The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.
In 2009, Arkansas State University received an NSF Noyce Scholarship grant of almost $1 million to provide ASU STEM majors with scholarships during the last two years of their BS training. Our NSF Noyce Scholarship program is entitled “C-STAF: Creating STEM Teachers for Arkansas’ Future.” We invite qualified ASU STEM majors who are sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply for a Noyce scholarship, and go on to teach science or mathematics at the junior high school or high school level.
As an additional component of ASU's C-STAF program, a summer workshop is provided for undergraduate students to introduce them to experiences in STEM education, and to provide examples of the integration of research and education. The goal of this workshop is to interest STEM BS/BA students in STEM teaching as a career, thereby increasing the pool of Noyce Scholarship applicants. Stipends are $450 for students successfully completing the workshop.