Professor Chapin Receives Noyce Grant Award
Professor Suzanne Chapin received the Robert Noyce Scholars Grant award from the National Science Foundation. Chapin will act as principal investigator for the Noyce Scholars program at Boston University School of Education.
The Noyce Grant awards funding to colleges and universities in order to “support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who earn a teaching credential and commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.” With such funding, the NSF seeks to encourage STEM majors and professionals to enter the mathematics and science education field.
According the Dean Hardin Coleman, portions of the grant funding will “support a new innovative teacher preparation pathway between SED and the [Boston University] School of Engineering.” This pathway was created by Associate Dean Kathy Vaughan and School of Engineering Assistant Dean Gretchen Fougere. The partnership will allow School of Engineering students to enter a teacher preparation program in their junior year and then complete a MAT program in science/math education during a fifth year of study. This innovative pathway is referred to as the STEM Educator Engineer Program (STEEP). The Noyce funding will support the costs of a student’s fifth year of education for those students studying math education.
Learn more about the Noyce Scholarship program here.