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Siena Heights University Awarded Noyce Grant from National Science Foundation

Siena Heights University was recently awarded a grant totaling $123,901 from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation. Siena Heights was one of eight Michigan universities that have active grants through the Noyce program.

“We are pleased to receive this grant and excited to begin a new partnership with several local educational institutions,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “I would like to thank everyone who worked on this effort and look forward to seeing all the new opportunities generated from this program.”

The project, entitled “Identifying and Addressing Factors that Contribute to Michigan’s STEM Educator Shortage,” will implement evidence-based strategies and build infrastructure for a future Noyce Track 1 project proposal.

One objective of this project is for Siena Heights, in partnership with Jackson College, to create a “2+3” program for secondary education STEM majors who begin their academic careers at Jackson College and complete their requirements at SHU. Additional project partners include local high schools in the Adrian, Hudson, Madison and Morenci school districts.

Project goals will be to assess institutional and community needs and develop collaborative partnerships to increase the number of transfer, high school, and SHU undergraduate students who pursue careers in secondary STEM education; and establish action plans that lead to increased retention, graduation and Michigan Test for Teacher Certification pass rates for SHU secondary STEM education graduates.

The Siena Heights faculty/staff grant team includes Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Mathew Draud, faculty members Dr. Julius Nagy and Sally Rae, as well as Career Services Specialist Melissa Growden. They will be joined on the project management team by SHU Grant Writer Amy Carey and Jackson College Lenawee/Hillsdale County Centers Dean Michael Masters.

“The training of teachers in the state of Michigan, particularly secondary education STEM teachers, is in a challenging position,” said Dr. Nagy, who is the principal investigator on the project. “This project was written with the goal of identifying reasons that middle and high school students, who often express a desire to become teachers in STEM fields, complete college with a degree in another field. The project team also hopes to make small changes in how we do things here at Siena Heights, and to take the funded demonstration lab into local schools to publicize the benefits of becoming a STEM teacher.”

Successful completion of the grant objectives will set the stage for the submission of future Noyce program grants, which could contain funds for student scholarships.

Project activities commenced July 1, 2018.

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