- Year 2017
- NSF Noyce Award # 1240040
- First Name Stephanie
- Last Name Salomone
- Discipline Math
Tisha Morrell, University of Portland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Jones, University of Portland, email@example.com
Tim Doughty, University of Portland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacquie vanHoomison, University of Portland, email@example.com
Stephanie Salomone, University of Portland, firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of this study is to examine the first three years of the UP Noyce Program to determine:
a) why do interns apply for the summer program, and what do the students feel they learned about teaching from their participation in the program;
b) what are the demographics of those students who receive either the Noyce Scholar or Noyce Internship funds;
c) what role does the Noyce Scholarship play in encouraging undergraduate STEM majors, those with an undergraduate degree in a STEM field, and STEM career professionals to consider teaching as a career possibility and then act on that consideration.
We seek to find out the effectiveness of the Noyce program in recruiting and retaining teachers in STEM fields who will teach in high-needs schools.
Interns were surveyed both prior to and following their summer experience and participated in focus group interviews at the conclusion of their internship. Scholars were interviewed during the latter portion of their program of study. These surveys and interviews were administered and conducted by an external evaluator. The responses to the interviews and demographic questions were re- viewed and collated by the authors.
Conclusions and Implications
* funding positively influenced STEM majors to consider teaching and moved some to switch their professional aspirations.
* attracted more female than male teacher candidates
* drew from a variety of STEM majors (our grant had a planned emphasis on
mathematics and engineering)
* face book posts, website listings, flyers, and word of mouth work for
attracting interns and undergraduate scholars but are less effective at reaching
* Scholars find the different Noyce conferences they attend both as students and early career teachers very beneficial
This work has been presented at conferences and a paper has been submitted.