Noyce Undergraduate Research Experience (NURE)

The Noyce Undergraduate Research Experience (NURE) program is an eight week summer research opportunity for students who have completed their first, second, or third years at Stonehill College. Selected NURE Scholars work full-time alongside Noyce Project Team members on substantial research projects related to mathematics and/or mathematics education. These paid opportunities are available to all declared mathematics majors as well as all declared educational licensure candidates. 

NURE is an initiative supported through a grant to Stonehill College from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Opportunities Available for Summer 2015


Analyzing Volatility in Growth Measures

  • Faculty Advisor: Eugene Quinn

The secretary of education is on record as favoring evaluation of teachers and awarding of merit pay based on student growth, and has acknowledged the need for more research on growth measures. Approximately half of all states now use the Colorado growth model (Student Growth Percentile or SGP) which uses a complex model to estimate a percentile ranking for each student compared to peers with similar historical test scores. The SGP software provides only point estimates.

During this 8-week summer research project we will continue the work started during the summer of 2014 examining the variability of SGP growth scores using simulated MCAS scores for a grade-sized cohort (70,000 students). Advanced knowledge of statistics/statistics software is NOT a prerequisite.


How to Apply

Download and complete the Noyce Undergraduate Research Experience Application. Print completed application. Sign and submit completed application to Karen L. Anderson, Education Department (E104). Late applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline

Applications for NURE are due by noon on the first Friday in November. Selected candidates will be notified via email and are then required to work collaboratively with the appropriate faculty advisors and other research team members to craft a full SURE proposal in accordance SURE requirements and deadlines.