Thursday, June 30, 2011
FILLING A NEED: TEACH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HELPS SCIENCE MAJORS BECOME SCIENCE TEACHERS
MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University students are turning their interest in science into future careers as science teachers through a nationally funded scholarship program entering its second year at the university.
The TEACH Scholarship program has selected two summer 2011 interns and seven TEACH Scholarship recipients for the 2011-2012 school year.
The K-State program, funded by an $875,000 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, encourages those interested in teaching science to complete majors in a specific science, technology, engineering or mathematics discipline. Program collaborators include K-State's departments of curriculum and instruction, physics, geology and chemistry and the Division of Biology.
Juniors or seniors currently completing a baccalaureate science degree can apply for the full National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarships. The awards range from $13,000-$15,000 per year for up to two years. After being accepted into the program, students are required to complete a semester-long internship experience in a public school. Following their graduation, TEACH Scholars must teach two years in a high needs school for each awarded scholarship year and meet other program obligations.
Graduate students also can qualify for the scholarships through the K-State College of Education's graduate certificate in teaching and learning program. It allows students with a bachelor's degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field to become licensed to teach by completing the 20-graduate credit hour program.
Freshmen or sophomores majoring in a science field with a possible interest in teaching can apply for paid summer internships in various teaching-related positions both on and off campus. These internships help students further explore their interest in teaching.
More information about the K-State TEACH Robert Noyce Scholarship program is available at http://www.coe.k-state.edu/grants/teach/.
TEACH scholarship recipients for 2011-2012 and TEACH 2011 summer interns include:
Kayla Chilcoat, junior in geology and secondary education, Eudora, $13,000 TEACH Scholarship. This will be Chilcoat's first year in the program.
Bailey Myers, junior in secondary education-biological sciences, Humboldt, $13,000 TEACH Scholarship. This will be the first year for Myers in the program.
Danny Davison, junior in geology and secondary education, Hutchinson, $13,000 TEACH Scholarship. This will be Davison's first year in the program.
Coral Boyd, senior in chemistry, mathematics and secondary education, Lindsborg, $13,000 TEACH Scholarship. Boyd also was a 2010-2011 TEACH Scholarship recipient.
Stephanie Alderman-Oler, senior in biology and secondary education, Olathe, $13,000 TEACH Scholarship. Alderman-Oler, a graduate of Olathe North High School, also was a 2010-2011 TEACH Scholarship recipient.
Samantha Talley, sophomore in chemistry and secondary education, Olathe, TEACH summer intern. Talley, a graduate of Olathe North High School, is serving an internship at Science City in Kansas City, Mo.
Brock Baxter, graduate student in curriculum and instruction, Onaga, $15,000 TEACH Scholarship. Baxter earned his bachelor's in civil engineering from K-State in 2007. This will be his first year in the program.
Mattithyah Tillotson, junior in chemistry and secondary education, Valley Center, $13,000 TEACH Scholarship. This will be Tillotson's first year in the program.