Eastern Washington University is a regional, comprehensive public university located in Cheney, Washington, with programs offered at campuses in Cheney, EWU Spokane at the Riverpoint Campus and at multiple campus locations throughout the state.Founded in 1882, the university is academically divided into four colleges: The College of Arts, Letters & Education; The College of Business & Public Administration; The College of Science, Health & Engineering; and The College of Social Science & Behavioral science and Social Work. A fifth college, The College of Health Science & Public Health, is set to open in the fall of 2014 and will be based at EWU Spokane on the Riverpoint Campus.As of fall 2014, Eastern Washington University enrolled over 13,000 graduate and undergraduate students at both its Cheney and Spokane campuses. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the best colleges and universities in the state of Washington for 2017. Of the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Gonzaga University, University of Washington, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University were the top five institutions. Of the 21 two-year schools that were also included, Edmonds Community College, Shorelines Community College, Renton Technical College, Bates Technical College and Clark College took the top five. A list of all the winning schools is included below. “Washington state’s unemployment rate recently hit a nine-year low, which is great news for people interested in pursuing a college degree,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Our analysis shows schools going the extra mile for students in terms of career preparation, by providing high-quality programs and resources that are translating into student success in the job market.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Washington” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, career services offered, availability of financial aid and such additional metrics as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Washington” list, visit: Washington’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bastyr University Central Washington University City University of Seattle Eastern Washington University Gonzaga University Heritage University Northwest University Pacific Lutheran University Saint Martin's University Seattle Pacific University Seattle University Trinity Lutheran College University of Puget Sound University of Washington-Seattle Campus Walla Walla University Washington State University Western Washington University Whitman College Whitworth University Washington’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bates Technical College Bellingham Technical College Big Bend Community College Cascadia Community College Clark College Edmonds Community College Everett Community College Grays Harbor College Lower Columbia College Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom Pierce College at Puyallup Renton Technical College Seattle Vocational Institute Shoreline Community College South Puget Sound Community College Spokane Community College Spokane Falls Community College Tacoma Community College Walla Walla Community College Wenatchee Valley College Whatcom Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Balboa Capital, a leading provider of business loans and equipment financing programs in the United States, has opened a new office location in Spokane, Washington to better serve its existing and future customers in the Pacific Northwest. The Spokane office opened its doors on May 1st, 2017 as Balboa Capital’s fourth office location; the company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California and has additional offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and San Ramon, California. The new office is located in Kendall Yards, a new “urban by nature” concept in downtown Spokane. The office will be led by Michael Bivins, Director of Enterprise and Commercial Sales. “The decision to expand our presence in the Pacific Northwest is part of our company’s growth strategy,” said Phil Silva, President of Balboa Capital. “Our Spokane location will prove useful in anchoring our presence in this region and enable us to support area businesses with the same flexible financing solutions and outstanding customer service we are known for nationwide.” Mr. Silva also sees Balboa Capital’s new Spokane office as an opportunity to leverage the area’s talent pool. “This area is rich with talent from leading colleges and universities, and this presents us with the opportunity to hire highly skilled and qualified account managers and support staff members.” Balboa Capital implemented a well-defined strategy to recruit employees for its new Spokane office. Digital marketing and social media efforts helped attract potential candidates for the company’s executive recruiting team to evaluate. In addition, Balboa Capital was a featured exhibitor at the Spring 2017 FUSE Career Fair, which attracted students from Gonzaga University, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth University. Members of Balboa Capital’s Spokane office met with current students and alumni to discuss the many career opportunities that are available at the new office location. “Our new employees are ready to kick-start their sales careers in a fast-paced, technology-driven work environment,” said Mr. Silva, adding, “We are really looking forward to welcoming our new team members to the Balboa Capital family.” Balboa Capital will continue its recruiting efforts for its Spokane office in the months to come. Interested candidates can visit the Balboa Capital careers page to apply online. Kendall Yards, the location of Balboa Capital’s new office, is a brand new, coveted community in the heart of Spokane, Washington. When evaluating potential office locations, Balboa Capital found Spokane to be a good fit for its employees based on its affordability index. The office is within walking distance of downtown Spokane, a city known for all it has to offer outdoor enthusiasts. With close to 200 nearby lakes and plenty of areas for outdoor recreational activities, Spokane is truly paradise for people who enjoy hiking, cycling, fishing, golfing, skiing, and more. “To attract workers in today’s competitive job market, we needed an appealing, amenity-filled office in a vibrant location, and Kendall Yards has it all,” said Mr. Silva. About Balboa Capital Balboa Capital is a technology-driven financing company that provides business owners with fast, hassle-free solutions to fuel their growth and success. The company specializes in small business loans, equipment financing, commercial financing, equipment vendor financing, and franchise financing. Balboa Capital developed an intuitive online platform that simplifies the entire financing process. Calculators provide instant estimates, applications can be completed and submitted in a matter of minutes, and sophisticated credit scoring technology provides instant decisions. To learn more, visit http://www.balboacapital.com.
