SMART (Science and Math: Academics, Research, and Teaching) Program

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PhysiologyCaldwell University’s SMART Program, funded by the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will help meet the local and national need for high school teachers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by providing scholarships and support to students aiming to teach biology, chemistry, or math at the secondary level.

SMART Program Scholars will receive at least $16,000 in scholarship funds for each of their last two years at Caldwell as they pursue a degree in secondary education and a degree in biology, chemistry, or math. In addition, SMART Scholars will:

• Be eligible for summer course stipends
• Be mentored by faculty in both science/math and in education
• Be trained in a “Doing and Teaching” philosophy in STEM
• Gain teaching experience in high needs school districts and be prepared to teach diverse groups of students
• Develop multimedia instructional materials through our “Create to Educate” program
• Be exposed to many opportunities for professional development

SMART Scholars are required, for each year they are on scholarship, to teach for two years at a high needs public school district after they graduate. Caldwell science/math and education faculty will continue to mentor scholars as they gain teaching experience.

SMART Scholarship applicants must:

1. Be a Caldwell University student or a student transferring from a community college;
2. Major (or intend to major) in biology, chemistry, or mathematics, and in education;
3. Have at least sophomore standing;
4. Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale);
5. Have a STEM GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4-point scale);
6. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.

To apply, click on the link below. You will be asked to provide the following:

• Official transcripts of all college courses
• A resume
• A personal letter of intent
• At least two letters of recommendation
• Financial aid forms and information
• For community college students, a completed transfer application

NSF logoThis program is supported by award 1950073 from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.