Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


$1.2 million for STEM Teacher Prep Scholarship

$1.2 million for STEM Teacher Prep Scholarship

The National Science Foundation has awarded Loyola University Chicago $1.2 million for the project, LUC-Noyce Scholars: Redefining STEM Teacher Preparation by Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities. Congratulations to Lara Smetana (Science Education), Principal Investigator, Linda Brazdil and Karin Lange (Center for Science & Math Education), Jim Breunlin (Math Education), Peter Tingley (Mathematics), Chandra James and Jessica Fulton (Chicago Public Schools).

This Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program award recognizes and will continue to support the collaborations between faculty in the School of Education, Center for Science and Math Education (CSME) and College of Arts & Sciences, as well as with Chicago Public Schools’ Offices of Science & Math Education and our area school and cultural institution partners.

The first LUC-Noyce Scholars will be named this summer. Undergraduate and graduate LUC-Noyce Scholars will receive up to $30,000 in tuition support, funding to participate in ‌professional conferences and to purchase classroom materials. Combined with increased mentoring and professional development experiences during their program through the CSME and other area partnerships, the LUC-Noyce Scholars program will further enrich teacher candidates' preparation and induction experience through the Teaching, Learning and Leading with Schools & Communities program.

Upon completion of their preparation program, LUC-Noyce Scholars commit to two years of service in CPS or other high-need high schools for each year of funding received. The LUC-Noyce Scholars team looks forward to working collaboratively with CPS to identify those schools where the Scholars’ preparation – especially their IB and ESL certifications – will be best utilized.

Smetana will also be leading research efforts for the project, studying program implementation and advancing knowledge about preparing secondary science and math teachers in collaboration with Chicago schools and communities.

* The picture is complements of the Center for Science and Math Education. CSME's Cultivating Whole School Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, received Public Choice recognition! Click here to see all the recognized videos.