Noyce Scholarship Program Helps Address Nation’s Math Dilemma

November 12, 2015

As America struggles with declining mathematics scores and not enough mathematics teachers, the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at Stonehill is committed to increasing the number and quality of mathematics teachers (PK-12) working in high-needs schools.

The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NEAP) test aka “The Nation’s Report Card” released this week have widely reported that there was a first-time drop in math scores among fourth and eighth-grade students, drawing even more attention to the issue of math teacher deficiency in the country. 

In 2012, the Stonehill’s Education Department, in collaboration with Mathematics Department faculty, secured a $1.19 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to attract, prepare, and retain teachers in mathematics education, which has faced a critical shortage in recent years.

Earlier this semester, founding trustee at the Noyce Foundation, Penny Noyce visited the College to meet with past and present Stonehill Noyce Scholars along with current mathematics and education majors who may be eligible to apply for a Noyce Scholarship in the future.

Four members from the Class of 2015 represent the College’s first Noyce graduates. They include Jeanette Hogan and Allison Starring, who are now teaching at the O’Donnell Middle School in Stoughton, Molly Neubauer, who is teaching at Durfee High School in Fall River, and Renee Trudeau, who is currently teaching at Pembroke High School. Noyce Scholars have eight years to complete their required time teaching in high needs districts.

NSF’s Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is named in honor of Dr. Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name.

Penny Noyce, Robert’s daughter, has worked tirelessly over the past two decades to improve STEM education in grades K-12 in Massachusetts, serving as Co-Principal Investigator of two National Science Foundation-funded state initiatives and as a Board Member of several education non-profits.

For more information on the Noyce Scholarship, visit here.