Boston University’s BEST Noyce Scholarship Program
The Bringing Engineers into STEM Teaching (BEST) Project (2013-2018) is a collaboration of the School of Education and the College of Engineering at Boston University and six schools or districts in the Boston area. This program focuses on bringing the mathematical, technological, and design expertise of engineers into secondary classrooms. BEST scholars experience a rich, inquiry-based teacher preparation program and work closely with teachers, mathematics educators, engineers, and students.
The BEST Project provides 100% tuition scholarships to 37 individuals with backgrounds either in engineering or in mathematics to a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program. The degree program leads to licensure to teach secondary mathematics. The program is especially interested in helping practicing engineers and newly graduated engineers to bring their passion for solving challenging problems to enter the mathematics teaching profession. Once teaching, BEST scholars will be supported through summer and academic-year workshops, seminars, and mentoring. Our program allows you to enrich your mathematics lessons with engineering, design, creativity, and innovation! Read about some of our BEST scholars!
- BEST Noyce scholars must have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or engineering.
- BEST Noyce scholars must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens.
- BEST Noyce scholars must commit to teach for two years in a high-need district upon successful completion of the teacher certification program.
Noyce Scholars receive:
- A full scholarship to Boston University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program in mathematics.
- A wealth of benefits including mentoring, support, and materials. Find out more below!
To apply to be a BEST Noyce Scholar:
- Apply directly to Boston University’s School of Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and follow the instructions. The deadline for applying is January 15, 2015.
- Submit with your application an essay that addresses your commitment to teaching in high needs schools.
- Take the GREs and submit them directly to the School of Education. The institution code is 3066.
Noyce Scholars commit to:
- Teaching for two years in a high-need district upon successful completion of the MAT degree program.
Recipients of Noyce Scholarships benefit from:
1. Clinical Experiences in Schools under the Guidance of Masterful Teachers
Noyce scholars have a range of field experiences that help them prepare to teach in high needs districts. All placements are in one of Boston University’s partner school districts under the supervision of teachers and faculty members. Supervising teachers are school leaders in mathematics who have professional licensure and have met rigorous standards.
2. Membership in a vibrant STEM Education Community
Boston University is proud of the strong collaboration that exists between the mathematics department and the mathematics education department, the School of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences. BEST Noyce scholars participate with undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, mathematics educators, engineers, and mathematicians in a rich community that comes together regularly to explore mathematics and engineering design projects and discuss the teaching of mathematics. Activities include workshops where students link content and pedagogy as well as informal meetings and social events.
3. Preparation for High-Need Settings
To help BEST Noyce scholars support a student population that is increasingly diverse in race and ethnicity, social class, immigrant status, and proficiency in English and other languages, they enroll in two courses: ME 530 Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education and TL 525 Teaching English Learners in the Middle/High School. BEST Noyce scholars study issues such as student mobility, stereotypes, tracking, equity of opportunities, and minority achievement. School practices and reform strategies as well as the life of inner city youth are addressed through relevant readings and discussion. Scholars also enroll in a course focusing exclusively on teaching English language learners in the content areas in order to prepare them to support English development in the mathematics classroom. In addition, BEST Noyce scholars tutor a Boston Public Schools high school student in mathematics one day each week.
4. Teaching Materials and Resources
BEST Noyce scholars are provided funds to purchase books, teaching materials, and professional journal subscriptions (The Mathematics Teacher) to support their work in the classroom. They are able to attend conferences held by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and seminars on mathematics education.
5. Mentoring and Support
Two types of mentoring and support are offered to BEST Noyce scholars. During their year as graduate students, BEST Noyce scholars meet weekly to discuss current events in education, watch and discuss video of classroom instruction, and analyze student work. They receive coaching on how to secure a teaching job.
Once BEST Noyce scholars are teaching, they return to campus for monthly “Noyce Teacher” seminars, which are held in the late afternoon or early evening. They are able to discuss with other scholars pertinent issues relevant to first year teaching such as classroom management, lesson planning, and grading. Scholars explore the teaching of mathematics using best practices with their colleagues. In the summer, BEST Noyce scholars work with engineering students on design projects to integrate mathematics and engineering principles.
“As a MAT student, I was impressed by the dedication of the math education faculty at BU. My math education classes made me think deeply about mathematics and about how I would go about teaching math to my students. As I begin my first year of teaching, I have found myself going back to the resources and notes that I used in my BU math education classes in order to prepare my lessons.”
– Danielle Pike
from Houston, TX