WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), today announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has been awarded $1,450,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate various models for preparing teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
“The grant will provide UAB’s STEM teachers with enhanced resources and opportunities to invest in students and prepare them for the workforce,” said Senator Shelby. “We must continue to prioritize education in Alabama and give students the necessary tools for success. I look forward to seeing the lasting impacts of this award as the participating students learn and grow.”
The $1,450,000 NSF funding for UAB will investigate the usefulness and success of three different models for preparing teachers in STEM fields. “Model Type 1” engages first and second year students in STEM fields, along with providing scholarships for juniors and seniors majoring in these areas. “Model Type 2” focuses on engaging third and fourth year students, leading to a fifth year program. The final stage, “Model Type 3,” is a one-year program that will engage career changers who already have a STEM bachelor’s degree. The project aims to increase the number of STEM secondary teachers in this area of the country and build a new student pipeline to secondary education STEM careers.
Students can enter the program by taking inquiry-based courses at UAB or Lawson State Community College (LSCC) and participating in informal summer STEM programs for middle and high school students.