Noyce Scholarship Program Celebrates 20 Years

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022

The National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is celebrating 20 years.

The program is one of the College of Education's most prestigious funding options for future STEM teachers at the post-baccalaureate level and provides a stipend of up to $10,000 to help STEM teacher certification candidates pay for school at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Cavallo2Dr. Ann Cavallo, assistant vice provost at UTA and program director for the Noyce grant for the college, was featured in an NSF video celebrating the program's 20-year history. The recording was shown at the Annual AAAS/NSF Noyce Summit in Washington, DC this summer in the large banquet hall during the conference with 800 or so faculty members, researchers, NSF program officers, AAAS leaders, and Noyce Scholars from universities across the U.S.

"I hope that we can continue to help teachers who can unleash the potential of so many of the students in our schools who really just need that teacher [who] would make it a point to speak to students one-to-one basis [and say,] 'Hey, you answered this problem amazingly well. Have you thought about being an engineer? Have you ever thought about being a scientist?'" said Cavallo in the video.

Throughout her academic career, Cavallo has received numerous Noyce-related research accolades. Among those, she has been awarded as the principal investigator with four NSF Noyce grants totaling more than $5 million over a period of 14 years at UTA. Another $3 millions been awarded via scholarships, internships, and other forms of support to nearly 200 UTA students. Over 85 percent of these graduates still teach in high-need, economically disadvantaged school districts.