News Article | March 1, 2017
NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OR FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER OF THE SECURITIES DESCRIBED HEREIN. Inspira Financial Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LND) ("Inspira"), a company focused on providing lending, billing and collections solutions to the highly fragmented U.S. mental health and addiction services market, today announced it appointed Edward Brann, currently the Executive Director, to the added role of Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and appointed Mike Olson as Chief Financial Officer ("CFO"). Mr. Brann, now CEO, joined the Board of Directors in November 2016 as an Executive Director and was assigned the responsibility of improving capital market communications and installing a culture of urgency in the company. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Jaime Gerber was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors. "As we start the new fiscal year, I am pleased to have Edward leading the company," said Dr. Jaime Gerber, Chairman of Inspira. "Edward has recently acquired a considerable number of shares on the market and I believe his understanding of our market and his vision for revenue growth and technology development combines to make him a very good choice for our customers, employees and shareholders. This is the next move in changing the culture at Inspira. We have been working hard to do that since November and I believe his leadership is crucial to continuing that effort." "I have been acquiring millions of shares on the market in the past months as I believe in our business model and our future," said Mr. Edward Brann, CEO of Inspira. "I am asking shareholders to join me in supporting our new direction, as well as our new team. As part of that new direction, we have changed our management team and Board leadership to better reflect the culture I am building." Mike Olson has been appointed CFO subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval. Mr. Olson was previously CFO of a healthcare related startup, a Controller for PCH Treatment Centers and a Controller for a medical laboratory (which was successfully acquired by LabCorp). He began his Finance career at The Walt Disney Company, holds a degree from Eastern Washington University, a graduate-level certificate from University of Washington. "I want to welcome Mike Olson to the team," continued Mr. Brann. "His sense of urgency, ability to streamline processes and decades of experience will be key to our future success." Further information about Inspira can be found at the recently launched beta version of the investor website: www.inspirafin.ca. The mental health and substance abuse market in the United States is a rapidly expanding industry, with current spending exceeding US$35 billion. Within this industry, thousands of businesses have annual revenues in the US$1 million to US$50 million range. Due to the significant increase in addiction treatment as a result of the Parity Act, the large and permanently elevated volumes of claims has led payors to impose upon facilities in the mental health sector similarly complex reimbursement requirements as those imposed in the physical healthcare sector. Substance abuse facilities tend to use several software applications and a non-automated billing company to document services provided and bill insurance companies. This cumbersome process slows down the tracking, billing and collection process as the customer's billings increase, and was not designed to handle the volume or level of detail now required by payors for prompt payment. Thus, across the mental health and substance abuse industry there are collection delays and consequently, need for capital. The newly acquired Inspira technology platform incorporates every aspect of the new insurance reimbursement process to admit, diagnose, track, bill, and collect revenue specific to patients in the addiction recovery market. Inspira is now actively marketing a total cash flow solution for mental health companies and addiction centers. Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking information" as such term is defined in applicable Canadian securities legislation. The words "may", "would", "could", "should", "potential", "will", "seek", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" and similar expressions as they relate to Inspira, are intended to identify forward-looking information. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking information. Such statements reflect Inspira's current views and intentions with respect to future events, and current information available to Inspira, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including: the success of Inspira's sales and marketing efforts effectively growing the total client base; Inspira's ability to satisfy and keep existing clients; management execution, hiring and maintaining qualified staff, and understanding and achieving software improvements within reasonable time frames and costs; the demand for addiction treatment continuing to increase; the new service line being complimentary to existing Inspira clients; Inspira being successful in its integration of the billing company; Inspira's clients maintaining revenue regardless of overall industry demand; the successful recruitment of employee talent in Florida; increasing total clients serviced resulting in a positive impact on revenue; and Inspira being able to use the scale of multiple clients and a larger operation to reduce costs. Material factors or assumptions were applied in providing forward-looking information. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking information to vary from those described herein should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize. These factors include changes in law, competition, litigation, the ability to implement business strategies and pursue business opportunities, state of the capital markets, the availability of funds and resources to pursue operations, dependence on debt markets and interest rates, demand for the lending products Inspira offers at interest rates higher than at which Inspira can borrow, a novel business model, granting of permits and licenses in a highly regulated business, difficulty integrating newly acquired businesses (including the billing company), risks of performance by the target, new technologies, risk of billing irregularities by borrowers, low profit market segments, risks associated with the declaration and payment of dividends, including the discretion of Inspira's Board of Directors to declare dividends, as well as general economic, market and business conditions, as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to in Inspira's annual Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended February 29, 2016, filed with the securities regulatory authorities in certain provinces of Canada and available at www.sedar.com. Should any factor affect Inspira in an unexpected manner, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, the actual results or events may differ materially from the results or events predicted. Any such forward-looking information is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement. Moreover, Inspira does not assume responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such forward-looking information. The forward-looking information included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release and Inspira undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, other than as required by applicable law. Unless otherwise indicated, all figures are in Canadian dollars. In addition to the foregoing, further litigation and administrative actions, even if completely without merit, can be expected to cause Inspira to continue to incur substantial financial expenses to defend its actions. In addition, the litigation may be expected to draw management resources that would otherwise be used to grow and manage the company, and have the effect of impairing or slowing the efforts of Inspira to execute on its business plan. Inspira can offer no guidance on whether or how long such proceedings will continue. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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Systematic reviews | Year: 2013
Individuals with major psychotic and/or affective disorders are at increased risk for developing metabolic syndrome due to lifestyle- and treatment-related factors. Numerous pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions have been tested in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings to decrease these risk factors. This review focuses on primary care-based non-pharmacological (educational or behavioral) interventions to decrease metabolic syndrome risk factors in adults with major psychotic and/or affective disorders. The authors conducted database searches of PsychINFO, MEDLINE and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, as well as manual searches and gray literature searches to identify included studies. The authors were unable to identify any studies meeting a priori inclusion criteria because there were no primary care-based studies. This review was unable to demonstrate effectiveness of educational interventions in primary care. Interventions to decrease metabolic syndrome risk have been demonstrated to be effective in mental health and other outpatient settings. The prevalence of mental illness in primary care settings warrants similar interventions to improve health outcomes for this population.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS | Award Amount: 276.00K | Year: 2013
The research will focus on two synergistic activities; (a) synthesis of model low-dimensional (1- and 2D) quantum magnets, especially chains and square lattices and (b) examination of charge- and spin-density in those compounds. We endeavor to learn more about the electronic distribution and influences thereof, the exchange pathways in selected Cu(II), Ni(II), and Co(II)-based organic magnets. Our strategy will combine primary structural components assembled by coordinate covalent bonds (CCBs) between M(II) or Ir(IV) cations and diazine ligands [e.g., pyrazine (pyz)], with such ligands being well-known for their good Lewis basicity and ability to act as bridging functionalities and exchange mediators. Secondary interactions based on strong hydrogen bonds (e.g., F---H-O and F---H---F) will provide us with further structural control and an additional magnetic pathway that may dominate M-pyz-M, thus enabling exchange anisotropy. Initially, we will focus on several of the polymers recently developed by our group and then shift toward new systems featuring previously unknown combinations of ancillary ligands. The latter will allow us to systematically perturb electronic states in order to interrogate the salient features of charge- and spin-density distributions in a variety of materials. Undergraduates, from all backgrounds, will carry out the syntheses and assist with data analysis and characterization of samples, travel to state-of-the-art research facilities, and attend/present their work at professional conferences.
