Noyce Scholars Summer Practicum for STEM Teacher Preparation

Lewis University Noyce Scholars Summer Practicum for STEM Teacher Preparation

Published: November 27, 2017.

Five Noyce scholars completed an eight-week practicum this summer, as part of the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program to better prepare undergraduate majors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to become 6-12th grade mathematics or science teachers.

The scholars participated in activities with STEM faculty and and/or STEM educational professionals working in the community, discovering how research translates into practice in the real world and how it can be applied to their future classrooms.

“I was able to see first-hand how much math and science are used daily in certain career fields,” commented Emily Pearson of Joliet. She served along with Elizabeth Geier of Lemont at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. “At Midewin, I learned how math equations are used in seed planting and collecting and how important it is to the job.”

“I was responsible for researching and creating an exhibit for the STEM fields behind firefighting,” said Maisa Abu-Mallouh of Romeoville, while working at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. “The Noyce program has helped me to learn several pedagogical techniques that I can bring into the classroom."

Other Noyce scholars that participated in the internships included Caitlyn Moeller of Palos Heights, who served in the education department of Argonne National Laboratory. Joe Garcia of Cicero conducted granola research at Schulz & Burch Biscuit Company.

Three main components of the Lewis University Noyce Scholar program include scholarships, quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher preparation and collaboration with community partners. The Noyce Scholar program builds upon Lewis University’s middle and secondary math and science teacher education program, which is steeped in comprehensive science content and high-impact pedagogical practices.

Noyce Scholars work with a mentor during their coursework at Lewis University and continue the professional development relationship for two years after graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Dorene Huvaere, division chair for Educational Studies, at huvaerdo@lewisu.edu or (815)836-5885.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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