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UT Arlington receives NSF grant, one of 20 in United States, to develop math and science teachers

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Monday, September 8, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $750,000 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant to The University of Texas at Arlington College of Education and College of Science to support the training of new teachers. The colleges will work with the Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth independent school districts on the five-year project, placing the teacher candidates in early field experiences with mentor teachers in the three districts.

The NSF funding will allow the project to offer two-year, $10,000 per year scholarships to selected undergraduate students seeking certification in Secondary Mathematics or Physical Science. In addition, the grant will allow for the support of post-baccalaureates seeking to switch careers and become secondary math or physical science teachers. These returning students are eligible to apply for a one-year, $10,000 scholarship. In exchange for the generous scholarship support, the newly certified math and physical science teachers will pledge to serve for at least two years in a high-need school for each year of scholarship support.

Project Principal Investigator Dr. Ann Cavallo, from the College of Education, is collaborating on the project with Co-Principal Investigators Drs. Greg Hale, assistant dean of science, Ramon Lopez, professor of physics, and James Epperson, associate professor of mathematics. The UT Arlington project team is one of only 20 in the country from a pool of more than 100 applicants to be awarded a grant under this program.

This NSF grant comes on the heels of a $150,000 grant awarded to Drs. Cavallo and Hale from the Greater Texas Foundation for the certification of new middle school math and science teachers.

“Together, these grants will help UT Arlington to take its nationally accredited, excellent math and science teacher preparation efforts to new heights,” said Dr. Hale.

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