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Apply Now for Noyce Internship for Fall Semester 2014

Noyce Internship applications for the fall 2014 semester are due Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 5:00pm. All VolsTeach students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for internships. Everyone interested, including those who currently have an internship, must complete an application to be considered for Fall 2014.

Fall Opportunities Include:

-VolsTeach Instructional Assistant- Assist VolsTeach students with making lesson plans to teach in the schools.

-Microbiology Teacher Assistant- Assist graduate teaching assistant in undergraduate microbiology labs. Must be completed with Micro 210 and 310.

-Physics Demonstration Assistant- Present demos in physics lectures and create new demo lessons. Must be physics major.

-NIMBioS Outreach Intern- Assist with education and outreach activities at the centers. Creating math- biology modules and exploring partnership with other community organizations.

-Knoxville Zoo Education- Assist the instructor by making and teaching science and math education lessons.

-Tutor- Tutor math and/or science at a local Knox County middle or high school.

-Biology in a Box Assistant-Assist with developing STEM modules for high school classrooms.

-Open to various opportunities on and off campus. Details provided at a later date.

Attached you will find the VolsTeach Noyce Intern Application Fall 2014 Semester. Please contact Jada Russell for more information.

*Please note: For students who made recent summer internship application whose information has not changed, please submit only page 4 of the attachment to complete your fall application.

Congratulations to Dr. Theresa Hopkins

THopkinsCongratulations to Dr. Theresa Hopkins for her selection as a three-year national executive board member to the UTeach Insitute’s STEM Educators Association (USEA).   The purpose of the board is to promote the development of STEM literacy for all students through innovation and excellence in university-based teacher education.  The UTeach Institute was established in response to national concerns about the quality of K-12 education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and growing interest in the innovative teacher preparation program started in 1997 at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin).

Dr. Hopkins has served as a math master teacher with the VolsTeach program since its inception at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Prior to her work with VolsTeach, she has served as a mathematics teacher, lead teacher, and Director for the Tennessee Governor’s Academy for Mathematics and Science, a residential high school for advanced juniors and seniors from across the state.  Dr. Hopkins has taught mathematics in public schools in middle Tennessee, working with students in grades 7-12 and was named building level teacher of the year 3 times and system level teacher of the year once.  Throughout her career, she has focused on professional development-her own and that of fellow teachers. Dr. Hopkins has presented at a number of local, state, regional, and national conferences for mathematics teachers and mathematics teacher educators.

VolsTeach is one of 40 national replication sites initiated by the UTeach Institute.  Faculty and staff at these universities represent a national community of experts focused on strengthening secondary STEM teacher preparation. VolsTeach is in its fourth year of operation and will graduate its second cohort of STEM secondary teachers this spring.

Upcoming Lectures

Synergy in STEM: Math & the Sciences

Lecture II – “Collaborative Project-based Learning in Secondary Mathematics”

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (5:30-6:30pm) 122 Greve Hall, University of Tennessee

Luajean BryanLuajean Bryan – Secondary Mathematics teacher at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tennessee

For more information: Noyce Lecture II







Lecture III – “Bringing Life Back into the Biology Classroom: Utilizing Mathematical Models to Develop a Conceptual Understanding of Biology”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (5:30-6:30) 122 Greve Hall, University of Tennessee

Jennifer DyeJennifer Dye – Head of the Science Department at Pope John Paul II High School

For more information: Noyce Lecture III



Brent L. and Rachel W. Trentham Endowed Scholarship Awarded

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMolly Schaeffer was awarded the Brent L. and Rachel W. Trentham Endowed Scholarship. This funding was made possible through the generosity of Brent and Rachel Trentham to support students who have demonstrated successful academic performance and are admitted to the VolsTeach Teacher Education Program. VolsTeach is housed under the Center for Enhancing Education in mathematics and Sciences with a focus to prepare future secondary teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This scholarship is available on an annual basis.

Trentham_ Schaeffer

Read more at Tennessee Today. For additional information regarding this scholarship, please contact Derek Werner at

Congratulations Molly!

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