September 8, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
University Student Named Noyce Scholar: Receives
Distinguished Scholarship valued at $20,000
The emphasis on science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) education in rural Ohio is getting a
special boost from a scholarship program aimed at
encouraging new teachers to pursue math and science
education in Appalachia.
Robert Krauss, a Shawnee State University student and
graduate of Lexington High School in Lexington, Ohio, near
Mansfield has been named a Robert Noyce Scholar, which
entitles him to two years of scholarship support of $10,000
Dr. Robert Noyce was one of the very first scientists to
work in the Silicon Valley, inventing the integrated circuit
computer chip in 1959, one of the stepping stones along the
way to the microprocessors in today's computers.
A math education major, Krauss was one of seven regional
students chosen for this prestigious national honor. For
each year of accepted funds, recipients will agree to teach
mathematics or science in a high-need, Appalachian school
for two years.
A friend’s mother in Chillicothe told Krauss about the Noyce
Scholarship. She saw it in a local newspaper.
“It was a long process,” Krauss said. “I had to get three
letters of recommendation and write an essay on why I would
make a good math teacher and do a lot of other paperwork.”
He also had to go through an interview for the scholarship.
In addition to the Noyce Scholarship, he received the TEACH
Krauss was working 20 to 30 hours a week to help pay for his
schooling. Now, he can work less hours and spend more time
on his studies.
The scholarship is supported by funds received from the
National Science Foundation and is administered by the
Southeast Ohio Center for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science (SEOCEMS). This is the first year the scholarship is
being offered to area students, and SEOCEMS plans to award
more than 30 more Noyce scholarships over the next three
“I had really good high school math teachers, and I want to
be one of those teachers,” Krauss said. “Not just a teacher,
but a great motivator. I’ve wanted to be a teacher all my
One teacher in particular in Springfield, Ohio, inspired him
– his fifth-grade science teacher. Moving to different
schools, he found it easier to make friends with his
teachers and his fifth-grade science teacher left a lasting
impression on him. Krauss sees this scholarship as a great
tool for rural education.
“This will keep a lot of good math teachers where good math
teachers are needed,” he said. “It will help generations of