Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

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The Robert Noyce Scholarship Program (RNSP), named for a pioneer of semiconductor development and co-founder of Intel Corporation, is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is a joint effort between the Towson University’s Fisher College of Science & Mathematics and College of Education. Grant partners include: The Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, The College of Education, The Department of Biological Sciences, The Department of Chemistry, The Department of Computer and Information Sciences, The Environmental Science and Studies Program, The Department of Mathematics, The Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics (MB3) Program, and The Department of Physic, Astronomy and Geosciences

The Robert Noyce Scholarship program aims to meet the growing local and national need for better-qualified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teaching professionals. This program specifically channels these teachers into high need school districts.  Consequently, scholarship or stipend recipients accept an obligation to teach in a high need school district for two (2) years for each one (1) year of scholarship or stipend received.  If this obligation is not met, the scholarship or stipend must be returned to the National Science Foundation.

Which school districts qualify as high need ?

To qualify as high need according to the National Science Foundation for the purposes of the Robert Noyce Grant requirements, a school district must meet one of the following criteria:
  • It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced-price lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1751 et seq.).
  • It has at least one school in which one of the following occurs:
    • More than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
    • More than 34 percent of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  • It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more during the last three school years.

High Need School Districts in Maryland

Allegany County Harford County
Anne Arundel County Howard County
Baltimore City Kent County
Baltimore County Montgomery County
Calvert County Prince George’s County
Caroline County Queen Anne’s County
Carrol County Somerset County
Cecil County St. Mary’s County
Charles County Talbot County
Dorchester County Washington County
Frederick County Wicomico County
Garrett County Worcester County

Do I have to in teach Maryland?

Noyce Scholars are encouraged to teach in the state of Maryland.


 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0934751.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
The Jess and Mildred Fisher
College of Science and Mathematics
Smith Hall, Room 360 (campus map)
Phone: 410-704-2121
Fax: 410-704-2604
E-mail: fcsm@towson.edu


Robert Noyce

Robert Noyce's nickname was the "Mayor of Silicon Valley."   He invented the integrated chip, one of the stepping stones along the way to the microprocessors in today's computers. Noyce died of heart failure in 1990, at the age of 62.

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