Meeting the K-12 Mathematics Educational
Needs of Southeastern Colorado
The goal of the CSU-Pueblo Noyce Scholars Program is to strengthen 7-12 mathematics achievement throughout the region of southeastern Colorado by providing incentives and support which will attract undergraduates and post-baccalaureate professionals to the teaching profession, provide them with the strong content and pedagogical training required to teach in high-need schools, and retain them within the teaching profession beyond their obligatory service period.
The program is a collaboration of faculty in the Department of Mathematics & Physics and Teacher Education at the University, faculty at four area community colleges, two local school districts, and five community partners.
Funding for the program comes from a five-year, $1.26 million grant awarded to the University by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
Through this national program, NSF seeks to address an existing shortage of fully credentialed K-12 mathematics teachers by encouraging talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to enter the teaching profession.
At CSU-Pueblo, the Noyce Scholars Program will provide significant scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate mathematics majors who earn a full teaching credential at CSU-Pueblo and commit to teaching in a high-need K-12 school district.
As a condition of accepting this grant from the NSF, the University has agreed to fulfill the following responsibilities:
- Assuring that all selected Noyce recipients meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens.
- Must be majoring or degreed in mathematics, engineering, or a science discipline.
- Monitoring compliance of scholarships and stipend recipients with respect to the service requirement of teaching two years in a high-need school district for each year of Noyce support, and collecting repayment of awards (with interest) from recipients who do not fulfill this service obligation.
- Collecting demographic data and statistics on scholarship and stipend recipients as part of the annual report.
These stipulations are reflected in the scholarship selection criteria and application form, as described in the following FAQs: