Project SERVE
Project SERVE
Project SERVE (STEM Educators with Resilience, Vision, and Expertise) recognizes the urgency to recruit and retain high quality STEM educators in high-need urban and rural schools in Nebraska. Because of STEM teacher shortages and the need to have high quality STEM teachers, Project SERVE is committed to serving an active role in preparing future educators from all backgrounds to work with each student in a meaningful and effective way. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program at Doane University provides scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare talented STEM majors and professionals to become grade 7-12 teachers. You will join a group of other Doane Noyce Scholars with this passion and will be set up for success through enhanced teacher preparation activities focused on high-need schools, research opportunities, and additional support as you start your career as a new teacher. Undergraduate STEM majors who add an Education Certification are eligible to receive $14,000 scholarships in their junior year and $24,500 scholarships in their extended senior year as a Noyce Scholar. Graduate Education students with a bachelor’s degree, master’s or doctoral degree in a STEM discipline are eligible to receive a $18,000 stipend as they pursue their teaching career. Noyce Scholars must commit to completing two years of service as a mathematics or science teacher for each year of scholarship.
We will begin accepting new applications in the 2019-2020 academic year.


Preparing Noyce Scholars

Preparing Noyce Scholars in High-Need Schools
Doane’s teacher education programs are rigorous and highly respected across the state. As a Noyce Scholar, you will be part of Doane’s successful education program which includes student teaching, credit towards your master’s degree and Doane’s Teacher Warranty—guaranteeing you a job and necessary training when you graduate. Project SERVE focuses on teaching in high-need rural and urban schools in Nebraska. A strong emphasis will be placed on diversity awareness to prepare you to work in urban and rural schools.


Supporting Noyce Scholars

Supporting Noyce Scholars
In addition to the support education students receive at Doane such as a practicum experience in high-need rural and urban schools, Noyce Scholars will develop their cultural competency by participating in Project SERVE seminars during their junior and senior years of the Noyce program and work with partner school system representatives from Crete, Lincoln, Wilber-Clatonia, Fairbury, Niobrara, and Minatare.

Noyce Scholars will participate in a mentoring program with a practicing teacher from a high-need school. Noyce Scholars will also have the opportunity to expand their network with Noyce Scholars nation-wide by attending the annual Noyce Conference with travel and accommodations provided. Lastly, undergraduate Noyce Scholars will participate in paid summer research projects to live in the residence halls and all Scholars will have the opportunity to apply for travel funds in the first two years after graduation to attend local and regional STEM education conferences.


Learning By Doing

Learning by Doing
Scholars will be highly encouraged to present findings from research projects. The regular Doane Summer Undergraduate Research Program offers multiple opportunities for students to informally and formally present their work progress and research results. These opportunities continue throughout the academic year. Doane hosts informal STEM education opportunities, including local and regional science fairs, math competitions, STEM visitation days, and summer science camps for middle and high school students, which Noyce Scholars are eligible to participate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Noyce Scholar?

The Noyce program is seeking to recruit talented individuals passionate about teaching STEM in high-need rural and urban schools. Two cohorts will be recruited, prepared, and supported: (1) undergraduate STEM content majors; (2) STEM professionals who hold a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree in a STEM discipline and have recently graduated or who are working in or have had a career in such a field or related area, including retirees from STEM professions. To learn about eligibility and apply as an undergraduate student or a graduate student, please complete an application and an agreement form.

What are the benefits to becoming a Noyce Scholar?

As a Noyce Scholar, you will join the highly respected education department at Doane and receive scholarships and stipends to support your work in this rigorous program. In addition to your strong preparation you will receive in the education department, as a Noyce Scholar you will receive support with a strong emphasis on preparing you to work in high-need urban and rural schools. A sample of benefits include: a mentor from a high-need school, opportunities to attend seminars taught by experts in high-need schools, and attendance at conferences (some eligible for full funding) during your time as a Noyce Scholar and after graduation among others.

What is expected of me as a Noyce Scholar?

Noyce Scholars are expected to complete all programmatic activities (i.e. mentee participant, view seminars, conduct paid summer research, and more). Noyce Scholars must also commit to completing two years of service in a high-need school as a mathematics or science teacher for each year of scholarship or stipend as a goal of the Noyce Scholarship and Stipend program is to improve the quality and persistence of STEM teachers in rural and urban schools in Nebraska. If Scholars fail to complete this teaching obligation, they will agree to repay the required portion of the scholarship or stipend provided by the program.

How does the program support me as a Noyce Scholar?

Noyce Scholars work within a cohort of students that will learn from each other and current professionals who work in urban and rural schools. Various speakers and events throughout the year will provide you an opportunity to build your career as a future highly-qualified STEM educator in a high-needschool.

I’m a faculty member, how can I support the Noyce program?

Faculty are one of the best advocates of the program. As a faculty member, you can encourage students to apply. In addition, faculty are eligible to receive stipends during Noyce scholar’s student teaching, travel funds to supervise scholar’s student teaching, and funds as research hosts. To learn more, please email

Contact Information:

Project Administrators:

Linda Kalbach, Professor of Education, 402-826-6754
Rod Diercks, Professor of Education, 402-826-8289
Sharmin Sikich, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 402-826-8663
Megan Gallert, Project Coordinator
Project SERVE Email Address:


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1758495