Two VolsTeach Students Receive Noyce Scholarship

Two UT students have been awarded a Noyce Scholarship for the 2015–2016 school year for their outstanding performance in the classroom and commitment to the teaching profession.

Keaton Stamps, a senior majoring in mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences with a minor in VolsTeach, will receive a $24,000 scholarship, and Kirsten Salonga, a junior majoring in biology with a minor in VolsTeach, will receive an $18,000 scholarship.

Pictured from left to right are Susan Benner, Keaton Stamps, Kirsten Salonga, and Susan Riechert. Benner and Riechert are the VolsTeach co-directors.

Pictured from left to right are Susan Benner, Keaton Stamps, Kirsten Salonga, and Susan Riechert. Benner and Riechert are the VolsTeach co-directors.

“The VolsTeach program prepares STEM majors to make a difference in transforming the lives of Tennessee children,” said Susan E. Riechert, distinguished service professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. “These students have been awarded a Noyce Scholarship in recognition of the exceptional promise and dedication they have shown toward making math and science fascinating to children.”

The scholarships are part of a $1.2 million, five-year grant given to VolsTeach from the Robert Noyce Program of the National Science Foundation. VolsTeach aims to produce secondary math and science teachers to work in high-need school systems.

VolsTeach targets undergraduate math, science, and engineering majors interested in expanding their professional skills and exploring a career in secondary teaching. The program emphasizes early and ongoing field-based experiences.

The Tennessee Department of Education endorses the VolsTeach program to prepare highly qualified teachers to meet state and federal guidelines.

CONTACT:

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)