SUNO Awarded $1.2 Million NSF Grant to Produce STEM Teachers
02-Apr-2018 | News

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) a five-year $1.2 million Robert Noyce grant for a project to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers in high-need public schools.
SUNO will collaborate with John Ehret High School and Brookhaven National Lab to recruit, support and certify 22 STEM teachers. Recruitment activities will focus on the pool of qualified SUNO undergraduate STEM students enrolled in the Department of Natural Sciences.

Program activities will include:
1. Early exposure of prospective teachers to high-need schools
2. Seminar series on Characteristics of Highly Effective STEM Teachers
3. Science fair for high school students to attract students to STEM fields and their teachers to teacher certification programs
4. Praxis I & II preparation
5. Post-certification mentoring of new STEM teachers by content faculty mentors.

Project leadership consists of Principal Investigator Dr. Cynthia Singleton (Mathematics), and Co-PIs Dr. Joe Omojola (Mathematics and Physics), Dr. Murty Kambhampati (Biology) and Dr. Louise Kaltenbaugh (Education).

“These experienced faculty members have collaborated successfully on many projects at departmental, college and university levels, including grant writing, committee assignments, and curriculum developments,” said SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin. “They are very passionate about STEM education. I congratulate them for their hard work, commitment and dedication to developing future STEM teachers.”

The duration of the project is May 2018 through April 2023.


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