The Elon Noyce Scholars Program

The Elon University Noyce Scholars Program, a partnership between Elon University and the Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS), is recruiting, preparing and supporting during induction into the profession 18 undergraduate mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics majors as they become outstanding 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 academically promising high school students with financial need and/or no family history of attending college.

Two-year scholarships encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors to complete a 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.

The Elon Noyce Scholars Program is funded through National Science Foundation (NSF) Award ID 1136399.

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