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Noyce U-R STEM

Urban-Rural Science & Mathematics Teaching Program

Supported through funding from the

Robert Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship and Stipends Program 

Nationwide there is a serious shortage of well-qualified secondary STEM educators and a lack of diversity among the teaching population as a whole. Through the support of the NSF Robert Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship and Stipends Program (NSF 1660506) Metropolitan State University of Denver, a leader in the preparation of teachers and education of underrepresented students in Colorado, provides equitable STEM teaching and learning through innovative curricula and comprehensive support services to recruit and prepare STEM majors to teach in grades 7-12. 

U-R STEM focuses on increasing both the number and diversity of secondary STEM educators through the scholarship program. Providing scholars with transformative pre-service clinical experiences and in-service educator professional development, tailored recruitment, and retention to graduation of diverse students to STEM and STEM teaching. Through multiple pathways, the program attracts and is designed to prepare educators to meet the needs of metro Denver and Colorado.

Program highlights include:

  • Scholarships for STEM majors pursuing secondary teacher licensure
  • Recruit and prepare STEM majors to teach in schools with diverse and various high-need student populations
  • Provide an innovative program of support for Noyce U-R STEM Teachers
  • Individualized support provided by a Student Success Professional
  • Professional development for Scholar Alumni, pre- and in-service Noyce U-R STEM Scholars
  • Travel to conferences and research opportunities 

Grounded in the university's mission to equitably reshape existing structures and build innovative new collaborations, the goals and objectives for the Noyce U-R STEM program include:

  1. Recruit and graduate diverse mathematics and science educators responsive to the needs of underrepresented communities through highly effective, inquiry-based, integrated STEM instruction.
  2. Prepare and support Noyce U-R STEM Scholars to become Noyce U-R STEM Teachers through clinical experiences designed in collaboration with K-12 schools.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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