Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. The program provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Scholarship and stipend recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need school districts.
In 2017, Miami University was awarded by the NSF Robert Noyce Program to provide $15,000 tuition support to the undergraduate and $20,000 tuition support to graduate Noyce scholars. As part of the MU-Noyce Program, Noyce scholars will be engaged in the immersion activities offered by Miami’s Urban Cohort in the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) community in Cincinnati as they complete their degree in integrated mathematics education or science education program. MU-Noyce scholars will complete their student teaching experiences in the high needs schools serving these communities as well.
Noyce scholars make the commitment that after completing their program at Miami University they will teach science or mathematics in a high needs school for two to four years. MU-Noyce scholars who successfully completed the program will receive "Fostering Just Communities Certificate" from Urban Cohort and "Certificate of Completion" from MU-Noyce program.