Noyce Scholarship Program Details

TTU-SMaRT is a Noyce scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation. It supports up to three years of generous scholarships for Math, Science, and Engineering majors while they complete their degree and also obtain licensure to teach high-school Math, Physics, or Chemistry.

Eligible Majors:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science

For those who want to see if teaching is a career option they want to pursue, the program also supports paid early teaching experiences.

1. Early Teaching Experience – to see if teaching is for you

Successful applicants can earn up to $2,000 while they gain approximately 200 hours of experience in a variety of settings involving different aspects of teaching. Much of this can be done through outreach programs offered by the TTU STEM Center, but other opportunities are also available. At least 120 hours of this experience will be with K-12 students. Participation in an Early Teaching Experience does not commit you to  further participation in the program, not is it a pre-requisite for a scholarship application.

2. Noyce Scholarship – to support you while you study

Recipients can receive scholarship support of up to $12,250 per year for up to three years (of which one can be post-baccalaureate) while they both complete their STEM degree and work toward obtaining teaching licensure in Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry. In most cases this licensure will be obtained after a one-year post-baccalaureate program of study combined with teaching residency. TTU-SMaRT program staff will advise individual Noyce scholars to determine a program of study that is most appropriate.

3. Teaching Internship – to enhance your teaching skills

Scholarship recipients will also complete a paid internship experience at the TTU STEM Center. During this internship Noyce scholars will be paid up to $3,600 while they enhance their teaching skills by taking a more prominent role in various STEM Center outreach programs. Interns will collaborate with STEM Center staff, TTU faculty, and experienced K-12 teachers in designing, implementing, and co-leading workshops and other learning opportunities for K-12 students and the general public. At the same time they will work with the Noyce program staff to examine theoretical and practical aspects of teaching in the STEM disciplines.

4. Induction Year support – to help your transition to professional teaching

The program will work with partner counties to help newly-licensed Noyce graduates find a suitable placement for their first year of full-time teaching. During this first year, Noyce graduates will also be supported to return to TTU for dedicated professional development, become members in appropriate professional organizations, and travel to professional meetings.


Applicants for the Early Teaching Experience and Noyce Scholarships are required to:

  • Have been enrolled in an eligible major program for at least a year with a GPA of at least 2.75 in courses taken in the major.
  • Submit a short essay on why they wish to pursue this opportunity.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants for Noyce Scholarship support should also have:

  • Completed at least 12 hours in their major discipline.
  • Supply the names of three references who can attest to their aptitude for teaching.

Applicant Selection

  • Selection of successful applications will be made by a committee consisting of the program staff and other faculty. Consideration will be given to increasing the participation of minorities, persons with disabilities and underrepresented genders with respect to the targeted teaching areas. Scholarship offers made to rising juniors will be contingent on successful completion of their sophomore year.
  • Before participating in the post-baccalaureate teaching residency, Noyce scholars must pass the PRAXIS II test in their content area. To facilitate this requirement, it may be recommended that scholars complete additional courses in the content area during their undergraduate program of study.

Teaching Commitment

  • For each year of Noyce scholarship support the recipient must commit to two years of teaching in a high needs school. If this commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship reverts to a loan that must be repaid.

Additional Endorsements

  • Once a scholar is certified to teach in one content area, licensure in another content area can be obtained by passing the appropriate PRAXIS II test (and upon recommendation by TTU).

Master’s Degree

  • Depending on how many credits are earned in the post-bac program, Noyce completers may obtain, or be close to obtaining, a Master’s degree in education.


Noyce Early Teaching Experience Application
Click the PDF below to download and print form.

Noyce Scholarship Application
Click the PDF link below to download and print form.


Submit Applications to Dr. Steve Robinson
Via TTU campus mail, hand delivery to Physics Dept., or scan and email.

Dr. Steve Robinson
Department of Physics
TTU-SMaRT Project Director
Bruner Hall, Room 227
Phone: 931-372-3483
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