The Elon Noyce Scholars Program

Now accepting summer internship applications.

The Elon University Noyce Scholars Program, a partnership between Elon University and the Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS), is recruiting, preparing and supporting during their initial teaching 18 undergraduate mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics majors as they become secondary-level teachers. Their recruitment begins with paid, education-related internships for 50 first- or second-year students (10 students per year). Among many valuable experiences, some participants serve as teaching assistants for Elon Academy, a college-access program for students with financial need and/or no family history of attending college.

Two-year scholarships encourage talented Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) majors to complete Elon's Teacher Education program to earn licensure (grades 9-12) in addition to their bachelor's degree in mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics. Three cohorts (6 students per year) receive a $21,900 scholarship during both their junior and senior years. Scholars benefit from Elon's close relationship with the Alamance-Burlington School System through field placements with excellent STEM teachers. Field experiences in high-need high schools prepare them to fulfill their teaching obligations. Their program is supplemented with special experiences, including documented extra mentoring by university and secondary-school educators, opportunities for research fellowships and international trips, stipends for classroom materials, and stipends to attend professional conferences and to join professional STEM education organizations.

As Elon Noyce Scholars are meeting their obligation to teach for four years in a high-need school district, they are supported through their induction into the teaching profession program. During this time they receive mentoring from secondary-school and Elon faculty, as well as receive financial support for professional development activities and the purchase of classroom materials. The Principal Investigator and two Co-Principal Investigators administer the program, supported by an Advisory Board that includes STEM professors and secondary-school teachers, a Teacher Education professor, a university administrator, a STEM educator from a local community college, and an Elon STEM student.

The Elon Noyce Program attempts the novel integration of recruitment, preparation, and induction support with the intent to increase the quantity, quality, and longevity of Elon graduates as secondary mathematics and science teachers. It also aims to answer such research questions as:

  • What recruitment strategies are most effective in attracting students to STEM education?
  • What elements of Elon's teacher preparation programs do Scholars find most beneficial?
  • How do Scholars compare with other new STEM teachers? How does the program affect teacher and K-12 student outcomes?

Answers to these and other questions are informing the future of STEM teacher recruitment, preparation, and induction support nationally.

Current Noyce Scholars and recent Interns with Dr. Carpenter.

About the Noyce Program

This video features two Noyce Scholars and a Noyce Program Coordinator who will introduce you to the benefits of the national Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, of which the Elon Noyce Scholars Program is a part.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The Noyce Scholarship Track provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who earn a teaching credential and commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Teaching Fellowship/Master Teaching Fellowship Track supports STEM professionals who enroll as NSF Teaching Fellows in master's degree programs leading to teacher certification by providing academic courses, professional development and salary supplements while they are fulfilling a four-year teaching commitment in a high need school district. This track also supports the development of NSF Master Teaching Fellows by providing professional development and salary supplements for exemplary mathematics and science teachers to become Master Teachers in high need school districts. Each track supports Capacity Building Projects to develop the capacity for institutions to provide innovative teacher preparation programs to enable increasing numbers of STEM majors and STEM professionals to become effective K-12 mathematics and science teachers and to develop the capacity to prepare master science and mathematics teachers.