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Science and Mathematics Education Institute (SMEI)
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Custer Hall 241
Phone: 785-628-5449

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National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship

Noyce Teacher Leader Program

NSF LogoThe Noyce Teacher-Leader program is a competitive scholarship program for students who have obtained at least junior-level status. The Noyce Teacher Leader program is more than just a scholarship - it is preparation to become an outstanding science or mathematics teacher serving in a high-needs district. Individuals selected for one of the seven $13,000 scholarships (renewable for a second year) will receive specialized coursework such as teaching using distance learning technologies, leadership, and professional development on issues facing high needs schools. In addition to preparation for teaching, additional resources are provided to support undergraduate research experiences, travel to conferences, and support over the first three years of teaching to transition from student to a Teacher-Leader in science or mathematics in the employing district.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, geosciences, or mathematics with at least a junior-level status are eligible to apply.

What are my obligations?

  • Complete a major in a science or mathematics discipline and a major in secondary or elementary education.
  • Participate in Noyce Teacher-Leader activities during the academic year.
  • Enroll in the Noyce Teacher-Leader certificate courses available each semester.
  • Complete two-years of teaching in a high needs district for each year a scholarship is accepted within eight years of program completion.

Where do I get an application?

Noyce Scholarship Application Form- - application deadline February 15, 2019
Noyce Reference Form


The National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is designed to increase the supply of highly qualified middle and high school teachers (grades 6-12) in mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.

The Noyce Scholarship program at Fort Hays State University offers two levels of support for prospective teachers.

  • The Noyce Teacher-Leader program provides financial support for juniors and seniors majoring in science and mathematics fields who are pursuing a teaching career.
  • The Noyce Summer Scholar program provides paid opportunities for students to experience teaching science and mathematics in informal settings such as camps and outreach programs prior to formally pursuing a career in teaching.

Noyce Summer Scholar Program

Students who have completed at least their freshman year are eligible to apply to be a Noyce Summer Scholar. The Summer Scholar program provides a five week stipend at $550 a week ($2,750) to work in the FHSU Science and Mathematics Education Institute with its summer programs for area youth. Summer Scholars will be engaged in teaching and educational outreach in science, mathematics, and technology. Additionally these individuals will have the opportunity to talk with master teachers about careers in teaching. The program is open to FHSU students, community college students, and students considering transferring to FHSU to enter the teaching profession. Selected students will need to either be a STEM major or intending to become a STEM major and an interest in exploring the world of science and mathematics teaching.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students in a science or mathematics field with interest in teaching as a possible careers

What are my obligations?

  • Teach in an informal science setting during the five weeks of the program.
  • Pass background check.

Where do I get an application?

  • Noyce Summer Application 
  • Applications must be submitted directly to Noyce Summer Application, Attn: Ann Noble, 600 Park St, Hays, KS 67601.  The application deadline is March 8, 2019.

Noyce Contact Faculty

Paul Adams
Dr. Paul Adams
Science & Mathematics Education Institute                                                             

Bill Weber
Dr. Bill Weber

Janet Stramel
Dr. Janet Stramel
Teacher Education

Ann Noble
Ms. Ann Noble
Science & Mathematics Education Institute

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