The Robert Noyce Scholarship

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The Robert Noyce Scholarship

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, eligible UTeach Natural Sciences students may apply for scholarships up to $13,000 per year. In addition to Noyce funding, recipients will have the opportunity to participate in the program’s exploration of “Maker” education specifically related to secondary education and teacher preparation. According to Education Week, the term Maker “generally refers to using a wide variety of hands-on activities (such as building, computer programming, and sewing) to support academic learning and the development of a mindset that values playfulness and experimentation, growth and iteration, and collaboration and community.”

The application for the Spring 2018 semester is now open. DEADLINE: February 12, 2018. Incoming degree-holders are considered for the Noyce using their application to UTeach.

Interested in applying to UTeach? Learn more about the application process for degree holders.

How to Apply

Current UTeach Students
The Spring 2018 Noyce Scholarship application is submitted through the Qualtrics system. The deadline is February 12, 2018.

In addition to the standard information, such as UT EID, email address, etc., applicants should prepare the following information in advance:

  • current cumulative UT GPA
  • brief description of financial need
  • list of anticipated financial contributions from financial aid, awards, fellowships, etc.
  • the name of 1 faculty member you will ask for a reference. The reference must come from a UTeach course, with a strong preference for a field course (UTS101, UTS110, EDC365D, EDC365E)
  • 2 essays, between 500-750 words on the prompts below. Essays must be uploaded as PDFs.

Essay Prompts:
1. What knowledge do you think is important for teaching and how will the UTeach program help you attain this knowledge?

2. The Maker movement brings people together to design and create physical artifacts. It promotes creativity and learning through technology and old-fashioned tinkering. UTeach is exploring the introduction of Making into secondary education and teacher preparation. Describe the strengths and limitations of Making as a part of STEM learning.

The following article is a helpful discussion of the Maker movement and includes links to further reading: “The Maker Movement in K-12 Education: A Guide to Emerging Research,” Benjamin Herold.

Prospective Degree-Holders:
Degree-holders admitted to the UTeach Natural Sciences program will also be considered for Noyce funding, using their application to the UTeach program. 

Distribution:
Before funds can be distributed, all recipients must sign documentation that they understand the terms of the funding: service obligation or repayment. See details below.

Teaching Obligation

Noyce funding comes in the form of a forgivable loan. For each semester of funding received, recipients agree to complete 2 semesters of service as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency. Recipients are not required to teach in Texas.

A high-need local educational agency is defined as an agency (for example, a school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following:

  • a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
  • a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; or
  • a high teacher turnover rate

Because populations fluctuate, there is no comprehensive, up-to-date list of high-need districts available. In general, school districts serving areas such as Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Manor, etc. meet the requirement; however, a number of smaller, rural areas do as well.

Time Frame for Completion

  • Undergraduates must fulfill the service requirement within 8 years after completion of the UTeach Natural Sciences program.
  • Degree-holders must fulfill the service requirement within 4 years after completion of the UTeach Natural Sciences program.

Recipients also agree to:

  • respond to survey requests
  • maintain contact so that the UTeach program is able to document the fulfillment of the teaching service obligation as required by the National Science Foundation

Funding reverts to a loan that must be repaid if the recipient:

  • fails to maintain the required level of academic standing (3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 cumulative UTeach GPA)
  • is dismissed from the program or institution for disciplinary reasons
  • withdraws from the program before the completion
  • declares the intent not to meet the service obligation
  • fails to fulfill the teaching service commitment

If any of these circumstances arise before the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the total amount of the funds received must be repaid. If the circumstance arises after the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the amount to be repaid is:

  • Undergraduates - a proportion of the total scholarship awards received, prorated appropriately to reflect partial service completed
  • Degree-holders - one half of the total amount of the awards received

Who was Robert Noyce?

Robert Noyce (1927-1990), one of the two co-founders of Intel, is considered the father of the semiconductor industry. A man devoted to innovation and to education, Noyce stressed the importance of education and of preparing the next generation to thrive in a high-tech world. For this, of course, highly-qualified STEM educators, passionate about their subjects, are absolutely necessary. The Robert Noyce Scholarship through the National Science Foundation is an important part of Noyce’s determination to put his fortune to good use.

Noyce himself was, without the label, the embodiment of what has become a Maker mentality. Among his early accomplishments, according to his biography, were:

  • building a radio from scratch
  • motorizing his sled “by welding a propeller and an engine” from an old washing machine on the back
  • wiring a “car headlight to a battery he found at the dump” as a hand warmer on cold winter mornings as he rode his paper route
  • at 13, building a box kite, strapping himself to the kite and the kite to the bumper of a neighbor’s car

He also embodied what can happen in the absence of an outlet for the urge to tinker, to build, to make:

  • “He spent much of the first semester of high school physics dismantling and rebuilding a watch under his desk during lectures,” using a jeweler’s loupe whenever the teacher wasn’t looking. Despite the inattention, he “aced every test.”

(Noyce’s biography, The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley, by Leslie Berlin, is an electronic resource through the PCL.)

UTeach Maker Endorsement

In the same spirit of audacious experimentation and play exemplified by Noyce as a boy and as an innovator, the UTeach Natural Sciences program is excited to work with the vibrant Austin Maker community, engaging students in meaningful, authentic, and relevant projects and activities as we critically examine how “Making” can improve education.

