ARLINGTON - The National Science Foundation
has awarded a $1.45 million Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant to
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Education and Health Professions
and College of Science to support the education and certification of new
science and math teachers.
The colleges will work with the
Arlington, Dallas, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Fort Worth school districts on the
five-year project, placing the teacher candidates in early field experiences
with mentor teachers in the four districts.
The new grant comes on the heels
of a previously funded NSF Robert Noyce Grant to UT Arlington for $900,000. Together,
the two NSF grants offer two-year, $10,000 annual scholarships to selected
undergraduate students seeking teacher certification in middle school
science/mathematics and in high school earth science, biology, chemistry and
In addition, the grant will support post-baccalaureate students seeking to switch careers and become
secondary math or 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
Professor Ann Cavallo, associate
dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, is the principal
investigator on both Robert Noyce grants. She is collaborating on the new NSF grant
with co-principal investigators Greg Hale, assistant dean of science, Ramon
Lopez, professor of physics, Theresa Jorgensen, assistant professor of
mathematics, and Laura Mydlarz, assistant professor of biology. Hale, Lopez and James Epperson, associate professor of mathematics, were co-investigators on
the previous grant.
The new NSF funding complements an ongoing $700,000 grant from the
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Math Science Technology Teacher
Preparation Academy program and the UTeach Arlington
program. UTeach Arlington is sponsored by $1.4 million from the National Science
and Mathematics Initiative that was awarded to Hale, Cavallo and Lopez.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.