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 2014

Developing Mathematical Connections: Laboratory, Field, Classroom & Home

Focus: Mathematics Education / Developing Instructional Materials

  • Faculty Advisor: Kathleen McNamara & Karen Anderson

Selected students will work collaboratively with professors McNamara and Anderson to create instructional materials focusing on mathematics content and concepts that bridge the gap between science in informal settings and both the home and school. The overarching purpose of this project is two-fold:

  1. to expose Stonehill College educational licensure candidates to informal science instruction while increasing their ability to design and deliver mathematics curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards; and
  2. to supplement the existing curriculum offered by several of our local educational partners. A portion of our time will be spent in the field working alongside our partners.

Analyzing Volatility in Standardized Test Scores

Focus: Statistical Analyses

  • Faculty Advisor: Eugene Quinn

There is currently a movement underway to directly link teacher performance with students’ standardized test scores. Yet, there is considerable volatility in measures derived from standardized test scores. What accounts for this volatility? Is it due to variation in differences between students? Is it due to variation to differences between schools and teachers?

This NURE project will use statistical analysis techniques to explore this question. For example, in 2012, the East Greenwich, RI middle and high schools received commendable ratings (the highest possible). In 2013, the high school slipped three levels to "warning" and the middle school slipped two levels. This year they each ranked first in the state in the science NECAP. Also, the percentage of "proficient" students on the NECAP science exam slipped 20% at one elementary school, but went up 20% at the middle school. Could this simply be explained by a group of unusually bright science students moving up to the middle school?

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.