Metal-organic magnets constitute a major research area in the condensed matter sciences. Their popularity stems from the many synthetic variations that can be made which then allows for systematic investigation of their magnetic properties. Our fundamental research interests lie in using combinations of particular chemical bonds to design architectures of varying dimensionalities so as to tune the important magnetic interactions. In this project, we will utilize X-ray and neutron diffraction methods as well as solid state NMR to study the electron density distributions in designer magnets in order to evaluate the efficiency of certain bond types (e.g. exchange anisotropy) which will depend on the metal ions present. This work could lead to improved materials design and synthesis protocols in order to more effectively prepare multifunctional materials, i.e., those that contain multiple physical properties. Our materials discovery effort will be complemented by extensive characterization and theoretical work. The highly collaborative nature of this project makes use of several national and international user facilities and will provide unique opportunities for undergraduate students to travel with the PI to partake in many of the planned experiments as well as to attend professional conferences. Student involvement in the project will stimulate their growth and enthusiasm, and provide the necessary background to begin graduate work in the future or to go on to careers in the chemical and physical sciences. Mentorship and training of undergraduate students is a high priority of this project.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS | Award Amount: 265.00K | Year: 2010
Superconductors, materials which conduct electricity without any loss due to resistance, have the potential to revolutionize the energy demands of our society in the future. However, scientists need to increase the working temperatures of the superconductors in order for them to be useful. Despite much study, in many instances the mechanism behind the superconducting behavior remains a mystery. In an attempt to develop a better understanding of their complex behaviors, this award supports a project aiming to synthesize and characterize molecular materials that mimic the magnetic properties of oxide and pnictide superconductors, two classes of superconductors that may work at higher temperatures. The challenge in directly studying such systems lies in the large magnetic interactions that exist between the magnetic sites they contained. Through a variety of chemical methods, attempts will be made to reduce the scale of these interactions by controlling the molecular assembly of model compounds using particular combinations of chemical bonds. This structural control will enable a systematic approach to vary distances between atoms, the number of magnetically-active electrons, and other properties of the material. The application of pressure may lead to other unusual discoveries. The materials discovery effort will be complemented by extensive characterization and theoretical work. The highly collaborative nature of this project makes use of several national and international user facilities and will provide unique opportunities for the undergraduate students to travel to facilities to participate in the experiments, as well as to attend professional conferences. Undergraduate student involvement in every aspect of the project will stimulate the students? growth and enthusiasm as young scientists, as well as provide them with the necessary background to begin graduate work in the future or to go on to careers in the physical sciences. This research project receives support from the Division of Materials Research and the Chemistry Division.
