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UWFox act! Program Receives NSF Grant, Support

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $899,968 from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for a project titled, “Alternative Careers in Teaching (act!) for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Professionals.” The project encourages talented degreed science, technology, engineering and math professionals to become K-12 mathematics or science teachers committed to teaching in high-need school districts.

The recently announced Noyce Teacher stipend will award $10,000 to 75 highly qualified students over the next five years to help to defray students’ academic and personal expenses during their time as student teachers in act!as the program expands into three areas served by campuses of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, including UW-Waukesha, UW-Baraboo-Sauk County and UW-Richland Center. The UW Colleges campuses that began and continue to offer act! program coursework are UW- Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Marinette and UW-Sheboygan.

Established in 2006, the act! program is a cooperative certification program between the UW-Oshkosh and the 13 UW Colleges. Successful candidates are licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction through the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) at the UW-Oshkosh. The highly successful program offers accessible courses at UW-Oshkosh and UW Colleges using distance education, on-site classes and extensive practice teaching.

Combined with a prior Noyce grant of $599,817 for act! students, the UW Colleges now has the capacity to financially support a total of 125 highly qualified students with nearly $1.5 million of external funding as they transition into careers as secondary math or science teachers.

The act! program is led by Dr. Tammy Ladwig, assistant professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and Dr. Michael Beeth, Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) at UW-Oshkosh. Dr. Dubear Kroening, UWFox Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, is a co-principal investigator on the most recent Noyce grant.

For more information about the act! program or the Noyce Scholarship Program, contact Dr. Tammy Ladwig, at 920-832-0108 or email tammy.ladwig@uwc.edu.


Posted 10/02/2009