UVU Graduate Receives Prestigious Fellowship Designed To Prepare New Generation Of College Professors
June 11, 2014
For Immediate Release
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Kevin Shane, a 2012 physics graduate of Utah Valley University, has been selected as an inaugural Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow. He will attend Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., to pursue a master’s degree in physics.
The former Payson, Utah, resident who now lives in Indiana, has been an undergraduate lab instructor, physics tutor, and undergraduate researcher with the University of California, San Diego, and the CERN CMS project at the Large Hadron Collider located in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows for 2014 are recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math — the STEM fields. The highly competitive Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship prepares candidates specifically to teach in the Indiana’s high-need urban and rural secondary schools.
Shane will receive $30,000 to complete a specially designed master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience. In return, he will commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural Indiana schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the three-year commitment, fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring.
“Study after study has shown that the single most important in-school factor in student achievement is access to excellent classroom teachers,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “These fellows are bringing real science and math expertise to the kids who most need them. They’re going to change tens of thousands of lives.”
Wisconsin joins Indiana as one of the first two states to launch the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership. The foundation has been approached by a private funding entity about the possibility of taking the MBA statewide in Indiana, and three other states are currently negotiating to begin the program.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation of Princeton, N.J., identifies and develops leaders to meet the nation’s most critical challenges. The foundation was created to meet the challenge of preparing a new generation of college professors.