This award to a Predominately Undergraduate Institution will support research focusing on the design, synthesis, and characterization of low-dimensional (1- and 2D) quantum magnets, in particular square lattices, as they may mimic the structural and magnetic properties of analogous cuprate and iron-pnictide superconductors. Using specific combinations of coordinate covalent bonds and strong hydrogen bonds, the molecular positioning of components will be controlled and tuned and the magnitude/sign of the intralayer (J) and interlayer (J) magnetic interactions and their relative ratio (J/J) will be systematically varied. The magnetic tunability of the systems will be achieved by: (a) ion-exchange (either positive or negative), (b) chemical doping, (c) application of hydrostatic or chemical pressure (i.e., isotopic substitution) and (d) co-ligand variation. Control of inter- and intralayer couplings will enable the modulation of the exchange anisotropy, critical temperatures (TN), and critical magnetic fields (Bc). In addition, the single-ion anisotropy in these systems will be manipulated by modifying the spin quantum number. The materials discovery effort will be complemented by extensive characterization and theoretical work. Magnetic-field and/or pressure-induced quantum criticality may lead to unusual phases, such that abrupt changes in behavior can occur due to instabilities in the magnetic system which ultimately drive phase transitions. Undergraduate student involvement in every facet of the project will stimulate their growth and enthusiasm as young scientists, as well as provide them with the necessary background to begin graduate work in the future or to go on to careers in the physical sciences. This research project receives support from the Division of Materials Research and the Chemistry Division.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 231.63K | Year: 2016
The Next Generation of STEM Teacher Preparation project is led by five institutions of higher education in Washington State. This collaborative effort will engage institutions involved in the preparation of teachers of STEM disciplines, Washington States Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, P-12 educators, and other key stakeholders from business, government, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in bringing about statewide sustainable change in the preparation of STEM teachers at all levels. The project moves away from isolated, single institutional program improvement efforts, to colleges and universities in Washington State working collaboratively to improve STEM teacher preparation in partnership with two-year colleges, P-12 schools, community groups, and businesses. The project will result in the production of more, highly qualified, P-12 science and mathematics teachers, including a new cadre of teachers prepared to teach computer science and engineering. In addition, the project seeks to increase the diversity of the STEM teacher workforce by actively recruiting and incentivizing underrepresented students from STEM majors at 2- and 4-year colleges to become P-12 middle and high school STEM teachers. Financial support for this project comes from NSFs Improving Undergraduate Education program and the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
The projects primary goals are:
1. To improve STEM teacher preparation programs in Washington State (impacting greater than 90% of the states future STEM teacher graduates,
2. Increase recruitment of qualified and diverse STEM students into teaching, and
3. Create an adaptive, research-based model for improving STEM teacher preparation through collaboration.
To achieve these goals, the project will: (a) create a common vision for STEM teacher preparation in Washington State, (b) share, develop, adapt, implement, and evaluate resources and models to achieve this vision, and (c) build and assess a model of continuous, collaborative program improvement. The critical components of teacher preparation this project will address include: improving pre-service teachers clinical practice and new teachers induction experiences, improving the disciplinary and STEM pedagogical content knowledge of pre-service teachers, and integrating computer science, engineering, and sustainability into teacher preparation. Cross-institutional Working Groups dedicated to improving each component will research, create, and produce a set of materials and professional development workshops. Regional Teams of faculty and administrators from institutions of higher education, P-12 educators, and representatives from STEM businesses, NGOs, and government agencies, will in turn adapt these materials and professional development experiences to support and sustain STEM teacher preparation program improvements at their institutions. Three capacity-building components: organizational change, increasing the diversity of the STEM teaching workforce, and collaboration building, will underlie the efforts of every Working Group and Regional Team.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Physiolg Mechansms&Biomechancs | Award Amount: 15.00K | Year: 2015
Oxidative stress results from the imbalance between free radical production and cellular detoxification and repair. At large interdisciplinary conferences, presentations addressing oxidative stress tend to be scattered throughout the program, often at concurrent sessions. Those conferences that focus on oxidative stress do so almost exclusively within the contexts of medicine or toxicology. Following a successful First International Conference on Oxidative Stress in Aquatic Habitats in 2012; this award will support portions of the Second International Conference on Oxidative Stress in Aquatic Habitats. Funds will support symposium speakers who integrate the omics into their research programs and will support the conference attendance of U.S. students, postdoctoral associates, and early career scientists.
