P238: Noyce Scholars Program at Truman State University
Truman State University was founded as a teachers college and boasts the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) as a signature program, but it produces relatively few STEM teachers. Motivated by depressing national statistics, the author, who was the chair of Truman’s Physics Department in 2010, began to seek external support to attract Truman physics students into teaching careers. After two failed proposals, we were successful this year, receiving a Noyce Phase I grant to provide substantial scholarship support for 20 students over five years to become dually certified secondary mathematics and physics teachers. Many lessons were learned along the way in developing a successful proposal, and we regularly meet unanticipated challenges as we work to implement the grant. Forging partnerships, both internal and external, has been a key part of our recent success, and having a dedicated leadership team who work well together has been important. For those considering a Noyce grant proposal, some details of NSF’s Noyce program and our experiences with it will be reviewed. The author gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the NSF (DUE-1340082) for this project.