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REMAST scholarship advances science

REMAST at McCrory Gardens

The Rural Enhancement of Mathematics and Science Teachers (REMAST) Scholarship Program awards up to 12 scholarships annually, each worth $10,000, to students pursuing middle school and high school certification in the area of biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics.

The SDSU REMAST team includes Larry Browning, Matt Miller, Madhav Nepal and Sharon Vestal. The first phase of the program awarded nearly $700,000 to 46 scholars from fall 2008 to spring 2014. Of those 46 scholars, 34 are still teaching today. Beginning phase two in 2015, REMAST has awarded $180,000 to 12 scholars with eight of them completing the secondary certification program. Seven of those eight scholars are in teaching positions and one is attending graduate school at SDSU.

Students who receive the scholarship must complete one year of teaching in a high-need district. High-need districts are defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965 as school districts that serve an elementary or secondary school that has a high percentage of low-income families, high percentage of secondary teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained or a district with a high teacher turnover rate.

Support for REMAST is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The program increases the number of students becoming math and science teachers and retains these individuals through mentoring with SDSU faculty, alumni from the program and veteran teachers, in addition to a support system focused on building a REMAST community.