STEM-ESP Application

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Dear Applicant,

            Thank you for your interest in the Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, and Mathematicians for Education Scholarship Program (STEM-ESP)! The goals of STEM-ESP is to recruit, retain, and graduate a community of engineers and physicists who are dedicated to teaching physics, mathematics and engineering in high-needs, K-12 school districts. STEM-ESP provides you with an annual $15,000 scholarship for up to three years. This scholarship will support you as you complete your undergraduate degree in engineering or physics and master’s degree in education (concentration of physics or mathematics).

In addition to monetary support, STEM-ESP will prepare you to be one of America’s greatest educational change agents by offering excellent academic and professional development. With an overarching theme of "STEM for Humanity”, STEM-ESP enhances Rutgers’ existing undergraduate and graduate program by infusing seminars that illustrate the great impact STEM has on society. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to engage in workshops on- and off-campus that prepare you for teaching, communicate with current teachers serving in high needs districts, and stay connected after graduation through continued professional development. Ultimately, you will graduate ready to teach in high needs K-12 math and science classrooms with strong pedagogical content knowledge and deep understanding of how important STEM professionals are to our ever-changing world. “High-needs” is defined as a school that meets one or more of the following: (1) a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line; (2) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; or (3) a high teacher turnover rate. 

As a STEM-ESP scholar, you are expected to fulfill a set of requirements to maintain good standing with the program. The requirements are as follows: (1) participate in STEM-ESP academic and professional development activities; (2) take a series of coursework and maintain the required GPA to be eligible for teacher certification; (3) apply to the Graduate School of Education Teacher Preparation Program; (4) work in a high-need school for at least 2 years for each year that you receive the scholarship; (5) provide proof that you are working in a high-needs school; and (6) continue to engage in professional development with Rutgers in the early years (and beyond) of your teaching career.

Detailed information about STEM-ESP, including benefits and requirements is available at Below is the application, which is due February 1st, 2013. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us via email at Again, thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application!