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    The goal of the Eastern Washington University Robert Noyce Scholarship program is to increase the number and quality of science and mathematics teachers by encouraging majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to become teachers. The progam is an EWU/Spokane Public School partnership and is funded by the National Science Foundation.  Twelve scholarships of up to $16,000 per year are available for STEM majors seeking to become teachers. Recipients must commit to serving two years as a mathematics or science teacher in a high-need school for each year of support.


    Application Procedures:

    1.    Complete Robert Noyce Scholarship application

    2.    Meet with the respective Math or Science advisor below to draft a class schedule to ensure completion of STEM major and teaching certification requirements:

    Science:  Heather McKean, 509.359.6512

    Mathematics:  Dr Keith Adolphson, 509. 359.6066

    3.    Submit the following to Dr Keith Adolphson, Project Director, Kingston 216:

    New Applicants:

    Continuing Scholars:

    4.   For finalists, successfully complete an interview with project staff. You will be contacted to schedule this appointment.

    Essay Guidelines:

    In a short essay (about 350 words), consider the following question:

    Robert Noyce, who is now considered the father of the integrated chip and the father of Silicon Valley, became interested in Science and Mathematics at an early age. Specifically, his interest in the mechanics of vacuum tubes was fostered by an inspirational physics teacher. Robert attributed his interest and success in designing the integrated chip to this teacher. Robert noted the love, passion, knowledge, and commitment this teacher had to teaching physics. Knowing that the spirit of the Robert Noyce scholarship is to support promising Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM) teachers in their efforts to pursue a successful career in STEM teaching:


    Scholarship review begins in February with finalist interviews beginning in mid-Febraury and notification to selected recipients by April. Those not selected will receive notice in mid-April.

    Selection Criteria

    1.        Academic merit

    2.        References (2 academic, 1 professional)

    3.        Consideration for financial need

    4.        Consideration for diversity

    5.        Interest and experiences that support teaching

    6.        Interest and experiences that support working with underserved and underrepresented populations

    7.        Mentor evaluations (for continuing scholars)

    Contact Information

    College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    138 Communications Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6244

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