The conference structure will include three types of working group sessions that will create synergy across disciplines and nationalities and enhance the development of collaborations. The conference design creates a unique opportunity to contribute to the interdisciplinary and global workforce needed for the Genomes - Phenomes Grand Challenge. Summative assessments will provide valuable information about what components of the conference design were most effective at facilitating collaborations and bridging disciplines and nationalities. Support from this award will enable participation by students, postdoctoral associates and early career scientists who self-identify into one or more category of underrepresented status. This will help increase the diversity of the STEM workforce that participates in international collaborations and that is engaged in studying the genome - phenome continuum.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 592.89K | Year: 2014
This project is supporting cohorts of upper division undergraduates at Eastern Washington University (EWU) who demonstrate academic potential, motivation for STEM, and financial need. Guiding objectives are: 1) to improve educational opportunities in the STEM disciplines by annually awarding scholarships to nine students; 2) to increase degree achievement by providing increased faculty mentoring and access to specialized student support services; 3) to build capacity in institutional practices that increase the retention of STEM students and of first generation and/or underrepresented minority students; and 4) to create and maintain community partnerships that increase EWUs visibility and generate training and employment opportunities for the students.
Notable project implementation components include mentoring, financial support, and enrichment activities designed to increase academic integration, motivation, identification with STEM, and retention to graduation. Students are recruited from three majors: Biology, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science which allows for: (1) an exploration of the interdisciplinary nature of STEM on the part of the cohort of scholarship recipients and (2) better matching of regional workforce needs with agency/industry partners. Encouragement of diversity in the STEM workforce is promoted through a combined incentive and support program to help recruit students, many of whom are first-generation college attendees and/or members of underrepresented groups in STEM. Finally, the project offers multiple mentoring experiences through cohort-building enrichment activities that include professional development, career planning, information literacy and civic engagement.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2010
The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, a partnership between EWU and the Spokane Public School District 81, is increasing the number and quality of mathematics and science teachers produced annually by providing $16,000 scholarships for approximately twelve candidates per year to result in 24-36 new teachers who hold baccalaureate STEM degrees. Scholarship recipients are placed in inquiry-based classrooms with highly qualified teachers of mathematics or science in high needs schools. The project is affecting the quality of instruction by working directly with the scholarship recipients and their mentor teachers to deliver highly effective inquiry-based instruction. Applicants are recruited through various avenues including try teaching science internships and opportunities to work with children in after school mathematics tutoring programs. Freshmen and sophomore students are recruited from underrepresented populations in STEM for summer internships by working with advisors from EWUs Africana, Chicano and Indian Studies. Summer interns work with the Kalispel Tribal children doing mathematics integrated ecological studies at Turnbull Refuge for one week, followed by working with underserved/underrepresented children at the YMCA and a community center for four weeks. By recruiting students from diverse backgrounds, this project is increasing the number of mathematics and science teachers from rural areas, low-income households and minority backgrounds. These teachers, in turn, serve as role models for their students.
The EWU Noyce program has two major goals: to increase the number of exemplary secondary mathematics and science teachers and to improve the capacity of EWU to educate and graduate highly effective mathematics and science teachers. The methods to meet these goals are based on research on student learning and what people need to know to become excellent teachers. EWUs scholarship recipients learn through inquiry-methods, learn how to use these methods in classes, and use these methods in their field teaching experiences. This helps them teach in ways that improve their students learning while simultaneously improving their own learning. As all of the Noyce Scholars are pursuing a baccalaureate in a STEM discipline, their depth of content is augmented by the recipients problem-based learning experiences. The project is also based on what is known about retaining students and new teachers who typically stay because they have supportive relationships. At EWU the scholarship recipients have regular advising sessions with an education advisor and content area advisor, a long-term relationship with their mentor teacher, and an in-person and on-line professional learning community with their scholarship cohort. These relationships are intended to extend into the new teachers first years of teaching. The advisors continue to be available for Scholars and new teachers have on-going access to a structured on-line professional learning community.