Noyce STEM Educator Program

The Noyce STEM Educator Scholarship provides scholarships for qualifying students who major in Biology or Mathematics with Secondary Licensure at USF. Scholarships are awarded for the final three years of the 4+1 program.

Noyce Scholarship recipients are required to teach in a high needs school for four (4) years after graduation. Scholars are selected based on qualities that indicate their potential to become exemplary teachers.

The Noyce STEM Educator Scholarship is made possible through the generous support of the National Science Foundation. Its goal is to help recruit, prepare, place, and mentor excellent STEM educators in high needs schools in Joliet and the surrounding communities.

The Three-Year Noyce STEM Educator Scholarship provides:

  • Tuition and fees up to $12,000 per year of unmet need, as determined by FAFSA
  • Opportunities for STEM teaching and research experience, with a stipend of up to $2000 for at least one summer
  • Funding for conference travel in the senior year
  • Advising support for academic and professional success
  • Mentoring for new teachers for their first two years

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have junior standing at USF for the academic year for which the application is being completed*
  • Majoring in Biology or Mathematics, with Secondary Licensure
  • Have earned a grade point average of 3.0/4.0 in both content area and education courses
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen

*Applicants can complete the first two years of their degree program either at USF, a community college or other accredited institution. Transfer students must have applied for admission to the university at the time the application is submitted, and must be admitted to USF to be eligible for the scholarship.

Special consideration given to first-generation college students and groups underrepresented in STEM fields.

To maintain eligibility, recipients must:

  • Enroll in the 4+1 program (BS/M.Ed) in either Science: Biology with Secondary Licensure or Mathematics with Secondary Licensure
  • Remain a student of strong academic standing (3.0 GPA) and successfully proceed through program assessment levels
  • Complete summer teaching and/or research opportunities during at least one summer
  • Engage in at least one STEM service project
  • Be available to represent the University of St. Francis as a Noyce STEM Educator scholarship recipient
  • Commit to teaching in a high needs school for four (4) years
  • Actively participate in the Noyce New Teacher Professional Learning Committee during first two years of teaching

CLICK HERE for a list of scholarships available for candidates’ first and second years at USF.

Noyce Scholarship recipients are required to teach in a high needs school for four (4) years after graduation. Scholars are selected based on qualities that indicate their potential to become exemplary teachers.

High Need Schools:

In accordance with section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021), the term “high needs local educational agency” means a district that serves an elementary or secondary school with high percentages of one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Students from families with low incomes
  2. Secondary school teachers teaching in a content area not included in their license or endorsements
  3. Teacher turnover

This information can usually be obtained via the School Report Card; Click here to find schools in Illinois.

Use our USF Transfer Guides to determine what courses to take for programs in Mathematics/Secondary Education and Science/Secondary Education.

Noyce Scholar News

When Life Hands You Lemons: Pandemic Creates Opportunity

Like most institutions and schools, the University of St. Francis closed its campus in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, several STEM Service Learning projects scheduled for spring as well as the STEM camp planned for the summer were canceled.

Rather than throwing in the towel, the USF Noyce Team pivoted, with an eye toward helping teachers struggling with teaching STEM topics in a remote environment. Read the entire story (and much more) in our inaugural annual newsletter!

Integrated STEM Units

By Ashley Hatz, USF Noyce Scholar

  • Module 1: Solving Linear Equations
  • Module 2: Systems of Equations
  • Module 3: Solving Quadratic Equations.

Access here  (OER Commons)

By Lissett Leija, USF Noyce Scholar

Two modules with days of instruction and homework problems.

  • Module 1: Systems of Equations (with Geogebra assessment)
  • Module 2: Solving Equations (with Jeopardy style game). 

Access here (OER Commons)

By Bobbi Herrera, USF Noyce Scholar

  • Evolution: students will learn about descent with modification, evidence for evolution, and natural selection. Access here (OER Commons)
  • How Organisms Grow and Develop: students will learn about the cell cycle, structure of DNA, DNA replication, and mitosis. Access here (OER Commons)
  • Gene Expression: students will learn how our DNA encodes for our characteristics, specifically through the steps of transcription and translation. Access here (OER Commons)

By Lizbeth Perez, USF Noyce Scholar

Each module is designed to be completed in five days:

  • Module 1: Surface Area, Volume, and Density
  • Module 2: Slope and Technology

Access here (OER Commons).

By Seth Diaz, USF Noyce Scholar

Four modules covering Newton’s Laws of Motion:

  • Module 1: Newton’s Laws of Motion 
  • Module 2: Discovery of Newton’s Law of Gravitation 
  • Module 3: Momentum of a Zero Net Force System
  • Module 4: Collision Laboratory 

Access here (OER Commons)  

Additional Resources

University of St. Francis Noyce STEM Educator Program at

 GRANT #1775631