IQ STEM: Increasing Quality STEM
Secondary Educators in Western Pennsylvania


National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Program Overview


The focus of the IQ STEM grant is to use experiential learning and increased practicum experiences to improve the quality of secondary STEM educators. A goal of the Noyce program is to recruit individuals with strong STEM backgrounds who might otherwise not have considered a career in K-12 teaching. Ideal candidates demonstrate academic leadership characteristics as well as a desire to increase their knowledge of mathematics, science, and/or education.

 

Selection Process


Prospective Noyce Scholars must complete an application, which includes: (a) three recommendations, (b) an essay, (c) transcripts indicating minimum GPA of 3.0. Strong applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee.

 

Program Requirements


  1. For each year of support, Noyce Scholars will be committed to two years of teaching in an area of high need.
  2. Students must be enrolled as a major in a STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) discipline.
  3. Students do not need to be currently enrolled as secondary education minors to apply but must begin the required coursework and add the minor once selected for the program.
  4. Students must engage in a pedagogical research project during their junior and senior year.

 

Benefits of the IQ:STEM Program


  1. $15,000.00 grant for tuition, room, and board during their junior and senior year. NOTE: acceptance of this scholarship may impact your overall financial aid package; contact the finical aid office with specific questions.
  2. Stipends to attend a conference in the area of discipline: (a) $1500.00 to attend a conference in the Noyce Scholars junior year and (b) $1500.00 to present at a conference in the Noyce Scholars senior year.
  3. Stipend to cover the cost of certification tests and application fees for teacher certification (up to $500)
  4. Stipend to assist with a Teachers Workshop in the summer ($ 2000)

 

Application Submission


Applications are Due OCTOBER 1st 2014 at 5PM

Completed applications may be emailed to:

iqstem@westminster.edu

OR hand delivered/mailed to:

Noyce Scholarship Committee, c/o Karen Resendes
Box 128
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA 16172

Contact Dr. Resendes at 724-946-7211 resendkk@westminster.edu if you have questions regarding your application.

Additional Details


Further information regarding the IQ:STEM program, including application materials, details on scholar benefits and upcoming events can be found on My Westminster.