KSU receives $2.85 million NSF grant
Grant will fund scholarships to recruit, train chemistry and physics teachers
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept…
(Sep 2, 2010) —
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 2, 2010) — Kennesaw State University has received a $2.85 million grant from National Science
Foundation to help meet a growing need for highly qualified middle and high school
science teachers locally and nationally.
Through the NSF’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, KSU’s College of Science
and Mathematics will create the Recruiting and Retaining Teacher Leaders in Physics
and Chemistry project.
The project is designed to recruit professionals currently working in science and
math careers to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching. The scholarship program will also
reach out to science teachers with at least three years of experience for a leadership
Using money from the federal economic stimulus package, both initiatives are designed
to prepare better science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers.
Charles Amlaner, vice president for research and dean of the graduate college, said
there is a critical need for teachers proficient in STEM disciplines at the state
and national level. “This is ten times the size of an average NSF grant because the
need is that great,”Amlaner said. “KSU has been answering that need for at least 10
years, and now this grant positions the university as a national leader in STEM teacher
Starting in December, KSU will use the $2.85 million to recruit 32 participants, provide
scholarships and develop a teacher leadership program, said Greg Rushton, an associate
professor of chemistry who also directs the project.
Noyce Teaching Fellows can receive a maximum of $50,000 and are required to work in
a Georgia high-needs school district for at least four years. Noyce Master Teaching
Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend each year for five years for professional development.
Teachers will come from five regional school districts – Cobb, Paulding, Fulton, Gwinnett,
as well as Atlanta Public Schools.
“This project will help address Georgia’s critical shortage of secondary physics and
chemistry teachers by developing a pipeline of STEM professionals into teaching careers,”
Rushton said. “It also capitalizes on KSU’s strong institutional commitment to the
state’s K-12 community and the faculty whose passion and expertise are devoted to
its teachers and students.”
The Georgia Institute of Technology is an institutional partner along with the Metropolitan
Regional Educational Service Agency. The American Chemical Society will market the
scholarship project to its 161,000 members.
The current grant is KSU’s largest Noyce award and will continue the success of two
previous grants. In the 2009-2010 academic year, approximately 15 STEM teachers participating
in Noyce scholarship funded programs at KSU will complete their initial teaching certification
In 2008, Rushton received $750,000 to recruit and train physics and chemistry teachers
among KSU and Georgia Tech undergraduate STEM majors. Additional funding was later
added to include biology majors.
Desha Williams, assistant professor of math education at KSU’s Bagwell College of
Education, received the second Noyce grant in 2009. She is using the $896,000 award
for the Increasing Mathematics Teachers for ALL Students program to train middle and
high school math teachers to work with culturally diverse students. In its second
year, IMTAS is on track to surpass its goal of training 36 teachers.
The NSF’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program provides funding to institutions
of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends and support to recruit and prepare
STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers.
For more information about the Recruiting and Retaining Teacher Leaders in Physics
and Chemistry project, contact professor Rushton at email@example.com
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.