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UWFox, UWO Partnership Program Receives NSF/Noyce Grants

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh have collaboratively announced that six students in the “Alternative Careers in Teaching” program were recently awarded Robert Noyce teacher stipends of $13,000 each – a total of $78,000.

The "Alternative Careers in Education," or act!, program is a partnership between UWFox and UWO that trains talented science, technology, engineering and math professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree to become state-certified K-12 math or science teachers. Applicants for a Noyce stipend must be enrolled in the act! program.

Michael Beeth

The Noyce funds are provided through two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. According to Dr. Michael Beeth, UWO professor and co-coordinator of the act! program, "With the six new awardees, we have supported 40 adult non-traditional students in act! with a total of $468,000. We expect to support additional students in the future as there is a positive balance of funds in both grants."

Beeth, who is officially the Principal Investigator for both grants as far as NSF is concerned, said, "The act! program is fortunate indeed to have received support from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program through the National Science Foundation. The Noyce program provides support for highly qualified non-traditional adult students to enter the teaching profession. Noyce recipients in the act! program bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their teaching as practicing mathematicians and scientists."

The act! students (and hometowns) who received the newest Noyce grants are:

  • Kyle Curtis (Altoona)
  • David Graves, (Leopolis)
  • Jordan Kroll (East Troy)
  • Brenna Kunkel (Platteville)
  • Jennifer Vandeleest (Green Bay)
  • Molly Wheaton (Ripon)

Dr. Tammy Ladwig, assistant professor of education and act! at coordinator at UWFox, as well as co-principal investigator of the NSF grants, said, "In these times where we are seeing cuts to education at every level, it gives me great pleasure to be able to financially support the mathematicians and scientists who are making the career change to become a teacher.  The act! students desire to give back and offer the middle school and high school students in Wisconsin the best possible opportunity: to learn from experienced mathematicians and scientists. The Robert Noyce stipend affords people who want to teach, the financial support to become licensed."

For more information about the NSF Noyce stipends or the act! partnership between UWFox and UWO, contact Beeth at 920-424-3326 or email beeth@uwosh.edu.

Posted 4/30/2005