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RADIANS Teacher Scholarship Program


The Responsive, Attentive, Dialogic, and InterActive Noyce Scholars (RADIANS) Project at Texas State University provides scholarships and enhanced preparation for STEM majors who choose to teach in a high-need school district. 

Scholarship amount:

$10,000, up to the cost of attendance

Up to $15,000 for extraordinary financial circumstances

Eligibility criteria:

  • Individuals supported to become teachers must be pursuing or have earned a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geoscience, mathematics, or physics
  • Students must have earned at least junior status
  • Grade point average of 2.75 or greater, either overall or in last 60 credits

Recruitment for this program focuses especially on those who will be able to teach physics or chemistry.

These scholarships are expected to be available at least through the 2020-2021 academic year.

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How do I apply to be in the RADIANS program?

RADIANS program application

  • The deadline for program applications for the 2016-17 academic year is October 1, 2016. 
  • The deadline for program applications for the 2017-2018 academic year is March 3, 2017. Applicants that are enrolled in Spring 2017 may request to have the scholarship applied to the current semester.

This scholarship is designed to be awarded both to current Texas State students and others who would use the scholarship funding to pursue teacher certification through Texas State. If you are not currently enrolled at Texas State University, you will need to apply for admission in addition to applying for this scholarship. Scholars must ultimately be enrolled at Texas State in order to accept the award.

What can I do to make my scholarship application competitive?

The RADIANS program has a special focus on producing more chemistry and physics teachers, who are in especially short supply. Therefore, applicants with a major or minor in physics or chemistry are preferred. If you are working on a mathematics or engineering major, you might consider adding a physics minor. If you are working on a biology major, you might consider adding a chemistry minor, or changing your major to interdisciplinary science. 

Texas State also has some peer teaching opportunities that can help you learn more about processes of teaching and learning, and therefore help you decide if the program is right for you. The Physics Department has a Learning Assistant program, and the Chemistry Department has a Supplemental Instruction program. Experience with these programs will strengthen an application. Other experience in tutoring or as a teaching assistant will be recognized as valuable. Outreach experience to schools through student clubs is also good because it shows that you have some experience with the school environment.

By Texas state law, students entering a teacher preparation program must have a minimum of 2.50 GPA (cumulative or last 60 hours). If you are applying for this scholarship so that you can enter the Teacher Recruitment Program, that program has its own requirements.

Applicants who are closer to certification are generally going to have stronger applications.

Can I get two years of scholarship support through the RADIANS program?

Yes, it is possible to apply for a second year. A second year of scholarship support comes with an additional two-year commitment to teach in a high-need district. In rare cases, it is possible to get more than two years of support.

What benefits can I expect from this program?

  • $10K in scholarship funding, up to the cost of attendance
  • Special training in STEM Education via the Monthly Saturday Seminars
  • Two years of induction and mentoring support as a new teacher
  • Opportunities for funded travel to Noyce conferences to meet other Scholars from around the nation and learn new skills and perspectives
  • Special consideration in and preparation for the job application process
  • Increased likelihood of being invited to participate in a leadership capacity in the nationwide community of teachers of your discipline

In addition, loan forgiveness and/or cancellation are general benefits of going into teaching. This benefit is not automatic, and must be pursued in order for you to receive it. 

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher

http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Educator_Initiatives_and_Performance/Student_Loan_Forgiveness_for_Teachers/

Students from out of state who earn competitive scholarships valuing at least $1000 also have out-of-state tuition reduced to in-state tuition. 

http://www.sbs.txstate.edu/students/waivers-exemptions.html

What obligations would I commit myself to?

RADIANS-program-agreement.pdf

Teach in a high-need school district for 2 years for each year of Noyce scholarship funding received.

Provide updated contact and employment information to the Texas State Noyce RADIANS program on an annual basis, or as any changes occur. Tracking for RADIANS program participants

Participate in Noyce program required activities:

  • Monthly Saturday Seminars during each scholarship year
  • Induction and mentoring support during the first two years of teaching, including two evenings per semester
  • Interviews with project team and completion of written surveys for the purpose of evaluating the success of the project

How can I know if a school is in a high-need district?

