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Highly-prestigious National Science Foundation grant awarded to Pacific

Mar 14, 2019

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.45 million Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship Program grant to a team of faculty led by Dr. Lydia Fox.  The Robert Noyce Program provides funding to institutions of higher education for scholarships and programmatic support to recruit and prepare science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors to become K-12 teachers. The Building a Culture of Achievement: Pacific Noyce STEM Scholars Program will provide scholarships to students in their junior year through a MA in education with credential and include programmatic support during their early years of teaching in high-needs schools here in San Joaquin County.

"The NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grants are prestigious and highly competitive and we are proud of Dr. Lydia Fox and the team she has assembled. This award highlights Pacific's commitment to support students who will be STEM educators in our communities," said Provost Pallavicini.  

Members of Dr. Fox's team include Assistant Professor Gregory Potter as Co-Principal Investigator, Senior Instructional Designer/Faculty Developer and Assistant Professor Meixun Sinky Zheng from the Dugoni School of Dentistry, Beyond Our Gates Tomorrow Project Administrator Nancy Elium, and Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer of LTG Associates. The team is joined by faculty from each STEM department in the College of the Pacific as well as the Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, who will serve as advisors to the Noyce Scholars. The Pacific Noyce Program will also collaborate with the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Stockton and Manteca Unified School Districts, and Delta Community College for recruitment of students through to their teaching in our local schools.

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