The STEM Up NY Scholarship

  • Provides a $20,000 scholarship toward the undergraduate senior year at Clarkson.
  • Awards an additional $20,000 scholarship toward completing Clarkson's one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program in New York's Capital Region.
  • Supports aspiring teachers in preparing for and securing their first teaching positions. Some of the unique opportunities available to Noyce scholars include:
    • Research experience.
    • Early K-12 outreach experiences.
    • Network of scholars and support during induction year.
Noyce Scholars 2019-2020
2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients

Your Commitment

  • Complete your bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline
  • Pursue and complete Clarkson’s Master of Arts in Teaching program with a focus in one of the following subject areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, technology (K - 12), mathematics
  • Become certified to teach secondary education in your subject area.
  • Spend four years teaching a STEM subject in a high-need school district.

    “We know there’s a shortage of teachers in high-need urban and rural schools, where they also tend to have high turnover rates. The need is clear. We also know that many Clarkson students stay in STEM fields, but some realize that they also love working with people and want to become teachers. Those are the students this program was created for.” 

    — Seema Rivera, Assistant Professor

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Am I required to teach in New York State?

    A: You do not need to teach in New York State to fulfill your commitment. You can teach anywhere in the United States. 

    Q: Do I need to teach in a high-need school district for four consecutive years?

    A: No, you have up to 10 years after completing your MAT degree to fulfill your requirement of teaching for four years in a high-need school district.

    Q: What is a high-need school district?

    A: The National Science Foundation defines a “high-need” school district as a district with one or more schools characterized by at least one of the following:

    • A high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line.
    • A high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach.
    • A high teacher turnover rate.

    Q: Can I apply for the scholarship for just my MAT year (after you graduate from Clarkson Undergrad)?

    A: Yes, the scholarship can be for your senior year + MAT year or just your MAT year.  Each year is a $20k scholarship + 2 years of working in a high need school.  

    2020-2021 Scholars

    Corey, Senior 2019-2019 Noyce Scholar

    Corey Ryder
    2019-2021 Noyce Scholar
    Subject Area: Math 

    Marianne Brown

    Marianne Brown
    Subject Area: Biology 

    Andrew Sickles

    Andrew Sickles
    Subject Area: Math 

    Natalie Valla

    Natalie Valla
    Subject Area: Math 

    The STEM Up NY Team

    Associate Professor / Associate Director of the Institute for STEM Education
    Director of the Institute for STEM Education / Robert A. Plane Endowed Chair / Professor of Mathematics
    Professor of Physics & the Institute for STEM Education / Director of First Year Physics
    Associate Professor
    Associate Professor / Head of the Clarkson School / Associate Director Institute for STEM Education

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    The Clarkson MAT

    Clarkson's MAT program is a 38-credit, licensure-endorsing program that prepares you for the New York State teachers certification at the secondary level (7 - 12 grade). The coursework is focused around teaching and can be tailored to your subject of interest. Students who begin in the summer term (third week of June), can complete the degree within 12 months. 

    The MAT program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the New York State Education Department.

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    The Clarkson Teaching Residency

    MAT graduate candidates complete a half-day, year-long residency in a secondary school, taking full responsibility for at least two classes. 

    Our students graduate with confidence and hands on experience in the classroom built during an individually selected, full-year, mentored teaching residency included as part of the program.

    How to Apply

    Scholarship Eligibility

    To be eligible for the STEM Up NY scholarship, you must:

    • Be pursuing a bachelor's degree in a STEM field.
    • Meet the MAT admission requirements, which include:
      • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
      • Undergraduate liberal arts core, including courses in humanities/arts, writing/communication, social sciences, STEM and one semester of foreign language.
      • An Educational psychology undergraduate course.
    • Be dedicated to starting a teaching career in a STEM subject area.

    If you are interested in applying for the STEM Up NY scholarship, you should submit our inquiry form and indicate your interest in the Noyce program. One of the professors overseeing the program will get in touch with you to discuss the program and its requirements further.

    You should apply for the MAT program and STEM Up NY scholarship during your junior year at Clarkson. Your candidacy for the STEM Up NY scholarship is considered concurrently with your application for admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching program. 

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    MAT Application Requirements

    A complete MAT application consists of the following items:

    • Application form.
    • Resume and statement of purpose.
    • Letters of recommendation — three letters required.
    • Official transcripts.
    • Score of 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable).
    • Interview.
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