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Noyce U-STEM




NSF Robert Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship and Stipends Program 

Nationwide 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 to recruit and prepare STEM majors to teach in grades 7-12.

 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 in-service 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

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:

  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.


Prior NSF Support: Urban STEM Teacher Capacity Building Program

PI Janelle Johnson and Co-PI Hsiu-Ping Liu received prior NSF support through the Robert Noyce Capacity Building grant, NSF award #1540805 from 8/1/2015 throught 7/31/16.  The title of the project was Urban STEM Teacher Capacity Building at a Minority-Serving University (U-STEM).  Research during the Capacity Building phrase utilized MSU Denver's Equity Scorecard Report (2014) as its framework.  Data collection with Noyce Urban STEM (U-STEM) program stakeholders (faculty, student support services providers, STEM students, Community College of Denver (CCD), community-based organizations, established Noyce programs, school/district partners, students at partner secondary schools, and School of Education administrators) provided detailed recommendations for the program design.


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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