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Nazareth Awarded Two NSF Grants Worth $1.3 M To Benefit Math & Science Scholars

  • Published: December 17, 2008

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Lynn O'Brien
Program Director

Nazareth Awarded Two NSF Grants Worth $1.3 M To Benefit Math & Science Scholars

Two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants worth $1.3 million combined are helping Nazareth College establish a pair of new scholarship programs that will strongly support students pursuing math and science education on the graduate and undergraduate level. The first NSF grant, (an S-STEM Scholarship program award) worth $600,000, will support the Nazareth College Science and Mathematics Scholars Program by providing financial aid to students pursuing undergraduate degrees at Nazareth in science (biology, biochemistry, chemistry) and mathematics. The second NSF grant, worth $750,000, is supporting the Nazareth College Robert Noyce Scholar Program, a collaboration between Nazareth’s School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, that will increase the number of math and science teachers committed to teaching in high-need K-12 schools. Nazareth is one of only ten institutions that received both the Robert Noyce and the S-STEM Scholarship program awards this year.

"Nazareth is deeply committed to math and science education," said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. "Every level of government has recognized that colleges must prepare more students in these fields in order for the U.S. to remain competitive in the global economy. The fact that the National Science Foundation recognized Nazareth for two major grants will enable the College to play an important role in ensuring that more students pursue studies in math and science as well as math and science teacher education."

For more information about the Science and Mathematics Scholars Program and the Robert Noyce Scholar Program, please visit and or call Lynn O'Brien, program director, at (585) 389-2583.

The Nazareth College Science and Mathematics Scholars Program provides scholarships to academically talented and financially needy mathematics and science undergraduate students while addressing the local and national shortage of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workers. A total of 52 scholarships (up to $10,000 per year) over the four-year course of the program will be awarded to full-time undergraduate students.

"The College is working with the Rochester City School District, local community colleges, and regional high schools to identify students interested in math and science," said Lynn O'Brien, Nazareth College chemistry professor and a co-project director. "Nazareth is excited to give this level of financial assistance and academic support programming to ensure the success of our future mathematicians and scientists."

The Nazareth College Robert Noyce Scholar Program provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate teacher education students enrolled in programs leading to certification in adolescence education (grades 7-12) in mathematics, biology and chemistry and in childhood/middle childhood education (grades 1-6) with majors in mathematics or sciences. The undergraduate scholarships are worth $12,000 per year for two years and the graduate stipends are $30,000 for one year.

"Nazareth students preparing for careers in math and science education have an amazing opportunity with the Robert Noyce Scholar Program," said Kathleen DaBoll-Lavoie, Nazareth's Chair of the Department of Inclusive Childhood Education and co-project director of the grants. "In addition to the generous financial support, the students will receive enhanced advisement, unique field placement partnerships and research opportunities. Nazareth is playing a crucial role in educating future math and science teachers at the childhood and adolescence levels."

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is a coeducational college with undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. The College is located on 150 scenic acres near Rochester, New York, and currently enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. Nazareth has a strong commitment to experience-based learning and civic engagement. In the past decade, Nazareth has produced 18 Fulbright recipients and two Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships.

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