UF to offer scholarships for STEM education majors
Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Florida's College of Education a $1.2 million grant to offer scholarships for math and science majors who go into teaching careers.
According to a news release, the grant will fund scholarships worth $10,000 each for 50 undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math fields who commit to teaching at least two years in high-needs public school districts. The grant covers five years of funding.
The scholarships will go to UF students enrolled in UFTeach, a program where students teach in supervised classrooms in high-poverty schools.
In addition, 18 students will receive stipends of almost $5,000 each year for five years while interning in museums, zoos botanical parks and nature centers.
The College of Education has named this group of UFTeach students the STEM EduGators program.
Dimple Flesner, associate director of UFTeach and co-principal investigator of STEM EduGators, said in a statement the interns will have much to take away from their experiences.
"The informal teaching experience will help interns build their tool kit of ideas and teaching strengths and help them develop strategies for engaging a wide variety of learners in their classrooms," he said. "This type of awareness and insight cannot be easily gained in the traditional settings in which teachers learn."
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