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Budding science teachers earn scholarships

National Science Foundation grants provide assistance.

Yessenia Romo, Staff Writer
Dan Sayles, Copy Editor

The University of La Verne has received a nearly $900,000 National Science Foundation Grant for scholarships and internships.

The money will be distributed by the La Verne Noyce Teacher Scholars Program, which provides up to $15,000 a year for students who are interested in teaching biology, mathematics, chemistry and physics, helping them through junior and senior year, and during the first year of their credentials.

“The goal of the program is to increase the number of well-prepared science and math teachers and place them in high-need schools,” said Christine Broussard, associate professor of biology.

Broussard wrote the grant proposal with the help of Assistant Professor of Physics Vanessa Priesler, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Yousef Daneshbod, Assistant Professor of Education Marga Madhuri and Assistant Pofessor of Education Donna Nasmyth.

“The reviewers were looking for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs,” Broussard said, adding that the reviewers were looking for quality in education programs.

Scholarship recipients this year include a chemistry major, a math major and two biology majors.

To apply for the scholarship, the student must be a biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics major, submit a 500-1,000 word statement regarding the student’s motivation for becoming a teacher and complete an interview with a La Verne Noyce Teacher Scholars Program advisory board member.

“It’s an absolutely outstanding opportunity for students who may not be able to go into teaching science to get help,” associate vice president of academic affairs Al Clark said.

In the next 10 years, the United States will not have an adequate number of science teachers for the number of students enrolled in school, Broussard said.

“It’s meant to help students determine if teaching is the career they would like to pursue,” Broussard said.

“I heard that it will help with funding for science projects,” Will Ortiz, a junior biology major, said.

Students who receive this scholarship are required to teach two years of high school or junior high for each year they received the scholarship.

The scholarship program will continue for the next five years and the number of recipients can change according to the number and quality of the applicants.

For more information on the program, e-mail Broussard at cbroussard@laverne.edu or call her at 909-593-3511, ext. 4597.

Yessenia Romo can be reached at yessenia.romo@laverne.edu.
Dan Sayles can be reached at dan.sayles@laverne.edu.

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