Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Savannah State University is the recipient of a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
The five year grant, which begins Sept. 1, will prepare STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – teachers for high-need middle and high school classrooms. “This initiative will enhance Savannah State’s ability to produce a well-qualified pool of teachers in the STEM subject areas, which will help alleviate workforce shortages in this area of national need,” said C. Reynold Verret, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at SSU.
During the five-year grant period, the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is expected to prepare at least 28 undergraduate math and engineering majors and 10 STEM professionals to become certified in grades 6-12. The Noyce scholars – Savannah State University juniors and seniors and STEM professionals – will each be eligible for a $10,000 scholarship per year. To cultivate an interest in the teaching profession, 20 students from Savannah Technical College and SSU will be tapped each year for the Summer Educational Internship Program and will be eligible for $1,000 stipends.
“Channeling talented students into the STEM fields is critically important for the economic vitality of the state,” explained Keenya G. Mosley, Ph.D., principal investigator for the grant and assistant professor in SSU’s School of Teacher Education.
Recently, a U.S. presidential goal was announced calling for the preparation of 100,000 new STEM teachers during the next decade. Nationally, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018 compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. STEM skills are key to many high-demand career options including those found in computer and information technology, science, healthcare and business.
Savannah State University was the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month in August of 2013. Savannah State University, founded in 1890, is the oldest public HBCU in Georgia and is also the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. For 123 years, Savannah State has served its community while providing educational needs to its increasingly diverse student population.
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