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.
For those who want to see if teaching is a career option they want to pursue, the program also supports paid early teaching experiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Steve Robinson
Department of Physics
TTU-SMaRT Project Director
Bruner Hall, Room 227