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Noyce U-STEM

Urban STEM Teacher Capacity Building Program



"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
-Carl Sagan


With support of an National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Capacity Building Grant (NSF 1540805) Metropolitan State University of Denver established a Scholarships and Stipends Program to recruit and prepare STEM majors to teach in grades 7-12. Successfully awarded a five-year Robert Noyce Scholarship and Stipends Grant (NSF 1660506) in August of 2017. The "Inclusive STEM Teaching preparation at an Urban Commuter University" or Noyce U-STEM grant has awarded its first cohort of Noyce U-STEM Scholars for Fall 2017.

Achieving these goals will help to meet the needs of MSU Denver students and faculty, in collaboration with K - 12 schools and community partners. Grounded in the university's mission to equitably reshape existing structures and build innovative new collaborations, the goals and objectives for the Noyce U-STEM program include:

Goals & Objectives

  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-STEM Scholars to become Noyce U-STEM Teachers through clinical experiences designed in collaboration with K - 12 school partners, and an innovative induction program.
  3. Assist K - 12 school partners and districts with professional development for STEM equity, developing teachers committed and able to work in high-need urban schools.
  4. Utilizing ongoing mixed methods research, develop and test effective recruitment and graduation strategies focused on increasing the percentage of under represented students majoring in STEM fields who enter the teaching profession.

What is the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program?

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools.

National Science Foundation provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Scholarship recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need districts.


Center for Advanced STEM Education

The Center for Advanced STEM Education was established by Dr. Larry S. Johnson and Dr. Joseph Raab in 1993 to serve Colorado schools by offering programs and services in math, science, and environmental studies. One of the goals of the center is to have math and science taught in a more activity-oriented way. Dr. Johnson, former director of the center, believed that students have a better chance of retaining information if they participate in an activity, rather than have a teacher just tells them the facts. The Center for Advanced STEM Education is part of the Metropolitan State University of Denver's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

The Center for Advanced STEM Education’s (CASE) main mission is to encourage students of all grade levels to earn undergraduate and postsecondary degrees in the STEM Disciplines. The Center has three programs: Colorado - Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) for students attending MSU Denver, Summer Science Scholars (SSS) for high school students, and the Summer Science Institute (SSI) for middle school students. For more details and program registration information visit the CASE website:

Center for Advanced STEM Education Website

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