Frequently Asked Questions

Who Was Robert Noyce? Robert Noyce was one of the very first scientists to work in the Silicon Valley and ran two of the companies that had the greatest impact on the silicon industry: Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. He also invented the integrated chip, one of the stepping stones along the way to the microprocessors in today’s computers.

What are the requirements of a Scholar? Once you become a Noyce Scholar you will be required to maintain your 2.75 GPA and participate in professional development and support network meetings. Some of these meetings are with our partner university, Sacramento State, and will be held on their campus (transportation provided). In addition, for each year you obtain a scholarship award, you will be required to teach two years in a high school or middle school in a “high needs” district. You will also be required to participate in a research study of scholars that includes questionnaires to fill out online, one while you are participating in Noyce activities; one while you complete your credential program and the last one within one year of completion of your credential.  No individual identities are included in any reports or publications resulting from the research associated with the questionnaires.

What is a “high needs” district? A high need district is defined by NSF as meeting one of the following definitions:

  • It has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced price lunch program established by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1751 et seq.),
  • It has at least one school in which: (i) more than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or (ii) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  • It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years.

Where do I get more information?

Contact either:

David Kagan, Principal Investigator:  dkagan@csuchico.edu

Jennifer Oloff-Lewis, Co-Principal Investigator:  joloff-lewis@csuchico.edu

Brandi Aranguren, Program Coordinator:  baranguren@csuchico.edu