There is a critical shortage of qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers, and these shortages are especially acute in rural areas. To address to this pressing need, Purdue University has pioneered a program to staff rural secondary schools with highly qualified STEM teachers.
STEM Goes Rural is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary initiative that includes a team of educators closely associated with Purdue's Center for Research and Engagement in Science and Mathematics Education. The initiative also features the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowships, which offer $30,000 stipends funded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Lilly Endowment. Both fellows and STEM Goes Rural participants will have the opportunity to interact with leading scientists and engineers and receive ongoing mentoring as they transition to the classroom.