Many students at Doane study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Education. Project SERVE works to combine both of those subject areas into a cohesive and fruitful opportunity for students and their future jobs.
Mark Bogen, coordinator for the Noyce Project SERVE Program at Doane, has been in charge of Project SERVE at Doane for a year now.
Project SERVE is a grant program with the goal to “produce highly-qualified STEM teachers who will work in high-need schools,” Bogen said.
Project SERVE aims to combine interests in the STEM field with those in Education.
Bogen looks for candidates who are passionate about this program and who want to make an impact in the world.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of Project SERVE early on during the fall semester of their sophomore year. If students choose to wait until later, there is a Fast-Track Scholars program that allows them to complete all requirements before graduation.
“We’re recruiting for sophomores right now. We’re going to be interviewing in October. They wouldn’t actually become part of the program until next year,” Bogen said.
In addition to the academic curriculum, Project SERVE also offers a mentoring program, a seminar series, paid summer research and the chance to attend STEM conferences in cities across the country.
“In addition to the money, we also offer some programming to support and prepare [students]. One of the things that I really think makes a difference is we pair [students] up with a ‘master teacher’ that’s teaching in a high-needs school in the area,” Bogen said.
Project SERVE strives to provide schools without the appropriate resources with a highly qualified instructor. Graduates from Project SERVE are required to work in a single school for four years to prevent high turn-over rates and to stick with a school that genuinely needs their help.
There are currently eight students enrolled in Project SERVE, while three faculty members, plus Bogen, make up the project team. Bogen said he hopes the program will grow to 25 students as more faculty members become involved.
The deadline for undergraduate applications is Oct. 1, and the deadline for Fast-Track Scholars is March 1. Bogen is willing to extend the deadline if a prospective student contacts him immediately.
“If they let me know that they are interested in applying, then I will allow them to complete [it],” Bogen said.
If you are jointly interested in the STEM field and Education, apply for Project SERVE as soon as possible.