"If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child - become a teacher. Your country needs you."
The annual Noyce Conference will be held in Washington DC at the end of May. PhysTEC Noyce staff Jacob Clark Blickenstaff and Renee Michelle Goertzen will attend and present a poster on the recent activities of the project. More information about the conference is available at http://nsfnoyce.org/meetings/.
Now entering its fifth year of funding, the PhysTEC Noyce program awarded four students from three PhysTEC sites to receive scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Of these, one is a returning scholar, and three are new applicants. Scholarships are available to future physics teachers at any of the six PhysTEC Noyce sites: Ball State University, Cornell University, Seattle Pacific University, the University of Arkansas, the University of North Carolina, and Western Michigan University. Scholarship awards of up to $15,000 per year is provided and scholars are eligible to apply for up to two years of support.
Scholar Brittany Johnson presented a poster at the 2012 AAPT Winter Meeting in Ontario, CA on her research during the 2011 Noyce REU in Physics Education Research (PER) at the University of Washington. The PhysTEC Noyce program funded Brittany to attend the REU where she conducted an analysis of introductory physics students' understanding of statics principles.
Through her experience as a Seattle Pacific University Learning Assistant (LA), Heidi Rowles was inspired to change her path and pursue teaching over a medical career. Heidi was recently awarded "Outstanding Student Presenter" by the Society of Physics Students for her presentation at the AAPT winter meeting in Jacksonville, FL where she presented at a session showcasing LAs from around the country. Funding was provided through a SERVE grant awarded to Ms. Rowles, Michael Wilcockson and Professor Hunter Close.
If you’re looking for an exciting and challenging career where you can really make a difference, consider becoming a physics teacher. Physics teachers expose young minds to the wonders of nature and touch hundreds of young lives every year. Unfortunately, millions of children around the country don’t get to learn physics from a highly qualified teacher. Now, you can be that teacher. The PhysTEC Noyce Scholarship program can help.
PhysTEC Noyce Scholarships are available to future physics teachers at any of the six PhysTEC Noyce sites: Ball State University, Cornell University, Seattle Pacific University, the University of Arkansas, the University of North Carolina, and Western Michigan University. Scholarship support of up to $15,000 per year is available to junior and senior undergraduates, and post-baccalaureate students pursuing teaching certification, for up to two years per student. For each year of scholarship support, recipients commit to teach for two years in a “high need” school after graduation.
For more information about the scholarship, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.