The National Science Foundation has awarded Le Moyne College a $1.1 million grant towards STEM research and education. The money will allow Le Moyne to recruit and then teach 18 undergraduate students to be STEM teachers. STEM, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, has been a growing emphasis, especially in public schools. The grant will provide the funds to educate the 18 students who will then become teachers in Central New York high schools.
U-S Representative John Katko was instrumental in supporting the application for the federal funding. In a press release, Katko stated, “STEM education is key to our economic future, and it is critical that we equip our local students with the skills they need to pursue careers in these innovative and high-demand fields… I commend Le Moyne College for partnering with the organizations in our community that need these resources most…”
In the effort to educate the future STEM teachers, Le Moyne is partnering with local organizations such as the Syracuse City School District, Onondaga County Libraries, and the MOST, among other centers and local businesses.
The funding was given through the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program. According to the Katko press release, the scholarship is for the “critical need for K-12 teachers” related to STEM topics.