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Application Information

June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015

Partner Teacher Application

The partner teacher application is available as a PDF download. You will need Acrobat Reader, available from Adobe, to view and print the application. You may also want to review the guidelines for fellow applicants, below.

Fellow Application

The science teaching fellow application is available as a PDF download. You will need Acrobat Reader, available from Adobe, to view and print the application. You may also want to review the guidelines for student applicants, below.

Fellowship Details: Funding is available for a 12-month period with a starting date of June 1, 2014. Please contact Brent Shelton at brent.shelton@mnps.org at the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach for more details.

Eligibility Requirements: The fellowships are intended for postdoctoral fellows, and Ph.D., and M.S. graduate students in the fields ot natural and physical science, mathematics, and engineering.  This can include, but is not necessarily limited to chemistry, geology, physics, biological and biomedical sciences, and environmental science. Ph.D. students have to be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy prior to beginning the fellowship, and M.S. graduate students should be at the end of their second year of graduate work prior to beginning the fellowship (this requirement is designed to accommodate fellows with flexible schedules who are not required to register for more than minimum tuition).

The program is particularly well suited for graduate students who are at the dissertation writing stage. Interested graduate students must be nominated by their research advisor. Students must be enrolled at Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University, or Middle Tennessee State University and must express a strong commitment for a career in academia and teaching.

Fellowship Time Commitment: The conditions of the program require fellows to spend the equivalent of a minimum of one full school day per week in the classroom providing direct assistance to teachers and three hours per week for planning (depending on assignment, the schedule may allow for one full school day or two half school days per week).

Science Teaching Fellows (STFs) are also required to attend a two-hour monthly seminar designed to address the specific needs of the STFs and the program partnership. This will be on the Vanderbilt campus from 5 to 7 p.m., usually the second Tuesday of September, October, December, February, April, and May.

STFs are also expected to attend two day-long seminars with their partner teachers: one in the fall and one in spring. These day-long seminars will take the place of evening seminars for November and March.

During the summer, STFs attend a summer workshop to plan with their partner teacher. For the summer of 2014, the workshop are from June 16-27 at the Martin Professional Devemopment Center or Rose Park Middle School from 8:00am to 3:00pm each weekday.

Submission Materials: Fill out the science teaching fellow application and use it as a cover sheet for the first three items listed below. In addition, two letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline date (April 28, 2014).

  1. A letter of intent describing future career aspirations toward teaching and an academic position.
  2. Official transcript of graduate study.
  3. Official transcript of undergraduate study.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (these should be sent by the person making the recommendation to the appropriate address listed on the science teaching fellow application). One must be from the graduate research advisor.