College sends largest contingent to Regional Noyce Scholars Conference
USC brought the largest contingent of attendees to the 2014 SE Regional Noyce Scholars Conference in Greenville, SC on March 20-22. The southeast regional conferences are specifically for universities that have been awarded Noyce grants. Thirty-six universities in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, and Washington D.C. were invited to send faculty and students.
Attendees included principal investigators, program staff with active NSF Noyce Scholarship programs in SE states; Students, graduate and undergraduate, with Noyce Scholarships from any SE state; Graduates of SE Noyce Scholarship programs who are currently teaching; Mentor Teachers of Noyce Scholars who are paid by that programs Noyce grant; And, evaluators of active NSF Noyce Scholarship programs.
The Noyce Project Director Kathy Henson and USC Noyce Graduate Support Coordinator and ITE Secondary Education Doctoral Student Beth Oliver attended the conference with 31 Noyce Scholars. Attendees included College of Education’s current MT/MAT students: Emmaline Horton, Megan Kumbatovic, Lauren Deuel, Katie Webber, Zoei Menching, Leah Rutowski, Aherial Polite, Danielle Blew, Chanequa Roy, Martin Sims, Stefan Singer, Anthony Kain, Anil Patel, Sarah Jennings, Sophia Waheed, Decike Burgess, Brandi Byers, and Emily Brown; Undergraduate math/science students who plan to go through the MT program: Erin Hayn, Ashley Nunnally, Serena Olivi, Donielle Chapman, Dana Byars, Savana Williams, and Christine Miller; and six Noyce Graduates who currently teach math/science in SC schools attended: Alexis Graham from AC Flora HS, Chavonna Starlings from Hand MS, Iesha Burns from Colleton HS, Anthony Myers from Keenan HS, Cloe Leech from R.B. Stalls HS and Carolina Albrecht from Wando HS.
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts. Noyce Scholars are juniors, seniors, MT, and MAT students.
USC Faculty from the College of Education with the College of Arts and Sciences collaborate to increase the number of highly qualified science and mathematics teachers in South Carolina through a scholarship-based program USC-SMTI (Science and Math Teacher Initiative) that enables academically qualified students to complete a bachelor's degree in mathematics, science, or engineering sciences and a one-year Master of Teaching (MT) certification program. Drs. Ed Dickey and Jan Yow work with the math students; whereas, Drs. Christine Lotter, Nate Carnes and Bert Ely work with the science students. Professors such as Kim Smoak and Dr. Victoria Oglan work with these students as well.