion. * Students are “seniors” until the completion of their degree, could be longer than 1 academic year.

Option 1:

Earn a B.S./B.A. in a science related field at IUPUI, then immediately following graduation, enter the 1 year post-baccalaureate T2T program.

The Noyce Teach Science program is for IUPUI Juniors and Seniors interested in teaching middle school or high school science.
 
The Noyce Scholarship provides a full tuition waiver ($12,500 / year) for 1-3 years, during which time the student finishes up an undergraduate BA or BS in a science related discipline.   Just after graduation, Noyce Scholars complete a 1-year, 18 credit hour, post-baccalaureate certification process through the secondary Transition to Teaching (T2T) Program in the IU School of Education at IUPUI.
 
T2T is a full-time teacher residency program that commences in Summer II immediately following graduation with the science related degree from IUPUI. The T2T program is highly selective and rigorous, and as a Noyce Scholar, you will spend the majority of your time working with a practicing teacher in a local high-need school.

Juniors and Seniors pursuing a degree in a science related field that have a desire to become a secondary science/math teacher would complete the following sequence of events:

  1. Compete a B.A./B.S. in a science related field.  The Noyce Scholarship provides full tuition ($12,500 / year) for Junior and Senior year.  This provides all of the science content needed for teaching -- no changes to the IUPUI B.A./B.S. science degrees requirements.
  2. Start the 1-year T2T (Transition to Teaching) program in Summer II just following graduation. This is an 18 credit hour, Post-Bac program with two full semesters of student teaching and all  education coursework for teacher certification.   This is a very successful and straightforward path to teaching in the School of Education.   The Noyce Scholarship provides full tuition ($12,500 / year) for the T2T year as well, and students are ready for full time employment as a teacher just as this program is complete.
  3. Teach science/math in a high need school district.  Scholars commit to teaching for 2 years in a high-need school district for every year of fellowship accepted.    Almost all schools in Indiana and around the country are considered high need.  If a scholar joins the program in their junior year they could be on fellowship for 3 years which would = 6 years of teaching service.
  4. Total time for completion of both programs: 4 + 1 = 5 years.

 

Eligibility:

  • Junior or senior at IUPUI majoring in a science related discipline
  • 3.0 grade point average throughout duration of scholarship
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses with C or higher for content area coursework
  • Passing PRAXIS I and II by start of T2T portion of the program
  • Commit to working with students in a high-need school district
  • Opportunity to complete a paid internship working as a mentor in a local school or in an IUPUI science class before beginning program.

Benefits of becoming a Noyce Teach Science T2T Scholar at IUPUI

  • $12,500 scholarship awarded per calendar year for up to three years.
  • Free PRAXIS I and II exam review sessions.
  • During your two years as a Noyce Scholar, you will complete and earn a BA or BS degree from either Purdue University in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, or a BA degree in Geology from Indiana University.
  • Streamline into T2T program to become certified as a secondary education Science teacher.
  • Opportunity to be a part of a community and support system to help you through your degree and teaching certification.
  • Opportunity to teach science to adolescents in an urban or high need school, two years of teaching for each year of scholarship received.

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit the IUPUI Continuing Student Scholarships Application by the due dates. IUPUI Scholarship application can be downloaded from: http://www.iupui.edu/~scentral/continuing/majorspecific.html.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation: one from a Science professor and the other from an Education professor or an academic advisor.
  • Write an essay responding to the question: What experience(s) has motivated you to pursue a career teaching science in a high-need school?

Application Deadlines

  • March 15 for scholarships beginning the following FALL semester.
  • October 15 for scholarships beginning the following SPRING semester.   
  • Student must also make an application to the T2T Program by February 7 of their senior year.

Option 2:

Simultaneously earn a B.S./B.A. in a science related field AND a secondary teaching certificate during your undergraduate education at IUPUI.

Undergraduate students who are pursuing a major in the sciences and have completed a half of the required courses in the major may use the curriculum checklists below to evaluate their readiness for admission to secondary teacher education and Robert Noyce Teach Science Scholarship program:



About the Teach Science Noyce Scholarship
The School of Science, School of Education, and the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE) at IUPUI received a $750,000 Robert Noyce Scholarship Grant from the National Science Foundation to offer generous scholarship awards up to $25,000 each that pay for the last two years of the secondary science teacher education program.

Eligibility
A Noyce Scholar is a student in the School of Science who:

  • Is enrolled as a full-time student in the IUPUI School of Science, with an overall GPA of at least 2.9 of 4.0 and has successfully completed at least 60 credit hours that are required by the Biology Chemistry, Geology, or Physics Teaching degree programs
  • Has successfully applied for admission to the School of Education-Secondary Education Learning to Teach/Teaching to Learn (LTTL) Program. More information about LTTL can be found at http://education.iupui.edu/soe/programs/undergraduate/index.aspx.
  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Applicants from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.
  • Has passing scores on all parts of PRAXIS I.
  • Agrees to teach for two years in an urban or high-need school for every year of scholarship accepted. (Scholarship amounts will be repaid as a loan if the scholar fails to meet the service obligation.)

Important: In the state of Indiana, virtually all public schools qualify as "high need" and Noyce Scholars may teach at a high need school in any state of the U.S.

Benefits of becoming a Noyce Scholar at IUPUI

  • $12,500 scholarship awarded per calendar year for two years. Each year you receive three scholarship disbursements: $5,100 each in the Fall and Spring, and $2,300 in the Summer.
  • Free PRAXIS I and II exam review sessions.
  • During your two years as a Noyce Scholar, you will complete and earn a BA or BS degree from either Purdue University in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, or a BA degree in Geology from Indiana University.
  • Certification as a secondary education Science teacher.
  • Opportunity to teach science to adolescents in an urban or high need school, two years of teaching for each year of scholarship received.

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit the IUPUI Continuing Student Scholarships Application by the due dates. IUPUI Scholarship application can be downloaded from: http://www.iupui.edu/~scentral/continuing/majorspecific.html.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation: one from a Science professor and the other from an Education professor or an academic advisor.
  • Write an essay responding to the question: What experience(s) has motivated you to pursue a career teaching science in a high-need school?

Application Deadlines

  • March 15 for scholarships beginning the following FALL semester. Student must also make an application to the Secondary Teacher Education Program by February 7.
  • October 15 for scholarships beginning the following SPRING semester. Student must also make application to the Secondary Teacher Education Program by September 7.

How to Renew a Noyce Scholarship
Teach Science Noyce Scholarships can be awarded for the second year if the recipient continues in good standing with the schools of Science and Education and makes satisfactory progress in the program leading to obtaining a teacher certification for the secondary science education. Noyce Scholarship recipients must file a request for a renewal of the scholarship by April 1.