TTU-SMaRT & Noyce: $1.1 Million National Science Foundation Grant
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program / NSF Award Number: 1136403
What's In It For You?
Want to receive up to 42,000 of support while working on your STEM-related degree with the TTU SMaRT scholarship program?
- Earn up to $2,000 while learning if a career in teaching is right for you.
- Receive scholarship support of $12,250 per year for up to three years while completing your degree and obtaining a teaching license.
- Earn up to $3,600 with an internship at TTU’s Millard Oakley STEM Center.This new opportunity is a Noyce scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation. It supports paid internships and 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 Include:
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
Program Details / Requirements / Applications
About the National Science Foundation & the Noyce Scholarship
The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program supports talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors who want to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.
The program funds institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-need, K-12 school districts.
Click the link below to access the Noyce Scholarship section of the National Science Foundation's website.
Contacts for TTU-SMaRT Program
Dr. Steve Robinson
Department of Physics
TTU-SMaRT Project Director
Bruner Hall, Room 227
Dr. Holly Anthony
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
TTU-SMaRT Project Director
Bartoo Hall, Room 205
General Info | Early Teaching Experience | Noyce Scholarships | Summer Internships
FAQ: General Information
What is the purpose of the program?
TTU SMaRT is a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program funded by the National Science Foundation, with the goal of recruiting individuals with strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) backgrounds into secondary teaching careers.
What are the eligible majors?
- Students majoring in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering are all eligible to apply for the TTU-SMaRT program. (Students majoring in other technical fields may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Secondary Education majors are not eligible.)
How does the program work?
The TTU-SMaRT Program has four components:
- Paid early teaching experiences for students to see if teaching is a career option they would like to pursue. Students can earn up to $2,000 while participating in this experience.
- A scholarship program to support students for up to three years while they finish an eligible STEM degree and also obtain a Tennessee teaching license. (Can include one year of post-bac. support.)
- Paid summer internship at the Millard Oakley STEM Center, for scholarship recipients to hone their teaching expertise.
- An in-service mentoring program to support new teachers during their first year in the classroom.
How do I get my degree?
You carry on as normal, following the prescribed program of study for your major. When you have completed this program you will graduate with a degree in your eligible discipline. If your program has some elective hours you may be able to use these to fulfill some of the requirements for teaching licensure. Some of the courses you take as part of you major program of study may also count toward these requirements. TTU-SMaRT program advisors will work closely with you to take maximum advantage of such opportunities.
How do I get a teaching license?
- By fulfilling the requirements of the teacher education program at TTU, who then recommend you for licensure by the State. You may be able to fulfill some of these requirements while still an undergraduate. The rest will be completed in a one-year post-bac program. Thus we would expect you to attain licensure one year after graduating with your STEM degree. TTU-SMaRT program advisors will work with you throughout in order to keep you on track. (Depending on how many hours you earn as a graduate student you may be very close to earning a Master’s degree by the end of the program.)
In what licensure areas would program completers be eligible to teach?
- TTU-SMaRT program completers will be eligible to attain a Tennessee Teaching License (grades 7-12) in one of the following areas: Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics. Teachers in these disciplines are in high demand and so employment prospects are excellent.
What if I am already a graduate student?
- If you are already in graduate school, but not already working on teaching licensure, then you can receive a scholarship for one year while you work on getting licensure. If you also participate in an Early Teaching Experience and an Internship it may be possible to receive support for one academic year and two summers.
What if I am already a senior about to graduate?
- If you are getting ready to graduate with your bachelor's degree soon, the same conditions will apply to you as to current graduate students. You can receive a scholarship for one year while you work on getting licensure. If you also participate in an Early Teaching Experience and an Internship it may be possible to receive support for one academic year and two summers.
What if I am a part-time student?
- Early Teaching Experiences and scholarship support can be pro-rated as long as you are also working toward licensure in some way. The teaching commitment would correspond to the equivalent number of full-time years of support you receive. For example if you were supported at a half-time level for two-years, this would count as one year of scholarship support, and commit you to two tears of teaching.
FAQ: Early Teaching Experience
What is the purpose of the early teaching experience?
- The early teaching experience is a chance for eligible majors to spend time in a variety of instructional settings, to see if teaching is a career path they might like to pursue.
Who is eligible for the early teaching experience?
Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled at TTU and have are in good standing as a major in one of the eligible disciplines, and must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in their major courses to date. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. Typically you would participate in these experiences in either your sophomore or junior year.
How much will I work and how much will I be paid?
The early teaching experience will pay $10 per hour for up to 200 hours, for a maximum total of $2,000.
How is the experience structured?
