NURE: Noyce Undergraduate Research Experience

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 2016

Analyzing Volatility in Growth Measures

  • Advisor: Eugene Quinn, Ph.D.

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. Despite the fact that they are based on complicated mathematical models, the results are often taken at face value with little validation of the underlying models.

During this 8-week summer research project we will build on the work performed during the summers of 2014 and 2015 to examine the operational characteristics of several mathematical models used to compute growth scores. Our study will utilize simulation as well as the characterization of growth measures in terms of conditional probability we developed in 2015. Advanced knowledge of statistics/statistics software is NOT a prerequisite.

Examining the Mathematical Quality of Instruction

  • Advisor: Katherine Marin, Ph.D.

Americans are focused on the quality of the country’s teaching force, as measured by teacher knowledge, instructional quality, and student achievement. Alongside this intense focus on teacher quality is the shift in K–12 mathematics education caused by the mass adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) in 42 states. The adoption of the CCSSM is influencing the content and quality of mathematics instruction in public and private schools. In order to successfully prepare children to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), teachers need knowledge and instructional skills that reflect the depth of the standards.

The focus of this summer research is to build a library of mathematics instruction videos that demonstrate the qualities of high quality mathematics instruction in elementary and secondary classrooms. These videos will be used in future Stonehill classes, research, and professional development for in-service teachers. Students will work on editing, transcribing, coding and categorizing videos. They will learn to use the Mathematical Quality of Instruction tool for classroom observation and the codification of mathematics instruction with a focus on the triangular relationship between students, teachers, and mathematical content.

How to Apply

  • Download and complete the NURE application, then print the entire document.
  • Sign and submit the completed application to Karen L. Anderson, Education Department (E104).
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Electronic applications will only be accepted by students who are abroad/interning domestically at the time the applications are due.
  • Students may apply for more than one program. However, PLEASE COMPLETE A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH.

Application Deadline:

Applications for NURE are due by noon on the first Friday in November. Selected candidates will be notified via email