College of the beautiful UVM Campus including Billings Library, Williams Science Hall, and Old Mill tower.

"As a Noyce Scholar, I get to be a part of a supportive community of STEM educators who are just as passionate about exploring, understanding, and sharing the world with others as I am. Vermont's progressive educational philosophies, strong local community bonds, and accessibility to the outdoors made it an ideal place to get my education and lay down roots of my own."  - Josh Solomon

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program strives to address the shortage of qualified K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science educators teaching in underserved and underrepresented schools in the US. This competitive scholarship opportunity is available to graduate students accepted to our Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Program who are interested in teaching STEM in grades 7-12.

In-state students from Vermont are eligible for a scholarship in the amount of $20,000.00 per academic year. Out-of-state students are eligible for a scholarship in the amount of $32,000.00 per academic year. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a Noyce Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in a STEM field, including biology, chemistry, earth/geosciences, engineering, physics, mathematics and computer science.
  • Achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate and/or graduate STEM degree(s).
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, or permanent resident alien.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teach in a high need local educational agency for 2 years for every year of scholarship/stipend received within 4 years after graduation from the MAT program.

Noyce Scholars agree to achieve teacher certification in grades 7-12 science, math, or computer science education and gain a full-time teaching position within four (4) years of receipt of the MAT degree and certification in a high-need school district.

The term high-need local educational agency as defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021) means a local educational agency (for example, a school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following designations: a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line usually determined by the annual Agency of Education Free or Reduced Meals Report; a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; or a high teacher turnover rate.

How to Apply

We will utilize your resume, transcripts, and reference letters submitted as part of your MAT application for the Noyce Scholarship application. In addition, you will also need to submit the application materials specified in the application form:

Robert Noyce Scholarship Application Web Form

  • Meet some of our UVM Noyce Scholars

    Josh Solomon

    Josh Solomon

    Originally from suburban Maryland, I spent the last eleven years since graduating high school learning, working, and traveling across the globe hoping to find a place to call home and a profession to commit to long term.

    I received a B.A. in Geology from Colgate University in 2014. Since then, I worked as a geoscientist for a major corporation in Texas, a guide and naturalist for a coastal Alaskan based mountaineering and sea kayaking company, and the assistant director of Colgate University's Outdoor Education program. Now I’m pursuing my MAT at UVM as a way bridge my love of science and experiential education to bring meaningful and engaging learning experiences to public school science classrooms.

    Vermont's progressive educational philosophies, strong local community bonds, and accessibility to the outdoors made it an ideal place to get my education and lay down roots of my own. My student teaching position at the small rural Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol, Vermont as a ninth grade earth science teacher reinforces my beliefs that this program and this state were the right fit for me.

    As a Noyce Scholar, I get to be a part of a supportive community of STEM educators who are just as passionate about exploring, understanding, and sharing the world with others as I am.

    Amy Trivelpiece

    In 2019, I graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Until the spring of my senior year, I fully expected to pursue a higher degree in research biology. During my college summers, I worked as both a camp counselor and an outdoor educator in my small hometown of Bolinas, California. I really enjoyed passing on what I was learning in my biology classes to my campers, and finally realized that the part of biology that I loved the most was not the discoveries that I could make, but rather the discoveries I could guide others to make for themselves.

    After graduation, I spent my gap-year volunteering in four science classes at Port Angeles High School in Port Angeles, Washington. It was there that I solidified my ambition to become a teacher.

    Currently, I am a seventh grade science teacher interning at Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vermont. As a Noyce Scholar, I can impact the future of science education, and I will utilize what I learn from UVM’s MAT program to better my own teaching. But I feel that the most important role as a Noyce Scholar is to pass on my experience to better the teaching of those who follow me.

    In my spare time, I love to read either high fantasy novels or medical history nonfiction, and I also have a passion for the outdoors, video games, cooking, and birdwatching.

    NIck Patel

    Nick Patel

    After graduating with a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College in 2018, I worked in a variety of seasonal jobs. But the job I spent the most time at and that had the most impact on me was being a teaching assistant and research facilitator for undergraduate students in an immersive environmental science program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The incredibly meaningful and positive experience I had in this role inspired me to pursue UVM’s MAT program and become a science teacher.

    In my free time, I pursue many personal interests. Most involve getting outside and being active, but I also love reading, gardening, and playing games with friends.

Requirements

Secondary Education MAT Program Page

"I can impact the future of science education, and I will utilize what I learn from UVM’s MAT program to better my own teaching. But I feel that the most important role as a Noyce Scholar is to pass on my experience to better the teaching of those who follow me."  - Amy Trivelpiece

Questions?

Email: Secondary.MAT@uvm.edu