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Overview – Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program “responds 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. The program provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Scholarship and stipend recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need school districts” (quoted from nsfnoyce.org).

Alg Tiles Vivian and Laura 4Noyce scholarships at Boston University provide 100% tuition support to the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program. Noyce scholars also receive specialized mentoring programs, funding to join professional organizations, and supplies for their classrooms. They become members of a vibrant ongoing mathematical community consisting of teachers, engineers, mathematics educators, mathematicians, and graduate students that comes together regularly to do mathematics and discuss the teaching of mathematics. Noyce scholars commit to teaching for two years in a high-need school or district.

The newest Noyce Scholarship program at Boston University is the Bringing Engineers into STEM Teaching (BEST) Program. The BEST program is designed to support engineers and other math-related majors in becoming secondary mathematics teachers. This program is currently offering scholarships.

Another Noyce program at Boston University is the Math for America Boston: Teaching Scholars Program. This program is in collaboration with Math for America Boston.

A third Noyce program is Boston University’s Noyce Scholars Program in Mathematics. This program is no longer accepting applicants.

Finally, the Research and Evaluation: Boston University’s Noyce Scholarship Program is a Noyce research project investigating the effectiveness of BU’s model for preparing secondary mathematics teachers.

Read more about our Noyce Scholars in the news!


“I was specifically drawn to Boston University because of the Noyce / MfA program, which focused on preparing cohort members for teaching in urban schools. However, once I got to BU, I quickly rea­lized that with or without affiliation under Noyce / MfA, BU was a top-notch, well res­pected university for study­ing education.”

— Vivian Buchanan
from Weston, MA