Noyce Scholarships

STAND-NM A Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

STAND-NM is a program funded through the National Science Foundation to provide a way for undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline to obtain a secondary license to teach science or mathematics.

This new program provides students a pathway to finish both the STEM degree and secondary licensure requirements in a timely and economical fashion. Students will enter the program as a cohort and be provided with enriched experiences and specific mentoring in order to ensure success in the degree and in teaching after the degree and licensure.

The goals of the STAND-NM program are to:

  • recruit future science and mathematics teachers into the teaching profession and improve the preparation of these teachers.
  • provide for collaboration and involvement of STEM and education faculty invested in the success of their students.
  • provide professional development and discipline specific pedagogical support as students transition from a pure STEM degree to a science or mathematics teaching career.

Benefits to Noyce Scholars

Through this program students will receive:

  • A scholarship of $10,000 per year up to a maximum of three years.
  • An iPad to facilitate contact between the scholar, program administrators, and mentor teachers.
  • A common NMSU Noyce Scholar office space with the use of a computer and printer.
  • All NMTA exams paid for.
  • Opportunity to attend a national conference while in the program.
  • On-going advisement and mentorship provided by the College of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Opportunity to work with middle and high school students while participating in the program.

Requirements of Noyce Scholars

  • Have a desire to teach science or mathematics at the secondary level (high school).
  • Must be enrolled full-time during the program in order to finish the STEM degree and complete the secondary licensure program for secondary science  or mathematics teaching.
  • Participate in mentoring activities with Mentor Teachers, STAND-NM program faculty, and other Noyce Scholars.
  • Must commit to teach for 2 years in a high-needs school for every year scholarship is accepted (maximum of 6 years).
  • Be a Junior or have completed 72 credit hours.
  • Must maintain a GPA of 2.75.

To apply to the STAND-NM Noyce Scholar Program you must:

  • Be in last 2 years of a baccalaureate program in STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics).
  • Have a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien.
  • File (or have already filed) a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be done electronically at
  • Be admissible to the College of Education, which for the teacher education programs requires a background check.

A complete application packet includes:

  • The completed applicant information form.
  • An essay (3-5 pages) describing:
    • Why you want to become a secondary science teacher.
    • Why you think you will be a good secondary science teacher.
    • Why you are well-qualified to meet the need for secondary science teachers and how you will further your professional development once you become a teacher.
  • Official transcripts of all college work.

Return completed applications to:

Nicole Zubiate – Program Specialist

Physical Address
1220 Stewart Street
O’Donnell Hall Rm. 136
STEM Outreach Center
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
Mailing Address
PO Box 30001 MSC 3R
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: 575-646-7649
Fax: 575-646-7304