18 March 2013
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 13:15
First Noyce Workshop: Saturday, September 21st, 8:15 am at YISD Central
Noyce Orientation Meeting Friday August 23rd at 1:00 pm.
Noyce Graduates Hired to Teach!
Five Noyce Scholars (Miguel Flores, Jonathon Hernandez, Omar Medrano, Diana Valles, and Kristine Vandal) braved the heat and joined Dr. H and Mr. Ernesto Herrera (EPISD Physics Coach) at UTEP's Indio Mountain Desert Research Station. While there they hiked, collected lizards, handled rattlesnakes (safely, of course!), and applied statistics to the SVL (snout vent lengths) of a bunch of lizards. Pictures coming!
The Noyce Summer Internship Program was held the first two weeks in June. This was the third and final year for the Noyce Summer Internship Program. The remaining two years of the Noyce grant at UTEP will focus on producing more high quality mathematics and science teachers for local schools.
We have five graduates this Spring! Miguel Flores, Steve Garmon, Maria del Carmen Luevano, Francis Rios, and Yadira Valdez. Hearty congratulations!!
To this good news we add: fifteen applicants for next year's Noyce cohort. This is the most ever.
And finally, even more good news: fifteen applicants for the Noyce Interships. This is also the most ever!!
Dr. H and Isla Porras attended the national Noyce meeting in Washington DC at the end of May, where they spent some time with Alexander Hagedorn, Dr. H's son, and Noyce Scholar at Texas Tech.
Three of our Spring 2013 graduates. From left to right, Yadira Valdez, Dr. H, Miguel Flores, and Francis Rios. Not shown: Maria del Carmen Luevano and Steven Garmon.
Why is Noyce needed?
Nationwide there are more than 20,000 physics teachers, but only a third have a degree in either physics or physics education, and the rest have at most a set of introductory courses, according to the American Physical Society. While the statistics are not as dire for the other sciences and mathematics, nationally and regionally there is still great need for more high school chemistry, biology and mathematics teachers.The University of Texas at El Paso is on its way to changing those statistics and meeting local needs thanks to a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The funds establish the Robert Noyce Scholarships for Teaching Miners. This project provides $10,000 per year scholarships for selected juniors and seniors majoring in science and mathematics who choose to pursue a minor in secondary education and seek a high school teacher certification. Our local school district partners, EPISD and YISD, are committed to partnering with UTEP in not only preparing strong science & mathematics teachers but providing special mentoring and support when they are hired by either of these districts. See also: UTEP works to close science teacher shortage.
Congratulations to Four New Graduates!
From left to right: Fernando Villa, Miguel Valles, Miriam Esparza, and Nancy Aguirre.
Congratulations To Our First Graduate!
Wendy Chavez Aragones received her B.S. in Mathematics with a Minor in Secondary Education in May, 2012. She received her teacher certification in August and is currently teaching mathematics at Hanks High School!!
2012-2013 Noyce Scholars Have Been Selected!
Congratulations to: Christina Garcia, Jonathon Hernandez, Omar Medrano, Angel Yglecias, Ignacio Sandoval, Armando Marmolejo, Adrian Perez, Jessica Adauto, Diana Valles.
Noyce Events 2012
Noyce Scholars Meetings During Fall 2011
Noyce Scholars for 2011-2012 Selected
2011 Noyce Summer Interns
2010-2011 Noyce Scholars Experience Inquiry Science