- Many different activities can count toward the early teaching experience. On the TTU campus such activities as being an official tutor in the library commons or being a lab TA in a university science class will qualify. However, at least 60% of the activity must involve interacting with middle or high school students in an instructional setting. Many opportunities for such interaction are available through the programs operated by the Millard Oakley STEM Center. Students may also be able to fulfill some of the requirement working with programs in our partner school districts. TTU-SMaRT program staff will work with students to coordinate their different contributing activities.
If I take part in the early teaching experience, am I committed to becoming a teacher?
- No. The early teaching experience is an opportunity for eligible students to spend time working with school-age children, and others, to see if teaching is something you wish to pursue. If, after this experience, you decide teaching is not for you, then you need not participate in the program any further.
Must I take part in the early teaching experience to be eligible for a scholarship?
No, it is really intended for students who are not yet sure if teaching is for them. If you are already sure of your commitment to teaching you do not need to take part in the early teaching experience; just go right ahead and apply for a scholarship.
How can I apply for the early teaching experience?
- Complete the application on the TTU-SMaRT website. Note that you will be required to submit a short essay on why you want to pursue this opportunity. You might want to prepare this before starting the application process. Deadlines for applications are April 15th (to start in Summer), July 15th (to start in Fall), and November 15th (to start in Spring) each year.
FAQ: Noyce Scholarships
Who is Robert Noyce?
- Robert Noyce (1927-1990) was a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor (1957) and Intel (1968). He invented the integrated circuit or silicon microchip, which revolutionized the computer industry and gave Silicon Valley its name.
Who is eligible for a scholarship?
- Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled at TTU and in good standing. They must have been enrolled in one of the eligible majors for at least one year, have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in the major, and have a minimum 2.75 GPA in their major courses to date. (Recent graduates are also welcome to apply, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) Scholarship offers made to rising juniors will be contingent on satisfactory completion of their sophomore year. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
What are the academic requirements?
- Scholarship recipients must maintain progress toward their eligible degree while working towards a Tennessee teaching license in secondary mathematics, physics, or chemistry. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or above in their content area courses. After graduation, a student is eligible for one extra year of support if they are completing the requirements for licensure in a post-bac program.
What is the amount of the Noyce scholarship?
- TTU students are eligible for up to three years of scholarship at $12,250 per year. One year of this support can be used after graduation while fulfilling additional requirements to obtain teaching licensure.
What commitments must scholarship recipients make?
- Award recipients must commit to two (2) years of teaching in a “high needs” school district for each year of scholarship accepted, within eight  years of receiving licensure. If a scholarship recipient fails to complete this obligation, he or she must repay all funds granted during the program. Recipients must also agree to participate in assessments, seminars, and required meetings during the length of the scholarship and during their first year of teaching employment.
What if I don't want/need to take the full scholarship amount?
- If you are a full-time student but choose not to accept full scholarship support for any reason (eg, other support is available) this does NOT pro-rate the number of years of support you can receive or your teaching commitment. For example, if you only take $5,000 of Noyce support for a year, due to other scholarships offered, this still counts as one year of support and commits you to 2 years of teaching.
What is a high-needs district?
- The National Science Foundation defines "high-needs" school districts on the basis of the following criteria: 1) student participation in free or reduced priced lunch programs, 2) level of teacher preparation, and 3) teacher attrition rates. To be identified as a "high needs" school, the school must meet at least one of these criteria.
How will this affect my financial aid package?
The total of a student’s scholarship and financial aid support cannot exceed the yearly cost of attendance at TTU, currently (2012) estimated at $22,000. If the total of support offered from different sources exceeds this amount, awards may be reduced to comply with this condition.
What is the application process?
- Complete the application on the TTU-SMaRT website (www.tntech.edu/noyce/). You will be required to submit a short essay on why you want to pursue this opportunity, and also submit the names of three references who can attest to your aptitude for teaching. In addition, all applicants will be interviewed by the selection committee. Deadlines for scholarship applications are March 1st (to start in Fall) and October 1st (to start in Spring) each year.
FAQ: Summer Internships
Must I be a Noyce scholarship recipient to apply for an internship?
Yes, internships are available for scholarship recipients only.
If I am receiving a Noyce scholarship must I complete an internship?
- Yes, the internship is regarded as part of your training program and may count toward your requirements for teaching licensure.
What does the summer internship involve?
- You would work with some of the various summer programs offered by the TTU STEM Center, taking on an expanded instructional role in cooperation with mentoring faculty and STEM Center staff. You would also meet regularly with TTU-SMaRT program staff to discuss theoretical and practical issues in teaching and learning, and have opportunities to put them into practice.
When would I participate in an internship?
- Typically this would be during the summer between your first two years of scholarship support. For most this would be between their junior and senior years.
What is the pay during the internship?
You would receive a stipend of $3,600.
Can I take summer classes during the internship?
- Yes, providing you fulfill all the internship work requirements. Some of your work with the STEM Center may also qualify for course credit.