Making promotes creativity and engages students in solving problems of their own invention. Making helps students develop identities as designers, creators, and tinkerers. Through Making, students gain access to sophisticated tools for building and thinking critically.

Noyce recipients will have the opportunity to participate in an innovative Maker Endorsement Program. You will have the chance to select from a suite of activities to create your own Maker experience.

The menu of activities will include, but not be limited to, Maker professional development, internships at sites implementing Maker education, participation in national and local Maker events, and connection with a mentor active in Maker education.

Should you choose to participate in this program, you will exit UTeach with an endorsement highlighting your Maker experiences and training. We anticipate that entering the workforce with a UTeach Maker endorsement will make you attractive to prospective employers.

Find out more about UTeach Maker: https://maker.uteach.utexas.edu

Eligibility

Applications for the Fall 2017 semester are open to all eligible UTeach students and to degree-holders applying to the UTeach program.

All Current UTeach Students:

  • United States citizen or permanent resident alien
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • minimum of 1 hour in UTeach field experience course with a grade of at least a B
  • completed application, including 1 letter of recommendation, with a strong preference for an instructor in a field experience (Step 1, Step 2, Classroom Interactions, Project Based instruction, Apprentice Teaching)

Additional Requirements for Undergraduates:

  • STEM major
  • minimum of 60 credit hours at the time of application (in-residence and transfer)

Additional Requirement for Degree-Holders:

  • degree awarded by an accredited institution in a STEM field

Prospective Degree-Holders:

  • United States citizen or permanent resident alien
  • undergraduate or advanced degree in a STEM field from an accredited institution
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • accepted to the UTeach Natural Sciences program
    • Interested in applying to UTeach? Learn more about the application process for degree holders.

Renewal

Undergraduates:
Undergraduates may receive the Noyce scholarship for a total of 4 semesters.

Degree-Holders:
Degree-holders may receive Noyce funding for a total of 2 semesters.

Eligibility for renewal includes:

  • continuing in the UTeach Natural Sciences program
  • continuing in a STEM major (undergraduates only)
  • maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • maintenance of a 3.5 cumulative GPA in all UTeach courses
    • UTS101
    • UTS110
    • EDC365C
    • EDC365D
    • EDC365E
    • Research Methods
    • HIS329U
    • EDC651S
    • UTS170

 

How to Apply

Current UTeach Students
The Spring 2018 Noyce Scholarship application is submitted through the Qualtrics system. The deadline is February 12, 2018.

In addition to the standard information, such as UT EID, email address, etc., applicants should prepare the following information in advance:

  • current cumulative UT GPA
  • brief description of financial need
  • list of anticipated financial contributions from financial aid, awards, fellowships, etc.
  • the name of 1 faculty member you will ask for a reference. The reference must come from a UTeach course, with a strong preference for a field course (UTS101, UTS110, EDC365D, EDC365E)
  • 2 essays, between 500-750 words on the prompts below. Essays must be uploaded as PDFs.

Essay Prompts:
1. What knowledge do you think is important for teaching and how will the UTeach program help you attain this knowledge?

2. The Maker movement brings people together to design and create physical artifacts. It promotes creativity and learning through technology and old-fashioned tinkering. UTeach is exploring the introduction of Making into secondary education and teacher preparation. Describe the strengths and limitations of Making as a part of STEM learning.

The following article is a helpful discussion of the Maker movement and includes links to further reading: “The Maker Movement in K-12 Education: A Guide to Emerging Research,” Benjamin Herold.

Prospective Degree-Holders:
Degree-holders admitted to the UTeach Natural Sciences program will also be considered for Noyce funding, using their application to the UTeach program. 

Distribution:
Before funds can be distributed, all recipients must sign documentation that they understand the terms of the funding: service obligation or repayment. See details below.

Teaching Obligation

Noyce funding comes in the form of a forgivable loan. For each semester of funding received, recipients agree to complete 2 semesters of service as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency. Recipients are not required to teach in Texas.

A high-need local educational agency is defined as an agency (for example, a school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following:

  • a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
  • a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; or
  • a high teacher turnover rate

Because populations fluctuate, there is no comprehensive, up-to-date list of high-need districts available. In general, school districts serving areas such as Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Manor, etc. meet the requirement; however, a number of smaller, rural areas do as well.

Time Frame for Completion

  • Undergraduates must fulfill the service requirement within 8 years after completion of the UTeach Natural Sciences program.
  • Degree-holders must fulfill the service requirement within 4 years after completion of the UTeach Natural Sciences program.

Recipients also agree to:

  • respond to survey requests
  • maintain contact so that the UTeach program is able to document the fulfillment of the teaching service obligation as required by the National Science Foundation

Funding reverts to a loan that must be repaid if the recipient:

  • fails to maintain the required level of academic standing (3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 cumulative UTeach GPA)
  • is dismissed from the program or institution for disciplinary reasons
  • withdraws from the program before the completion
  • declares the intent not to meet the service obligation
  • fails to fulfill the teaching service commitment

If any of these circumstances arise before the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the total amount of the funds received must be repaid. If the circumstance arises after the completion of one academic year of the teaching service commitment, the amount to be repaid is:

  • Undergraduates - a proportion of the total scholarship awards received, prorated appropriately to reflect partial service completed
  • Degree-holders - one half of the total amount of the awards received

 

The Robert Noyce Scholarship (award ID 1557155) is funded by the National Science Foundation.