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CWU Robert Noyce SMART Affiliate Program

The CWU Robert Noyce SMART (Science and Mathematics Alliance for the Retention of Teachers) Affiliate Program seeks to encourage talented science and mathematics majors to become K-12 science and mathematics teachers, especially those from underrepresented groups. SMART Affiliates participate in paid teaching and research internships during their first or second year of college or in the summer.

What are the benefits of being a SMART Affiliate?

  • Get paid to gain experience teaching or participating in scientific research
  • Discover whether teaching mathematics or science is the right career for you
  • Work closely with a science or mathematics faculty mentor
  • Learn about the CWU Noyce SMART Scholars Program to provide financial and professional support aimed at developing teaching content knowledge and skills
  • Get preferred acceptance into the CWU Noyce SMART Scholar Program

What types of internships do SMART Affiliates have?

  • SCIENCE TEACHING Opportunities for Noyce Affiliates include:
    1. Serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for a CWU science class or lab
    2. Serving as a math tutor in the on-campus math tutoring center
    3. Working with CESME to develop and deliver out-reach programs such as math and science nights, Nature of Night program, or Expanding Your Horizons
    4. Assisting in a local K-12 public school classroom
    5. Teaching at the CWU Quest Science and Math Summer Camp. Quest Summer Camp is offered on the Ellensburg campus for middle school students (students entering 6th through 8th grade in Fall 2014) and will take place July 14 - July 18.
  • SCIENCE and MATHEMATICS RESEARCH Experience for Noyce Affiliates include:
    1. Serving as a research assistant in a research lab or research group on campus
    2. Serving as a Noyce research assistant investigating effective teaching methods to promote scientific learning in the ESL student population
    3. Participating in the Summer Research Experience during the month of July spending four consecutive weeks (160 hours) exploring different research problems a week at a time. Past Summer Research Experiences included experiences :
      • imaging cognitive processes with a brain researcher
      • designing and synthesizing inhibitors against diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and malaria with an organic chemist
      • working on aquarium projects and seabird surveys with a marine scientist
      • exploring mathematical games understood by children but unsolvable by professional mathematicians with a mathematician
      • evaluating the effectiveness of an educational program with a science educator
      • determining the genetic inheritance of drought tolerance of sunflowers with a botanist
      • investigating ancestry through genetic markers with a biological anthropologist

SMART Affiliate Program requirements

  • Complete an 80 hour or a 160 hour teaching or research internship

Who should apply?

  • Full time first and second year CWU and partner community college students with:
    1. A declared or intended major in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Mathematics, Middle Level Mathematics and Science, or Physics
    2. An interest in exploring a career teaching middle or high school
    3. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in major courses
    4. U.S. citizenship or who is a U.S. national or permanent resident

Application Materials

Deadline for 2014-2015 academic year program (winter and spring quarters): February 2, 2015.

Deadline for summer 2015 research and teaching opportunities: FEBRUARY 2, 2015.

Application Instructions 
Application Form 
Reference Form

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Martha J. Kurtz: email, (509)963-2622, Dean Hall 130J