Noyce Project


Teacher Education 462

You are invited to enroll in
TE 462: Field Experience in Science Teaching

This course provides you the opportunity to explore a career in science teaching by (a) visiting classrooms of exemplary science teachers, (b) learning from an award-winning science teacher, and (c) experiencing the rewards of cultivating a passion for learning science. No commitment to becoming a teacher required. This course allows you to “dip your toe in the water” of teaching to see whether this career might be a good option for you. Download the flyer.

Chemistry and Physics Majors: Enroll in TE 462 and earn elective units in your major!
Biology majors: Check with your advisor.

Whether or not you have ever considered science teaching as a career, you may want to watch this brief video by one of SDSU’s Noyce Master Teaching Fellows, Lenelle Wylie:

The course instructor for TE 462, Field Experience in Science Teaching, is Jeremiah Potter, an award-winning middle-school science teacher. See his invitation and brief description of the course:

TE 462 offered every Spring Semester!

 Search the SDSU Class Schedule for times, days of the week, and schedule number

What is the current state of science teaching? Science teachers…

  • share their passion for science with others;
  • positively influence students’ lives;
  • are in very high demand; and
  • start their jobs earning about $50,000 per year for 10 months of teaching (2 months off) and have excellent health and retirement benefits.

SDSU Noyce Scholars and Interns Program

Attention Science Majors who will graduate from SDSU!!

Apply to Become a Noyce Scholar!

Do you love sharing your passion for science with others?
Do you want to positively influence students’ lives?
Do you enjoy working with middle or high school students?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, teaching science may be a wonderful career option for you!

You have the opportunity to cultivate a love for learning science by becoming a science teacher! SDSU is now offering  the opportunity to apply to become a Noyce Scholar and earn a $10,000 scholarship. Scholarships are available to those who want to become science teachers and who enter SDSU's well-respected credential program! Download the flyer about the scholarship program.

We held a Noyce Scholar information session about the application process. Please feel free to download the slides (PDF) from the presentation at this session.

For more information about applying to SDSU’s teacher credential program, visit

We seek prospective science teachers who are committed to learning how to teach science to every child who comes into their classrooms, who are genuinely curious about teaching and how children learn, and who understand that the credential program is but the beginning of their journey as a teacher and that they as long as they continue to teach, they will strive to continue to learn how to improve their practice of teaching.


Download an application for becoming a Noyce Scholar:
PDF  Microsoft Word

We will begin review of applications on February 15 and continue until filled.


NSF Logo Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1439862. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 


Noyce Project LEARN at SDSEA

The science teachers in our Noyce Project Learn group presented at San Diego Science Educatiors Association (SDSEA) on March 1, 2014.  Go to our Project LEARN at SDSEA page to find out more.

On March 10, 2014, the SDSU Noyce Project Leaders hosted a reception and poster session for the Noyce Master Teaching Fellows, their school and district administrators, and the Deans of the College of Education and College of Sciences.  We were pleased to welcome 75 attendees. In preparation for the event, the Fellows shared some thoughts about the project, and we captured some of those sentiments on video. Watch the video below, and download the slides as a PDF that were shared at the reception.


Noyce Scholars Attend Conferences

 SDSU’s Noyce Scholars earn scholarships and attend conferences for science teachers!

Noyce Scholars at CSE Conference 1a
SDSU’s Noyce Scholars attend the California Science Education conference.

Noyce Scholars at CSE Conference 2a
SDSU’s Noyce Scholars attend the California Science Education conference.  

Noyce Project LEARN Team

Noyce Fellows
Noyce Fellows (May 2013) (click to enlarge)


Math Education   Science Education
Randolph Philipp
Lisa Lamb
Susan Nickerson
  Donna Ross
Meredith Houle Vaughn
Kathy Williams

For more information, contact Lisa Lamb at [email protected]

Many thanks to the National Science Foundation (#1240127) for their support of this project. Thank you also to Qualcomm, Inc. for their generous gift to support this effort. These public-private commitments strengthen our work and allow us to support more teachers in productive ways.

See also the information in the September 24, 2012 article in the U-T San Diego, and the coverage given the Noyce Project in Informed & Inspired, the College of Education Newsletter, on October 5, 2015

Project Description

The SDSU Noyce Mathematics & Science Master Teaching Fellowship Program: SDSU Noyce Fellows

Principal Investigators: Lisa Lamb, Randolph Philipp, Susan Nickerson, Donna Ross, Meredith Houle Vaughn, and Kathy Williams.   Funded by: National Science Foundation and Qualcomm. 

Finding inquiry-oriented mathematics and science teachers and helping them become even more effective is the goal of a new San Diego State University program that was recently funded by the National Science Foundation and Qualcomm, Inc. Over the next five years, 32 San Diego teachers are participating in the SDSU Noyce Mathematics and Science Master-Teaching Fellowship Program, thanks to a unique collaboration between the public sector and the private sector, with $3 million awarded from the NSF and an additional $500,000 from Qualcomm.

See also the information in the September 24, 2012 article in the U-T San Diego.

 noyce master teaching fellows december 2014

Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (l to r) Jeremiah Potter, Brenda Mueller, Tony Sandoval, and Kari Koch, presented at the National Science Teachers Association conference (December 2014)