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NJIT Gets $500,000 NSF Grant To Train Math, Science Teachers

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will lead the way for the next four years to train and place more effective science and math teachers in urban high schools in Newark and other high needs districts around the state.

“We’re sending into the neediest New Jersey high schools, 26 new teachers, who will make math and science come alive for their students,” said principal investigator (PI) Bruce Bukiet, PhD. Bukiet is associate professor in the department of mathematical sciences and associate dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts at NJIT. Bukiet’s leadership skills for this project are especially notable. The university recently honored him with an award for excellence in teaching.

“What makes this program exciting is how we combine the expertise of the partner organizations,” said Bukiet.  “Together these groups have much experience in bringing research into undergraduate education and teacher certification with an emphasis on urban education and professional development.”  In addition, Noyce scholars will have multiple interactions with, and perform student teaching in the Newark Public School system.” The NJIT partnership also includes Rutgers University-Newark and the Newark Museum.

The Robert Noyce Scholarship Program run by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide up to $500,000 of scholarship support to students participating in the program. Noyce (1928-1990), the founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, was known as the "Mayor of Silicon Valley." He was one of the earliest scientists to work there. Noyce is credited with inventing the integrated chip, one of the stepping stones along the way to the microprocessors in today's computers.

NJIT student teachers will receive scholarships of $9600 each year for up to two years.  While still in the program these students will participate in year-long professional development programs. Later, once the students earn teacher certification, programs will be put in place to retain them as teachers in high needs school districts. Noyce Scholars will earn both a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or science as well as a teaching certification.

Majors at NJIT eligible for the program are biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics and physics. The bachelor’s degree may be earned at either NJIT or Rutgers-Newark, while teaching certification will be earned through the department of urban education at Rutgers-Newark. Student teaching will take place in the Newark Public Schools. Thus, the program will train individuals who will have the requisite teaching knowledge and subject knowledge and an appreciation for research in their chosen field to become effective teachers.

For each year a student receives the scholarship, he/she must give two years of service in a high-needs school district. Successful students will be guaranteed jobs in the Newark Public School (NPS) system, where NPS’s top teachers will serve as mentors to them. (Various support activities and evaluation activities will also take place through the grant.) Participating students will receive grants up to $9600 annually for two years.

For more information about the program, email Bukiet at Bukiet@m.njit.edu.

The Noyce Scholarship Program, authorized under the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-368), responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by encouraging talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students and professionals in those fields 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 for these majors and professionals to enter and complete teacher credentialing programs. For more information about the program, visit NSF at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06528/nsf06528.htm#pgm_intr_txt.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.