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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh received a second federal National Science Foundation grant to help prepare highly qualified and much-needed science and math teachers for the region. A grant of $899,968 from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program will provide stipends to individuals enrolled in the College of Education and Human Services’ Alternative Careers in Teaching program (ACT!). A similar NSF grant in the amount of $599,817 was awarded to UW Oshkosh last year.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program encourages talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to become K-12 mathematics or science teachers. This program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarship stipends and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-need school districts.

The second Noyce grant will provide stipends of $10,000 for 75 highly qualified students enrolled in the Alternative Careers in Teaching program (act!). Another 50 students will receive stipend through the first Noyce grant, bringing the total number of students who will receive the stipends to 125. Noyce stipends can be used for any academic or personal expenses during the time a student is enrolled in the ACT! program. Applicants for a Noyce stipend must hold an advanced degree STEM fields supported by the National Science Foundation and meet additional academic requirements.

Act! is an alternative teacher preparation program between UW Oshkosh and eight UW Colleges. For information on the ACT! program see: www.uwfox.uwc.edu/academics/act2teach.

UW Oshkosh professor of education Michael Beeth is the principal investigator for the project. Tammy Ladwig and Dubear Kroening from UW-Fox Valley are co-principal investigators and UW Oshkosh Director of Sustainability Michael Lizotte will serve as the evaluator.

Questions regarding eligibility for an ACT!/Noyce Teacher Scholarship stipend should be directed to Michael Beeth, excel@uwosh.edu, (920) 424-3330.

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