USD Awarded $900,000 National Science Foundation Grant

Friday, August 21, 2009

Qualified mathematics and science teachers are often in short supply at high schools in Southern California, but a $900,000 grant will help the University of San Diego combat the shortage.

The grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program will fund scholarships and provide mentoring and other support for students, especially those from under-represented minority groups, to pursue careers in teaching.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to help boost the numbers of math and science teachers in San Diego and Southern California, where the shortage is particularly acute,” said Eric Page, a USD assistant professor of physics and the lead author of the grant.

The five-year grant will add 12 highly skilled new public high school teachers to the region and help place them in schools where they are especially needed. Recruitment will begin shortly for the first two students to start this fall. Four more will begin in 2010 and six in 2011. Students who receive the scholarships will commit to teach for up to six years in high-need high schools. (Full story on Inside USD)

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