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The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is a grant funded through the National Science Foundation to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors and professionals to become certified secondary (grades 7-12) science and math teachers.

The Mesa Community College Education Studies Department in conjunction with the Northern Arizona University Center for Science Teaching and Learning jointly facilitate the NAU Noyce Fellows grant, September 2010 - August 2015 (Phase I) with an extension to use remaining funds by July 2016.

MCC oversees paid Noyce internships in STEM-focused, K-12 summer youth camps in order to provide college freshmen and sophomores with backgrounds in STEM subjects and an interest in teaching a chance to observe and engage in STEM education.

NAU oversees juniors, seniors, and post-baccalaureate students that are selected for substantial Noyce Fellows scholarships and are enrolled in an NAUTeach secondary education STEM teacher certification program.

2016 Noyce Summer Intern Program Partners

  • TEMPE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT -- Tempe
    • Summer Math Academy
  • ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER -- Phoenix
    • Camp Innovation

Q) What do Noyce interns do?

The STEM youth camps are staffed with experienced instructors.  Noyce interns assist the instructors with demonstrations, outdoor education, field or lab investigations, designing instruction, small group instruction, one-on-one instruction, tutoring, and assisting with set up /clean up.

Q) How much are Noyce interns paid?

Intern stipends are calculated at $15 per hour.  The total stipend amount depends on the needs of the individual youth camps that the interns are placed in.  The 2016 stipends are $1207-$1380, depending on internship placement. 

Q) When are the Noyce summer internships?

OPTION #1 Tempe Union High School District – SUMMER MATH ACADEMY [Group A] – Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St, Phoenix 85048

  • The academy serves students 4th – 9th grades that are moving ahead, remediating or previewing the class while possibly earning school math requirements. [Group A] will assist 6th grade math, pre-algebra, and linear algebra classes.
  • May 20 (Fri), approximately 1:00-3:00pm = camp training at Desert Vista HS ($30.00). 
  • May 23 (Mon), 9:00-11:30am = Noyce Intern Orientation at MCC, room SC16N ($37.50).  
  • May 25-June 29 (Mon-Fri) 3.5 hours / day between 7:45-11:30am = youth camp ($1,312.50).
  • [Maximum stipend = $1,380.00 for 92 hours total]  Intern placements available = 2.

OPTION #2 Tempe Union High School District – SUMMER MATH ACADEMY [Group B] – Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St, Phoenix 85048

  • The academy serves students 4th – 9th grade that are moving ahead, remediating or previewing the class while possibly earning school math requirements. [Group B] will assist with algebra and honors geometry classes.
  • May 20 (Fri), approximately 1:00-3:00pm = camp training at Desert Vista HS ($30.00). 
  • May 23 (Mon), 9:00-11:30am = Noyce Intern Orientation at MCC, room SC16N ($37.50).  
  • May 25-June 29 (Mon-Fri) 3.5 hours / day between 7:30am-12:40pm = youth camp ($1,312.50).
  • [Maximum stipend = $1,380.00 for 92 hours total]  Intern placements available = 3.


OPTION #3 Arizona Science Center – CAMP INNOVATION – ASC, 600 E Washington St, Phoenix 85004

  • Camp Innovation offers exciting activities for youth ages 3-14. This summer's camp titles include BMI @ BNI, Camp Code, Creature Feature, Crime Scene Investigations, Future Leaders in Science, Little Engineers, Masters of Disaster, STEAM-Y Summer Science, SWIFT Weather Camp, Wheel of Science, and Wildly Weird Animals.
  • May 23 (Mon), 9:00-11:30am = Noyce Intern Orientation at MCC, room SC16N ($37.50).  
  • TBD: 3 hours between May 31-June 3 = camp training at Arizona Science Center ($45). 
  • June 6-24 (Mon-Fri), 5 hours / day between 8:30am-4:00pm + extended hours = youth camp ($1,125.00). 
  • [Maximum stipend = $1,207.50 for 80.5 hours total]  Intern placements available = 5.
     

