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Noyce Scholarship

Deadline for 2011-2012 applications is April 16, 2012. The online application can be found in the pane to the left.

The USD Noyce Scholarship program aims to encourage talented science and mathematics majors, particularly those from under-represented groups, to consider teaching as a profession. Each Noyce Scholar can receive up to $22,500 per year for up to three years including junior and senior year in a science or math major and one year in a Masters program in The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). In addition to the scholarship, Noyce Scholars will also have the opportunity to participate in a paid internship related to teaching in high-needs areas. Noyce Scholars will be selected by consideration of academic achievement, under-representation and financial need. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis.

In compensation for receiving the scholarship, Noyce Scholars must agree to teach at least two years for each year of scholarship received in a high-needs school district. USD has formed partnerships with area school districts that fit the high-needs criteria and will work with USD to place Noyce Scholars in the field.

Minimum Requirements for consideration in the Noyce Scholarship Program:

  1. Have declared a major in science or math;
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and a minimum science/math GPA of 2.80;
  3. Have at most 60 units and 2 years to complete bachelors degree;
  4. Completion of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).

Application requirements:

  1. Complete the online application form including submission of your personal statement;
  2. Three letters of recommendation;
  3. Interview with a Noyce Senior member.

Further Information:

Once selected, Noyce Scholars will be mentored by the Noyce team leader in his or her department. The Noyce team consists of:

  • Dr. Lisa Baird – Biology (
  • Dr. Jane Friedman – Mathematics (
  • Dr. Jeremy Kua – Chemistry/Physics (
  • Dr. Joi Spencer – SOLES ( – coordinator for Masters Programs and Credentialing.

Each Noyce Scholar will work with his or her mentor to determine a course of study to best prepare for a future career in education. In addition, mentors and scholars will work together to determine activities to both fulfill the internship requirement of the program as well as to develop strong skills dealing with children, especially in high-needs areas. Highlighted possibilities include activities related to USD’s Center for Community Service-Learning, the Ocean Discovery Institute, the Math Center, and the Mater Dei Catholic High School.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Baird ( or the Noyce team leader in your area.