MOEBIUS: Mathematics On Education based Integrated Understanding Scholars
MOEBIUS (National Science Foundation grant under the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program; DUE-0934934) aims to encourage talented math majors and professionals to become middle and high school mathematics teachers.
The MOEBIUS project is combining an innovative curriculum with an effective support network to increase success of students interested in teaching careers by coupling the Three R's framework (Rigor, Relevance and Retention) developed for this project with the newly established Blended Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program at California State University, Los Angeles to improve the preparation and retention of students. The Blended program is preparing students in a considerably shorter time by combining requirements for the undergraduate degree in mathematics and those of the California Single Subject teaching credential. The Three R's framework is providing students with much needed support for future success via three professional development modules.
In addition, MOEBIUS is increasing the diversity of this highly qualified teacher workforce by effectively engaging, recruiting, training and placing students from this minority-serving institution.
MOEBIUS Program awards scholarships of $10,000 per year for a maximum of two years to eligible juniors, seniors, and graduate students at California State University, Los Angeles. The four application categories are:
- Transfer students in Math BA Blended option (Maximum $20,000 over 2 years)
- Students in Credential program-Single Subject Math (Maximum $10,000 over 1 year)
- Students in Math MS/MA program & Credential program-Single Subject Math (Maximum $20,000 over 2 years)
- Students in 4-yr Math BA Blended option (Maximum $20,000 over 2 years)
Dr. Debasree Raychaudhuri is the Director of this project. Dr. Derek Chang and Dr. Fred Uy are co-directors (respectively from dept of mathematics and education)
Who Was Robert Noyce?
Robert Noyce (December 12, 1927 - June 3, 1990) co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968. He is also credited with the invention of the integrated circuit or microchip, which triggered the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name.
Who is eligible to apply for MOEBIUS scholarship?
Minimum requirements for scholarship applicants:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien
- Be a CSULA undergraduate, graduate and/ or credential student at the time of the award; undergraduate applicants must be juniors or seniors at the time of the award
- Be majoring or have a degree in mathematics or pursue a credential in mathematics.
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 90 quarter units of coursework
Are there any special obligations?
If you receive a MOEBIUS scholarship, you must:
- Sign an agreement promising that you will teach for two years in a high-need district for each year of scholarship support or repay the funds
- Attend MOEBIUS Program meetings and workshops as mandated
- Meet quarterly with an advisor and make satisfactory progress toward your degree and/or your single subject credential
- Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA each quarter to retain the scholarship
- Participate in at least 25 hours of mathematics education research and/or outreach activities each quarter
- Earn your California single subject credential in mathematics at CSULA and fulfil your commitment to teach in a high-need district
Are there any special benefits?
In addition to financial support, MOEBIUS Scholars will enjoy a wide range of opportunities for professional growth, including:
- Tutoring and directed teaching in partner schools
- Advisement from CSULA mathematics and education faculty and professional mentoring from experienced mathematics educators in partner schools
- Travel support to attend professional meetings / opportunities to network with peers and professionals in mathematics education
What is a high-need school district?
The National Science Foundation defines "high-need" school districts on the basis of the following criteria:
- Student participation in free or reduced priced lunch programs Level of teacher preparation / teacher attrition rates
- Examples of high-need districts include Los Angeles, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Duarte, El Monte, Garvey, Glendale, Long Beach, , Monrovia, Montebello, Pasadena, and West Covina.
Download the Application Package
We accept applications every quarter. Your application will be complete when all of the following materials are received:
- Application form (typed and signed)
- Personal narrative (typed)
- Official transcripts
- Two confidential letters with reference forms
Mail or deliver application material 1-4 together to the following address:MOEBIUS, Attn: Dr. D. RaychaudhuriDepartment of MathematicsCalifornia State University, Los Angeles5151 State University DriveLos Angeles, CA 90032
Sam Chayu, Undergraduate student
Dan Guo, Graduate student
Aiken Lenh, Graduate student
Jorge Ortega, Graduate student
Maribel Aguilar, Undergraduate student
Coffley Moore, Undergraduate student
Jenny Tong, Undergraduate Student
Carrie Huang,Graduate student
Jennifer Fong, Graduate student
Fendi He, Graduate student
Siu Lun Wang, Undergraduate student
Kwan Tam, Graduate student
Julieta Karapetyan, Undergraduate student
Jose Alvarez, Undergraduate student
Geovanni Arellano, Graduate student
Alexander Gomez, Undergraduate student
Naira Arakelyan, Undergraduate student
Dr. Debasree Raychaudhuri, Principal Investigator
Department of Mathematics
Office Location ST F 203
Dr. Derek Chang, Co-PI
Dept. of Mathematics
Office Location ST F 217
Dr. Fred Uy, Co-PI
Dept of Education
Office Location: KH A 2027
Mentor Teacher, MASS
Mentor Teacher, MASS