Q) What did previous Noyce interns have to say about their experience? 

  • It is difficult to describe just one highlight when there was at least one huge highlight every day.
  • I loved all the kids and the site workers. It was a very upbeat environment and a lot of learning took place.
  • Interacting with children of different ages furthered my interest in pursuing a career in teaching.
  • It was difficult at times and during those moments it was challenging to stay patient, but in the end I would redo all of it in a heartbeat.
  • I loved teaching and had one student come back the next day telling me about everything he had gone home and researched after my lesson!
  • I connected with a student that none of the other teachers were able to connect with and watched him grow from a stubborn, angry little child to a kid that LOVED to be at camp.
  • It was great to hear high school students say that they wished I could be their math teacher.
  • Working one-on-one with students and seeing how well they performed after my tutoring and mentoring made me feel accomplished.

Q) Who can apply?

  • Required:
    • Be a freshman or sophomore attending a Maricopa County Community College or Northern Arizona University.
    • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
    • Have or be qualified for a plastic identity verified prints (IVP) AZ Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance card .  Offenses that preclude obtaining a fingerprint clearance card are per A.R.S. 41-1758.03  Applicants who already have a Level One DPS fingerprint card will suffice in place of an IVP card.
    • Demonstrate competency in math and/or science per school transcripts.
    • Have a highly positive reference from a math/science/education instructor or employer.
  • Desired but not required:
    • Have volunteer or paid experience working with youth.
    • Have volunteer or paid experience instructing or tutoring others.
    • Have completed EDU 111 at MCC or TSM 101 at NAU.

Q) How and when are applications accepted?

Submit the online application plus additional required documentation between Wed, March 23 - Fri, April 15.  Late applications will be reviewed ONLY IF not enough qualified applications are received by the deadline.  Candidates will be notified by early May.

  • APPLICATION CHECKLIST:
  • Complete the online application HERE. [2016 application is now closed.]
    • After submitting the online application, a note should pop up saying, "Thank you, the online portion of your Noyce application has been recorded." An email confirmation is NOT sent directly to applicants from the form.

  • Mail or hand-deliver the following additional required documentation to: MCC Education Studies Department | Attn: Noyce Internship Program | 1833 W. Southern Ave. - Bldg. ES 9| Mesa, AZ 85202
    1. Legible photocopy of citizenship/status proof. (Ex. Arizona drivers license, birth certificate, social security card, US passport, or permanent resident card). 
    2. Legible copy of all college / university transcripts (unofficial okay) and high school transcripts if took advanced HS math and science courses..
    3. Legible copy of plastic identity verified prints (IVP) Arizona Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance card, or copy of recently submitted fingerprint clearance card application.  If applicant already has a Level One DPS fingerprint card, that will suffice in place of an IVP card.
      • Some local fingerprinting agencies include AccuSearch, Inc., Arizona Livescan, Community Wellness & Safety of Arizona, Global Investigations & Security, and NuWest Investigations.  The process costs about $80.  Cards are usually valid for 6 years. Contact the fingerprinting agency first to find out what you need to bring with you. 
      • Offenses that preclude obtaining a fingerprint card are listed at A.R.S. 41-1758.03
      • It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for a new fingerprint clearance card to be issued.  For this reason, applicants must apply for a card before intern selection so that they have a card by the time the internships begin.
  • Follow up with the professional reference provided in the online application to make sure the person completes the online recommendation form that will be emailed directly to him/her.
    • Applications are incomplete without submission of the online recommendation form from the professional reference.
    • Noyce Intern Program staff will contact the reference to complete the reference form that will be emailed to him / her, but it is helpful when the applicant checks with the reference to encourage filling it out in a timely manner.
  • Once all items from the application checklist have been received by the Noyce Summer Intern Program / MCC Education Studies Department, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant.

Contacts: Chanda.Crabtree@mesacc.edu, 480-788-9821 | Julie.Garner@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7890