Le Moyne Gets $1.2M Grant from NSF to Prepare Next Generation of Secondary STEM Teachers
Le Moyne College has been notified by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that it will receive $1.2 million to be used to help teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate students. The funding will be available starting June 1, 2017 and continue for five years.
"NSF grants are extremely competitive so this is a tremendous honor for Le Moyne College," said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. "It is a clear and important indication that Le Moyne teaches STEM very well and also reinforces the expertise and strength of our faculty." Approximately 60 awards nationwide are presented by the NSF for this program.
The award, titled "A Project to Prepare STEM Majors as Outstanding Certified Secondary Teachers for New York State," will be under the direction of Associate Professor of Education Wen Ma, Associate Professor of Biology Hilary McManus and Associate Professor of Mathematics Jonathan Needleman.
The money will be used to recruit, enroll, and prepare 21 undergraduate students in the STEM fields to obtain New York State teaching certification as they prepare to embark on careers in STEM education serving high-need school districts in Central New York. Le Moyne College will collaborate with a number of local organizations, including the Syracuse City School District, Onondaga County Libraries, On Point for College, the Museum of Science and Technology, and Baltimore Woods Nature Center as part of the grant.
Funds will be used for a variety of purposes, including to support scholarships given to students during their junior and senior years and for paid internships with community partners.
The funding was awarded through the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program. This program responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of STEM by encouraging talented students to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools.
Representative John Katko (NY-24) supported the application submitted by Le Moyne College for this federal funding.