Robert Noyce

Who Is Dr. Robert Noyce?

Dr. Robert Noyce, nicknamed “the Mayor of Silicon Valley”, was an American physicist and entrepreneur who co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968. He is credited as one of the co-inventors of the integrated circuit (the microchip) that prompted the development of personal computers. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program falls under the auspices of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

20th Anniversary of Noyce Program

“Without amazing teachers, our future is in jeopardy, quite honestly. Because this is where the next generation of everything is going to come from and we’re trying to produce the teachers that will make sure kids that have so much that they bring to the classroom don’t slip through the cracks.”


~ Kathleen Bergin
Lead Program Director 2022
National Science Foundation

Noyce 20th Anniversary

Program Goals

  • Recruit and graduate diverse mathematics and science educators responsive to the needs of underrepresented communities through highly effective, inquiry-based, integrated STEM instruction.
  • Prepare and support Noyce U۰R STEM Scholars to become Noyce U۰R STEM Teachers through clinical experiences designed in collaboration with K-12 schools.
  • Assist interested educators with professional development for STEM equity, developing teachers committed and able to work in diverse schools with various high-need student populations.
  • Utilizing ongoing mixed methods research, develop and test effective recruitment and graduation strategies focused on increasing the percentage of underrepresented students majoring in STEM fields who enter the teaching profession

Program Benefits

  • Scholarships for STEM majors pursuing secondary teacher licensure up to $14,000/semester
  • Membership into a supportive community of Noyce U۰R STEM Fellows, Scholars, and Teachers to lean on and learn from along the road to licensure and a career in teaching
  • Individualized support
  • Travel to conferences and research opportunities
  • Professional development for Noyce U۰R STEM Fellows, Scholars, and Teachers

Program Requirements

  1. Be working towards or have completed an undergraduate STEM major (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science) or post-bac
  2. Intend to complete the requirements of the secondary math or science teacher licensure program at MSU Denver School of Education
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to pursue a teaching career in a public school district for one year per semester of scholarship awarded
  4. Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (everyone is encouraged to apply!)
  5. Maintain a minimum content GPA of 2.75
  6. Scholars reapply each semester to continue support
  7. Attend core required events (orientation, recognition dinner, near peer observations, etc.)
Dream – Plan – Act

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