SDSU's Noyce Programs

SDSU is committed to recruiting, selecting, and training a highly qualified and diverse group of mathematics and science teachers in the region who support the learning of every student who walks through their doors. 
To that end, SDSU has been funded by the National Science Foundation to 
(a) support experienced and effective teachers of mathematics and science to become Noyce Master Teaching Fellows, and
(b) recruit and support strong undergraduate STEM majors to become effective mathematics and science teachers. Learn more about Noyce Scholarships for Mathematics Teachers . Learn more about becoming a science teacher.


Advancing Teacher Leadership in Urban Schools
through SDSU’s Noyce Math & Science Teacher Fellowship Program

Principal Investigators: Lisa Lamb, Susan Nickerson, Randolph Philipp, David Pullman, Donna Ross, Meredith Vaughn

We are delighted to work with 21 extraordinary master teaching fellows from schools in SDSU’s geographic service region! They have been working hard with Dr. Joseph Johnson and Dr. Rupinder Boyd at the National Center for Urban School Transformation and with teacher leaders and previous Noyce Master Teaching Fellows Lenelle Wylie and Will Stuart. 

Read about our project here.

Get to know the Noyce Master Teaching Fellows!

Get to know our Noyce Leadership Team!

Learn more about some of our work by watching the video below. 

SDSU’s Noyce Master Teaching Fellow Victor Rodriguez shares what he’s been learning about teaching and teacher leadership in the video below: 


NSF Logo This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE 1950335). 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.


Become a Mathematics Teacher!

Undergraduate mathematics majors, consider teaching as a career! See for more information on Scholarships and Internships for aspiring mathematics teachers. 

Opportunities to Explore Science Teaching

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

Now 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.

TE 462 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.

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:

SDSU’s Noyce Scholar Navid Rakei shares what he’s been learning about teaching in this video:

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:

Apply for a science tutoring position in grades 6-12 classrooms today! 

Learn more about the SDSU Mathematics/Science Teacher Initiative, at

For details/to apply, contact Fiona Lidell at [email protected]

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.

Noyce Project LEARN at SDSEA

The science teachers in our Noyce Project Learn group presented at San Diego Science Educators 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.  

Past Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship Project

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.

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.

 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)