Hendrix College was recently awarded a $1,118,063 grant from the National Science Foundation, according to a news release.
The grant will support a five-year education research project to recruit and prepare 19 outstanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors to teach in secondary high-need schools for grades seven through 12 in the Arkansas Delta. The grant also supports them during their first two years of teaching in the Delta.
Two major initiatives of the program are the N-STEAD Scholars program and the N-STEAD Internship. The scholars program will recruit STEM majors into teaching by significantly reducing the cost of teacher licensure through awarding scholars $15,000 a year, which is renewable for one additional year, if they commit to teaching in a high-need Delta school. The internship will allow freshman and sophomore STEM majors to teach within an informal STEM context. Students will be introduced to the academic field of science education through planning lessons, presenting science to children, and assessing the outcomes through participation in a low-risk environment, the local science outreach program known as Ridin’ Dirty with Science.
The project will be led by Hendrix education and science faculty members Dionne B. Jackson, Liz U. Gron, Todd Tinsley and James Jennings.
“This grant recognizes both the excellence of the science programs at Hendrix, and the important work our education department has been doing with the public schools in the Delta,” said Provost Robert L. Entzminger. “It will allow us to focus our attention on a crucial need in Arkansas and at the same time provide our students with opportunities to put their knowledge and skills to immediate use.”