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SUNO receives $1.2 Million NSF Grant to Recruit and Produce STEM Teachers

NEW ORLEANS, LA – A $1.2 million federal grant has been awarded to Southern University at New Orleans in an effort to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers in what SUNO described as “high-need schools.”

In a press release from the university, The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded SUNO a five-year $1.2 million Robert Noyce grant for a project. SUNO will collaborate with John Ehret High School and Brookhaven National Lab to recruit, support and certify 22 STEM teachers. Recruitment activities will focus on the pool of qualified SUNO undergraduate STEM students enrolled in the Department of Natural Sciences. The project will span from May 2018 through April 2023.

The program activities are excepted to include the following:

1. Early exposure of prospective teachers to high-need schools
2. Seminar series on Characteristics of Highly Effective STEM Teachers
3. Science fair for high school students to attract students to STEM fields and their teachers to teacher certification programs
4. Praxis I & II preparation
5. Post-certification mentoring of new STEM teachers by content faculty mentors.

The project leadership consists of Principal Investigator Dr. Cynthia Singleton (Mathematics), and Co-PIs Dr. Joe Omojola (Mathematics and Physics), Dr. Murty Kambhampati (Biology) and Dr. Louise Kaltenbaugh (Education).

“These experienced faculty members have collaborated successfully on many projects at departmental, college and university levels, including grant writing, committee assignments, and curriculum developments,” said SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin. “They are very passionate about STEM education. I congratulate them for their hard work, commitment and dedication to developing future STEM teachers.”

According to nola.com, SUNO’s project comes amid a statewide push to recruit more teachers. According to teaching certification date provided by the Orleans Parish School Board from the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrator, fewer teaching certification has been issued in Louisiana during a four-year period from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17 school year.

For more information about the Robert Noyce grant project, visit www.suno.edu.

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