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Investing in IWU's STEM students as the inspiring educators of tomorrow

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Did You Know

  • Teachers in Illinois have an average salary of $70,000
  • Teachers in the U.S. rate their lives better than all other occupation groups,
    trailing only physicians.
  • STEM teachers become educational leaders who advocate for students and
    address inequities in public education.
  • The National Science Foundation wants to invest in you so you can invest in the
    next generation. Become one of the 12,000 teachers selected by the National
    Science Foundation to transform STEM teaching and learning.
  • STEM educators empower students to problem solve, critically think, and
    engage in real world content.


IWU Noyce Intern

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  • McLean County Scholarship Guarantee of at least $30,000 for McLean County high school graduates
  • Paid position as an undergraduate STEM researcher in your first year
  • Hands-on learning in local schools and STEM labs
  • Strong mentorship and support from a STEM and Educational Studies faculty
  • Noyce Interns who qualify will be invited in the spring of their second year to become IWU Noyce
  • Scholars for their 3rd and 4th years at IWU.

IWU Noyce Scholar


  • Up to a $15,000 scholarship your junior and senior year ($30,000 maximum scholarship)
  • Professional development support to secure internships and post-graduation employment
  • Dedicated mentor in your STEM major and your Educational Studies major
  • 2-years post-graduation mentorship as you launch your career in a classroom


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This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, specifically grant #2150622.  This grant will run from 2022-2027.

This grant is run by Principal Investigator, Dr. Loralyn Cozy and co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Maggie Evans.  Please contact Dr. Loralyn Cozy ( or Dr. Maggie Evans (, they are happy to hear from you!