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MCC Hosts Information Session for Future Teachers


By Samantha Casano
Managing Editor

Middlesex County College, in collaboration with Rider University, is hosting a Future Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Program Information Session on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. in North Hall, Room 102.

During this information session, students will find out about opportunities for full tuition and scholarships and internships that are available via this program.

Professor Phalguni Ghosh, a chemistry instructor at MCC, said that the STEM Scholars Program is aimed at transfer students.

“We’ll begin with a little activity, then have some food, introduce the program, and meet the current scholars,” Ghosh said.

Dr. Danielle Jacobs, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rider University, said, “The STEM Scholars program at Rider University, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is a unique program designed to train, support, and deliver high-quality STEM teachers to the high schools that need them most.”

“We provide full-tuition scholarships for junior and senior year students to double major in Secondary Education and any STEM discipline,” Jacobs said.

“We also provide cost-of-living stipends; cover the cost of the Praxis, ed-TPA, licensure, professional membership and conference fees, and other requirements for becoming a teacher; offer paid internship opportunities; and support students in finding a job after graduation, “Jacobs said, “In return, scholars are required to teach in a high-needs school district for two to four years, depending on the number of years of scholarship they receive.”

Jacobs said, “STEM Scholars participate in bi-weekly seminars and workshops wherein they learn and practice teaching scientific and mathematical concepts through inquiry-based and engaging pedagogies.”

Jacobs said that the program is unique because it is a scholarship with a sense of purpose, community, and direction.

“The STEM Scholars program genuinely prepares its recipients for a successful and meaningful teaching career. Our cohort of scholars engage in a curriculum and extra-curricular activities that are steeped in culturally responsive teaching,” said Jacob.

Students interested in attending this information session should RSVP by Feb. 7 to stemscholars@rider.edu.

For more information, you can contact Professor Ghosh at PGhosh@middlesexcc.edu or Dr. Jacobs at djacobs@rider.edu.

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