• UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    UCSB Wins Second Straight, Cruise Past Hawaii 7-0 https://t.co/amzRBbW6KM
    10 hours 28 min ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Professor Pai of UCSB’s EACS is more than an expert in modern Chinese literature — he practically invented it! https://t.co/53lmKBy2Dk
    12 hours 25 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Gauchos Blank San Diego State 7-0 to Open 2017 Dual Season https://t.co/KR324kOkWZ
    1 day 8 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Gauchos Storm Back From 15 Down in 2nd Half, Beat Mustangs 58-53 https://t.co/qj5Fipu1ql
    1 day 8 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    @UCSBbasketball find a way to make 3s late for the comeback win against Cal Poly!
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    @UCSBbasketball BEATS RIVAL CAL POLY 58-51!!! Alex Hart with 15 points and 11 rebounds!!
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    @UCSBbasketball leads 58-51 with 25.5 seconds. Gabe Vincent sinks two clutch free throws to put the Gauchos ahead by 7
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    BIG TIME 3 BY CLIFTON POWELL JR PUTS THE GAUCHOS UP BY 6 WITH 48.8 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    @UCSBbasketball leads Cal Poly 55-49 with 1 minute to play!!!!
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    @UCSBbasketball up against Cal Poly 50-46 with 4 minutes left in the game. Alex Hart leads the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    @UCSBbasketball GOES ON A RUN TO TIE THE GAME 46-46 WITH 6 MINUTES LEFT IN THE GAME.
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    @UCSBbasketball goes on a run to cut the lead to 7 with 7:48 left in the game. Alex Hart leads all scorers with 13 points
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    @UCSBbasketball down 32-41 against Cal Poly with 11:34 in the game. Alex Hart leads the way with 13 points for the Gauchos
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Cal Poly extends their lead to 13 with 16:16 left in the game. Cal Poly 39 UCSB 26
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Gauchos shooting a mere 34.55% from the field to Cal Poly's 52.2%
    1 day 11 hours ago

UCSB Education, Engineering, and Physics Faculty Receive NSF Grant to Fund Teacher Credential Candidates in the Physical Sciences

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 17:00
Santa Barbara, CA

2854-1.jpg

Michael Gordon, Deborah Fygenson, Sandra Seale, Julie Bianchini, and Susannah Scott

Michael Gordon, Deborah Fygenson, Sandra Seale, Julie Bianchini, and Susannah Scott

Photo Credit: 

Paul Clay

With class enrollments increasing from kindergarten through 12th grade, California is estimated to need more than 30,000 new math and science teachers over the next 10 years. A $1.19 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is enabling researchers at UC Santa Barbara to establish an innovative program to help the state meet this impending need.

The grant was awarded through the NSF's Noyce Scholarship Track, which provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to earn teaching credentials and commit to working in high-need primary and K-12 school districts.

The principal investigators include Julie Bianchini, a professor of education; Sandra Seale, project specialist and education and outreach coordinator for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation program; Deborah Fygenson, associate professor of physics; Susannah Scott, professor of chemical engineering and of chemistry and biochemistry; and Michael Gordon, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

At UCSB, the grant will establish CalTeach: Physical Sciences and Engineering (CTPSE). The CTPSE team will include additional faculty from the College of Engineering and from the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and Education; high school teachers and principals from two STEM academies in the high-need Santa Barbara Unified School District; and program directors and community leaders from UCSB's Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program, the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, and the Santa Barbara County PreK-20 STEM Council.

CTPSE will build on several existing, highly successful efforts, including the two STEM academies; UCSB's CalTeach initiative, which is part of the University of California's systemwide effort to improve science and mathematics teaching at the secondary school level; and CalTeach at Santa Barbara, UCSB's current Noyce Phase I program, which supports teacher candidates in mathematics and the life sciences.

"This new award is different in that it focuses only on physical science teachers," said Bianchini. "It's also different in that we're starting at the undergraduate level. We'll recruit undergrads in chemistry, physics, and engineering, and ask them to consider teaching as a career."

The award will cover a five-year period. Each year, Bianchini and her co-principal investigators will bring in a cohort of undergraduates at the sophomore level, and continue working with them throughout their junior and senior years, with the goal of leading them to the teacher education program at UCSB's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. "We're going to invite about 14 sophomores to work at Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara High Schools," Bianchini explained. "Ultimately, we'll give six Noyce Scholarships to those who go on to the teacher education program."

One of the broader impacts of the project, according to Bianchini, is to increase by 140 percent the number of well-trained, highly motivated physics and chemistry teachers who complete their credential work at UCSB. In addition, as beginning teachers, CTPSE participants will gain the requisite skills and expertise to establish or develop innovative programs in their own high-need schools. A third impact of the project will be the wide dissemination of strategies found effective in preparing science teachers to integrate engineering and science, and to actively engage students in solving engineering problems and in investigating natural phenomena.

Ultimately, Bianchini said, CTPSE is expected to improve the teaching of chemistry and physics to underserved students in California, providing more Latinos/as, low-income students, and English learners with access to a high quality –– and equitable –– education in the physical sciences.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
College of Engineering

Topics: