Three UT Martin Noyce Scholars begin master’s degrees

Three University of Tennessee at Martin Noyce Scholars signed a contract agreeing to fulfill the program’s requirements as they begin their Master of Science in Initial Licensure at UT Martin. Terae Phelps, of Union City; Grace Looney, of Millington; and Taylor Dennis, of Jackson, signed the contract during an orientation for the graduate program on May 10.

The UT Martin Noyce Scholars receive a $29,000 stipend to cover full tuition and fees for their master’s degrees at UT Martin. To maintain that stipend, the students must agree to complete the program in one calendar year, apply for a Tennessee educator license, and teach for at least two years in a high-need school district. Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to increase the number of qualified science and math teachers in West Tennessee.

“The UTM Noyce Scholars Program is our regional contribution to the National Science Foundation’s effort to address the shortage of math and science teachers in Tennessee and across the United States,” said Dr. Steve Elliott, professor of mathematics and statistics and UT Martin STEM Center director.

“The UTM Noyce Scholars Program is our regional contribution to the National Science Foundation’s effort to address the shortage of math and science teachers in Tennessee and across the United States,” said Dr. Steve Elliott, professor of mathematics and statistics and UT Martin STEM Center director. “Over five years, we are trying to obtain, train and retain 25 math and science teachers for Tennessee students.”

Applications will open in September 2022 for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, and additional information is available at www.utm.edu/noyce or by visiting the UTM Noyce Scholars account on Instagram.

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