The Carthage Noyce Scholarship (CNS) Program offers a community-building approach to preparing secondary science and math teachers. Students accepted into the program receive scholarships and training to be successful STEM teachers in high-needs schools.

Both nationally and locally in the Chicago-to-Milwaukee corridor, there is a need for highly trained teachers for sixth through 12th grades in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Carthage Noyce Scholarship Program provides scholarships to Carthage STEM majors as they obtain their degrees and prepare to teach STEM subjects in high-needs middle and high schools.

Noyce Scholarship Eligibility

Carthage students completing degrees in any of the following areas are eligible for $16,000 in scholarships each year for up to 2 years:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Physics

Opportunities for Noyce Scholars

Noyce scholars are recruited into a teaching licensure program with early teaching opportunities in Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) classrooms. Other opportunities available in the program that help prepare highly qualified STEM teachers in grades 6-12 include:

  • STEM teaching immersion in partnership with local KUSD classrooms during Carthage’s January Term.
  • 1-credit seminar classes offering field experiences in classrooms.
  • A colloquium series in innovative science teaching.
  • Authentic research with a Carthage faculty member and a KUSD partner teacher in Carthage’s well-established Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities through a community of STEM teaching practice, including task-oriented meetings, focused on curriculum development and two-day summer retreats with experienced KUSD teachers.

About the Noyce Scholarship Program

National Science Foundation logo This interdisciplinary and collaborative project is managed by Carthage faculty in the departments of Education, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. It will enhance and build upon Carthage College’s existing relationships with local grade 6-12 classrooms and will address the local and national need for training more secondary STEM teachers. The program also provides ongoing mentoring for scholars post-graduation and while in-service in high-needs schools.

The CNS is funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The duration of the program is five years, from June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2022. The grant will provide scholarships for up to 26 Carthage undergraduate STEM majors who intend to be secondary STEM teachers and commit to teaching in high-needs middle and high schools for two years post-graduation.

(This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DUE-1660620. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.)