Noyce Scholarship Program

Mentoring Urban STEM Teachers for Equity and Innovation

As a National Science Foundation, Noyce Scholarship program, KU’s MUST for Equity and Innovation program, provides stipends of $27,900 for five STEM teacher candidates per year (2022-2027) who are enrolled full time in the M.Ed. Secondary Education: Teaching with Initial Certification program. The stipend covers full in-state tuition ($22,500) and includes additional money to offset program and living expenses. Following graduation, recipients must complete a two-year service requirement to teach STEM in a high-needs school district.

The MUST for Equity and Innovation program's goal is to recruit STEM professionals from a wide range of diverse demographics, disciplines, and professional experiences for careers in secondary STEM teaching in under-resourced urban communities. 

For more information and to apply, please email

  • Program Eligibility
    • Fulfill all admissions requirements for the M.Ed. Secondary Education: Teaching with Initial Certification program. See details here.
    • Have completed an undergraduate degree in a STEM field. 
    • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien.
    • Commit to two academic years of full-time teaching in a high-needs school district after program completion.
  • Application Process
    • Apply for the M.Ed. Secondary Education: Teaching with Initial Certification program.
      • Applicants to the MUST program who have not been accepted to the M.Ed program will not be considered.
    • Apply for the MUST program by sending an email with required essay to
      • This brief essay should explain the applicant's academic and professional experience to date and reasons for interest in a STEM teaching career.
    • Attend a follow-up interview with KU faculty.
  • Selection Criteria

    In seeking students with the potential to excel as secondary school STEM teachers, we will consider the following criteria:

    • Academic merit or other evidence for strong competence in a STEM content area.
    • Potential to add to the diversity of the Noyce scholar cohort.
    • Evidence of teaching potential.
Application Timeline: 
  • To receive full consideration, please submit your MUST essay by February 15th, 2024.

Program Activities

All Noyce cohort scholars are encouraged to participate in the following planned activities during their time in the program:

  • An annual Noyce summer workshop.
  • Local and out of town Urban Experiences (3 total) designed to increase culturally relevant teaching practices.
  • Mentorship by STEM and Education faculty including 2 years of teaching service.
  • Cohort focus group meetings.


The MUST for Equity and Innovation program is a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. NSF award #2150692.

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For more information and to apply, please email For more information on the M.Ed. Secondary Education: Teaching with Initial Certification program, please visit the program webpage here and consult the program's FAQ page. For more information on the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, visit their webpage here

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant no. 2150692. 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.