In 2014 the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Noyce Scholarship Program will complete the 5th year of its Noyce program. The program has been granted a no-cost extension for 2014-15 and will continue to recruit scholars and support its current awardees. The goal of our project was to increase the number of math and science majors completing a teaching certification program and taking positions in high need school districts. The goals and structure of a liberal arts education make it difficult for students to complete the extensive requirements for certification in four years. Bryn Mawr and Haverford developed a fifth-year option whereby students who received their A.B. degree could complete their remaining education requirements and carry out their student teaching in a postgraduate year.
In addition, appealing to our student populations’ desire to attain advanced degrees, we entered into a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Students receiving the Noyce Scholarship from Bryn Mawr or Haverford can now use their award to attend Penn and receive a Master’s degree along with their teaching certification.
Over the past five years, we have increased the number of students going into STEM teaching by 100%. There are currently 11 Bryn Mawr/Haverford Noyce Scholars with a likelihood of adding an additional scholars to our Noyce family in Fall 2014. Our scholars are at various stages of program completion, some still getting their undergraduate degree, others in their certification year and some teaching. Our scholars meet on a regular basis to discuss their teaching experiences, to participate in professional development and to support each other with resources and a listening ear. Those with teaching positions benefit for their first two years of practice from mentors provided by our partners at PEF/PTR. Many of them attend PRNP sponsored events as well as Noyce national and regional conferences.
Learn more about the Bryn Mawr/Haverford College Education Program here.
Bryn Mawr/Haverford’s representative to the Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership is Principal Investigator Dr. Victor Donnay, William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair of Mathematics.