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Noyce U-STEM

Building STEM equity and excellence

Image of U-STEM Graphic with textNationwide there is a serious shortage of well-trained 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. U-STEM focuses on increasing both the number and diversity of secondary STEM educators through the scholarship program. Partnerships with high-need schools and districts across metro Denver serve as sites for transformative preservice clinical experiences and inservice educator professional development. Providing tailored recruitment and retention to graduation of diverse students to STEM and STEM teaching through multiple pathways designed 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 high-need schools
  • Establish an innovative induction program for Noyce U-STEM Teachers
  • Online resources and tools
  • Support for STEM students by a Student Success Professional
  • Professional development for partner school mentor teachers


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