act! students interested in STEM careers receive stipends from national scholarship program
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Five students in the Alternative Careers in Teaching (act!) program have received a total of $65,000 in stipends from this year’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grants funded by the National Science Foundation. act! is a partnership program led by UWFox and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for the preparation of math and science teachers throughout Wisconsin.
The Noyce program was created to respond to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. Scholarship and stipend recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support.
This year’s group of recipients held majors in biology, medical technology, math, physics, chemical engineering and veterinary medicine – two hold their Ph.D degree and one has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
“Everyone who joins the act! program has the passion to teach students, to engage their interest and improve the ranks of science and math teachers, else we would not be leaving the careers that we have spent years building and in which we enjoyed working,” said 2014 recipient Roberta Naujok.
Other 2014 recipients include John Palkovic, Mark Hiebert and Tara Chesebro. To date the Noyce grants have supported 54 current and former act! students with stipends and professional development funding totaling more than $750,000.