The Noyce Border Scholars program builds upon strong partnerships that were previously established through a UAS Transition to Teaching grant among neighboring school districts throughout Southern Arizona. NSF funding has allowed UA to provide scholarships and stipends to STEM teachers over the five-year grant term. The program recruited recent STEM graduates as well as STEM professionals who were looking for a change of career. Scholars completed a UAS Master’s in Education, while serving in one of 13 high-need school districts in Cochise, Santa Cruz, or Pima Counties; leading to an Arizona Department of Education Provisional Teaching Certificate. The grant provided opportunities for the Scholars to participate in field experiences at UA’s Biosphere 2. Cochise College instructors, in tandem with UAS and UA Biosphere 2 faculty implemented an innovative and enriched STEM curriculum for Mathematics teachers. The grant is currently in its final year of programming and is not accepting new applicants.
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