Experiencing Science Practices through Research to Inspire Teaching (ESPRIT)
The University of Oregon ESPRIT Program is designed to recruit, prepare, and support UO science majors for K-12 science teaching careers in high need school districts. The program addresses the need for highly qualified science teachers by supporting a summer science research experience, coursework in promoting equity and diversity in schools, and teacher community-building activities. ESPRIT is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program by a 5-year $1.2 million award.
Key elements of the program include:
1) Academic year ESPRIT Innovative Science Teaching Explorations, open to all science majors, featuring teacher guests and designed to model, explore, and discuss exemplary science classroom lessons in order to build and support a community interested in science teaching. This is the first step on the ESPRIT pathway, and participating students will be given priority when applying for #2 and #3 below.
2) ESPRIT-sponsored paid summer research experiences for science major undergraduates with an interest in teaching. These are available to rising sophomores or above, and are a pre-requisite to receiving:
3) Senior-year ESPRIT scholarships* of $10K, to finance students moving into the UOTeach Masters-level teacher licensure program, who will then become eligible for a:
4) UOTeach ESPRIT scholarship* of up to $22,000, to complete their teacher licensure.
*Scholarships recipients will have up to 7 years after receiving licensure to teach 4 years (2 years per level scholarship) in a high need school district, or the scholarship becomes a loan. This is a feature of the NSF Noyce program.
ESPRIT participants take Education Studies (EDST 420 and others) courses while undergraduates that focus on teaching to improve equity and inclusion in science classrooms. These courses will count towards the UOTeach requirements when they enter that program.
Interested students should contact STEM CORE Coordinator Julia McMorran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A signing ceremony to recognize and celebrate our latest ESPRIT Scholarship recipients was held on November 21, 2019 at 4:30 PM in HEDCO Atrium. Previously, a ceremony was held November 6th, 2018.
Applications for Summer Research Internships are closed. Applicants do not need to have previous research experience in order to apply. Successful applicants who apply by January 31 will be given the opportunity to further apply for a research placement at a national laboratory such as a NASA, NOAA, or Department of Energy Lab through a partnership with the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program. 2020 Program dates are July 6 – August 28, 2020.
The ESPRIT senior-year scholarship application is now open for eligible students. Students who participated in summer research and attended ESPRIT seminars, as well as students who participated in a previous summer, and who are entering their senior year at University of Oregon in the 2020-21 school year are now invited to apply. The application deadline is September 14, 2020.