The National Science Foundation has given the University of Portland a five-year, $1.2 million grant to support education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Noyce Scholars and Interns Program will provide $900,000 in paid summer internships with Saturday Academy and scholarships to students in with majors in the field as well as professionals who are considering changing their careers and becoming elementary and secondary school teachers. The project was begun by mathematics professor Stephanie Salomone.
“First and foremost, the grant allows us to address a critical need for K-12 math, science, and engineering teachers by graduating more teachers who will be prepared and excited to teach STEM subjects in high-needs schools," Salomone said. She calls the grant "a great fit for the university" since social justice is a focus at the North Portland school. The program is named for Robert Noyce, a co-founder of Intel and pioneer in the personal computer revolution in Silicon Valley.