SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train math and science teachers in the so-called STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – fields.
Awarded through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, the NSF grant was given to URI’s School of Education in the College of Human Science and Services, as well as to the College of Arts and Sciences.
Over the next five years, the grant will help recruit undergraduate STEM majors and STEM professionals who might not have considered a career teaching in kindergarten through grade 12. Specifically, scholarship money will support 20 undergraduate STEM majors at URI and five STEM professionals, such as chemists or engineers, who want to obtain their master’s degrees in education.
During their first three years of teaching, these new Noyce scholars/teachers will receive regular mentoring and professional support from URI professors in the School of Education.
These scholarship recipients will eventually teach elementary, middle and high school students in specific districts in Rhode Island and throughout the U.S. The districts in the state will be Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket.