What does STEM mean?
Who is eligible?
How do I apply?
During what year can I apply for the Noyce Scholarship?
How do I submit reference letters?
How will a Noyce scholarship affect my financial aid?
I am a transfer student. Should I send my transcript from my transfer school?
When will I find out if I was chosen to receive the scholarship?
In the fall, applications will be reviewed beginning in mid-November. Strong applicants will beinvited for interview during early December. Awards will be announced in mid-December. In the spring, applications will be reviewed beginning in mid-April, and awards will be announced in mid-May.
What are some of the opportunities and experiences I’ll have as a Noyce Scholar?
What does “high need” mean?
The term “high-need district” is defined by the Federal Government for the purpose of this scholarship as a local educational agency that meets at least one of the following criteria:
Note that the criteria apply to the district, not a particular school. As long as any school in a district is high-need, the district is considered high-need. What this means practically is that, as of AY 2020-2021, most school districts in the San Diego and south Riverside region are high-need. Exceptions are Carlsbad, Coronado, Julian, Murrieta, Poway, and San Dieguito; and some elementary school districts such as Cardiff, Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, etc. You should look at the criteria at the time of employment. Once hired you will not be responsible to ensure that the district assigns you specifically to a school that meets any of these criteria.
Is there a list of schools that qualify?
No, however these resources can help you to identify high-needs districts:
Contact the Noyce Project Director at email@example.com to confirm your district of interest qualifies, or for further clarification.
Will I be assigned a school or district to work in?
What if I cannot find a job in a high-need school or decide to pursue another profession?
First and foremost, if you are actively seeking but having trouble finding a job in a high-need district, please contact the Noyce Project Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to be supportive and work together to create a manageable solution. In the scenario that you cannot find a job, we will consider your circumstances and develop a mutually agreeable solution, such as providing a brief amnesty period for meeting your commitment.
If you do not accept a job in a high-need district and have not contacted the Noyce Project Directors, your scholarship will be converted into a loan which you will pay back according to terms detailed in the agreement you signed prior to accepting the Noyce Scholarship.
How many years do I need to teach in a high-need school district?
For every full-year of scholarship received, you are required to teach, full-time and full-responsibility, in a high-need school district for two years. If you start to receive scholarship as an undergraduate, you have up to eight years to fulfill the teaching requirement after completing the credential program. If you receive scholarship during the credential program only, you have up to four years after completing the program to fulfill the teaching requirement.
You are expected to obtain a Single Subject teaching credential. We do NOT start counting the teaching service years until you earn an appropriate teaching certificate.
Do I have to teach in San Diego / locally?
Can I work in private or charter schools?
Am I only allowed to apply to high-need districts?
How is CSUSM's Noyce Program different from other programs with the same name?
The CSUSM Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is one of many similar programs located at colleges and universities across the country, all with the same name. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds each of these programs and all have the same goal of enhancing K-12 science and math education. However, the details of each program are determined to local faculty member who submits a proposal for NSF grant funding.
The CSUSM program has a focus to increase the number of undergraduate STEM students completing their CA Single Subject teaching credential at CSUSM. Features unique to the CSUSM program are the many early teaching opportunities, especially the LA Program, the STEM Service Learning Program, and the Math Circles we host.
Rong-Ji Chen is the Principal Investigator in charge of overseeing and administering the CSUSM grant.
Who is Robert Noyce?
Robert Noyce (1927-1990) was a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor (1957) and Intel (1968). He co-invented the integrated circuit or silicon microchip, which revolutionized the computer industry and gave Silicon Valley its name. Robert Noyce’s legacy lives on with the Noyce Foundation. The goal of the Noyce Foundation is to improve the quality of public math and science education and inspire the next generation scientists and engineers. The Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship is funded through the National Science Foundation.
For more information:
Also see the FAQ at the NSF site.
I still have questions. Who should I contact for more information?