News Release: Carthage receives $1.2M to recruit STEM teachers

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News Release: Carthage receives $1.2M to recruit STEM teachers

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KENOSHA, Wis. – The National Science Foundation has awarded Carthage College about $1.2 million to recruit strong STEM students to fill gaps in the high school teaching field.

With this grant from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Carthage can provide partial scholarships for up to 26 students over the next five years. The program is open to enrolled students majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics.
The U.S. Department of Education reports an acute shortage of high school teachers in mathematics and the sciences throughout Wisconsin and much of the Midwest.
Besides graduate school, science and math faculty need to promote secondary teaching as a desirable and fulfilling career for top STEM students, says Julie Dahlstrom, director of the Carthage Noyce Scholarship program and chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department.
She likens it to a farmer’s long-term mindset: “You hold back some of the seeds from the healthiest crop to ensure a good crop next year.”
Selected students agree to complete either a secondary education minor or the college’s Accelerated Certification for Teachers program. Each participant can receive up to two years of scholarship support, rising from $16,000 to $20,000 per year over the life of the grant.
For each year of funding, a student commits to two years of teaching in a high-need school. Partnering with schools in the Kenosha Unified district, Carthage aims to equip STEM teachers for success in urban schools throughout the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.
In addition to coursework, scholarship recipients will complete a math or science project through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). They’ll also join a community of practice, with networking events, formal mentoring, retreats, and seminars.
The NSF funding also allows partnering science or math teachers to engage in short-term summer research projects guided by Carthage faculty. Interested middle or high school teachers can email the Noyce team at noyce@carthage.edu for details.
About Carthage: Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. A four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, Carthage has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.

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