A High-Need Local Education Agency is defined here:

See Section 201.b.2 of:

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea98/sec201.html

The same formulation is used in Definition 8 of:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16559/nsf16559.htm

This definition of high-need is not numerically formulated, and therefore it is not operational  - that is, it cannot be used to say for certain whether a district meets the criteria or not. It is up to our program to make the determination about whether a district is or is not high-need.

One of the operational criteria that we will use is: Does the district contain a school that is listed in the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory as being a low-income school? If so, then the district is high-need. If not, it may be argued that the district is high-need on the basis of some other criteria in the NSF Noyce program definition. 

Note that none of the general information about loan forgiveness or low-income schools provided by the US Department of Education is intended to be authoritative for the Noyce program, which is instead administered by the National Science Foundation.

The following resources may also be useful in determining whether a school is in a high-need district:

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html

http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Monitoring_and_Interventions/School_Improvement_and_Support/Priority,_Focus,_and_Reward_Schools/

 

How will a Noyce Scholarship interact with my other financial aid?

Financial aid is highly individualized. Each student has a unique financial aid package and different financial circumstances. RADIANS scholarship applicants with any existing financial aid whatsoever, including loans, will be required to meet with a counselor in the Texas State University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and submit proof of this meeting before accepting an offer of a scholarship award. The reason for this meeting is for RADIANS applicants to understand clearly what the financial impact will be of accepting Noyce scholarship money. It is the applicant's choice whether to have this meeting before or after submitting an application to the program.

To set up a meeting with a counselor, send a message to scholarships@txstate.edu

The required Noyce Financial Aid Counseling form is here.

RADIANS-Financial-Aid-Counseling-form.pdf

Completed forms should be submitted via the RADIANS program contact page.

Which teacher certification pathways are compatible with this program?

For prospective teachers who already hold a STEM bachelor's degree, we recommend the Teacher Recruitment Program, based in Texas State's Round Rock campus. Senior undergraduate STEM majors pursuing degrees without teacher certification are invited to apply for support for their senior year and pursue teacher certification through the TRP, through which teacher certification is earned after one post-baccalaureate year. It is possible to receive two years of RADIANS scholarship support in this case.

For undergraduate students, there are several degree programs that combine a STEM major with teacher certification:

B.S. Major in Physics (Teacher Certification in Physical Science, 6-12)

B.S. Major in Physics (Teacher Certification in Physics/Mathematics, 7-12)

B.S. Major in Chemistry (Teacher Certification in Chemistry, 7-12)

B.S. Major in Chemistry (Teacher Certification in Physical Science, 6-12)

B.A. Major in Computer Science (Teacher Certification in Computer Science, 8-12)

B.S. Major in Computer Science (Teacher Certification in Computer Science, 8-12)

B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Science (Teacher Certification in Science, 7-12)

B.S. Major in Mathematics (Teacher Certification in Mathematics, 7-12)

B.S. Major in Biology (Teacher Certification in Life Science, 7-12)


RADIANS Program Leadership Team

Name Project Role Department Office Email Phone
Dr. Eleanor Close Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of Physics LA program Physics RFM 3236 eclose@txstate.edu 512.245.8664
Dr. Hunter Close Co-PI and PhysTEC Site Leader Physics RFM 3227 hgclose@txstate.edu 512.245.8103
Dr. Leslie Huling Co-PI and Director of TRP Curriculum & Instruction AVRY 462 lesliehuling@txstate.edu 512.716.4531
Dr. Cynthia Luxford Co-PI Chemistry & Biochemistry CHEM 210 cluxford@txstate.edu 512.245.1290
Dr. Araceli Ortiz Co-PI and Director of LBJ Institute LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research ASBN 211 araceli@txstate.edu 512.245.3102

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF DUE Grant #1557405. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.