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Source: Regan Wilson, 785-532-5922, rlw7799@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.coe.k-state.edu/grants/teach/
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-2535, bbohn@k-state.edu

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.

James Rittenberger, junior in chemistry, Gretna, Neb., TEACH summer intern. Rittenberger is serving an internship at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Neb.