FAQs

Who is eligible for the Noyce Scholarship?

  • UM Double Major in STEM and STEM Education – UM junior/senior undergraduate double majoring in a STEM field and Secondary Math Education or Secondary Science Education.
  • UM STEM Major – UM junior/senior undergraduate majoring in a STEM field (only) with the desire to obtain a master’s degree that will lead to teacher certification (i.e. MACI program).
  • Recruited STEM Graduate – STEM graduate from other four-year institution who wishes to obtain teacher certification in science or mathematics may enroll in the MACI program at UM.
  • STEM Professional – Professional holding a degree in a STEM field who is currently or has been employed in a STEM field and now seeks to become a secondary education teacher can apply for the Noyce and enroll in the MACI program.

What is considered a STEM field?

The term “STEM” (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) can vary in meaning among university programs. To determine eligibility for the UM/Noyce TNT Scholarship Program, you may review the STEM classifications as provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The University of Mississippi has over 15 STEM fields that correspond with NSF’s STEM degree listing. However, a degree-holding student of any of NSF’s STEM degree programs may apply for the UM/Noyce TNT Scholarship Program.

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What teaching certification programs can I be enrolled if applying for the Noyce scholarship as a UM Double Major in STEM and STEM Education or as a UM STEM Major?

The Noyce TNT Scholarship Program works with The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Online Program which is an alternate route certification program through the University of Mississippi’s School of Education.  

The Noyce TNT Scholarship Program also works with the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program (METP) which is a dual degree program for students majoring in mathematics and mathematics education or in science and science education.  The mathematics education and science education programs lead to teacher certification.

How much is the scholarship and what is the duration?

  • Scholarship Amount:  Up to $10,000 per term, not to exceed $20,000 per year, and no individual may receive an award for any term that exceeds the cost of attendance outlined by the University of Mississippi. Awards are only offered during the Fall, Spring, and Full Summer (1st and 2nd summer) terms with a combined total hours that meet eligibility requirements
  • Scholarship Duration:  A Noyce Scholar may receive a scholarship award up to 3 years (maximum of 2 terms per year); however, each term is dependant upon the student’s eligibility and availability of scholarship funds.

What is considered a term?

A term is defined as one semester.  Fall, Spring, and Full Summer (1st and 2nd summer) are each considered a term.

What is Cost of Attendance?

Cost of attendance is an estimate of tuition and fees, room and board, and other costs for the period of enrollment covered by the loan, as determined by the school. The cost of attendance for the University of Mississippi can be obtained from the UM Office of Financial Aid.  https://finaid.olemiss.edu/

What are the expectations of the UM/Noyce TNT Program?

Required participation in existing CMSE programs and activities will be essential to the preparation and success of the future educator.  Each scholar will be guided and instructed on how to participate in the following:

  • Participate in virtual learning communities (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with other UM/Noyce TNT scholars
  • Participate in monthly mathematics or science education research seminars
  • Partner with a current STEM ambassador to volunteer at a local school
  • Attend state and local mathematics or science teacher conferences
  • Participate in one week of summer math or science camp for K-12 students

What are the expectations of UM/Noyce TNT scholar graduates?

  • Teach in any Mississippi school (or in a high-need school district in any other state) for one year for each term funding was received
  • Provide up-to-date contact information
  • Provide verification of teaching assignment
  • Participate in data collection to measure the effectiveness of the UM/Noyce TNT program

What happens if I fail to comply after graduation?

If a Noyce Scholar fails to comply with the agreement:

  • Funding becomes a loan that must be repaid
  • All funds received will be repaid via monthly payments plus 3% interest until full amount is recovered.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1240085. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

For any other questions, please contact April via email at amkilpat@olemiss.edu.