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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UC Denver

Teaching Scholarships

Our Current Scholars

Math Scholars

Barbara Steward graduated in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition and a minor in Mathematics, and earned her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences in 2009. She worked as a college nutrition instructor, a research coordinator, and a fitness professional before moving to Colorado and becoming a Noyce Scholar in Fall 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Urban Community Teacher Education Program to pursue her secondary math and science licenses. On the side she enjoys teaching group fitness and cooking.

Dan Van der Vieren will be completing his Secondary Mathematics Teacher Certification with the Urban Community Teacher Education Program in spring of 2014.  After teaching fundamental mathematics to adults at Red Rocks Community College from 2011-2013, he realized that he wanted to help prepare and inspire middle school and high school students to pursue the variety of post-secondary opportunities available to them.  Dan graduated from Regis University with a BS in Mathematics and wrote a culminating Honors thesis on the Rubik's Cube and Cryptography during his senior year.  He has participated in several internships--the NSA and a summer youth enrichment program--both of which pushed him towards teaching secondary mathematics.  Dan also tutors privately and has written a mathematics study guide for elementary and middle school students.  In his free time, Dan loves to play guitar, write poetry, hike and snow shoe.

Anna Dienstfrei is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics within the Education department at University of Colorado Denver. She has worked as a math, chemistry, and communication tutor at Red Rocks Community College for the past three years and has gained valuable experience working with students of various ages, national origins, and skill levels. Anna is proud to have contributed to projects presented at the Noyce Scholars conference in Tuscan, Arizona and at the national conference in Washington D.C. In the spring of 2013, she completed an internship at Aurora Central HS, and will complete an internship at North Middle School in the fall of 2013. Involvement in the Noyce program has created many opportunities that would not have been possible without the provided personal and financial support. Anna would like to thank those involved in the program for helping her pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.

Evyn Hackett has been a Noyce Scholar since Fall of 2012, and has completed parts of her educational licensure program at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, and at the University of Colorado in Denver. She is an undergraduate Mathematics major who has tutoring and teaching experience with private clients, and at the University of Colorado Mathematics Education Resource Center. Working towards a Mathematics Bachelor's Degree has been both challenging and rewarding for her. The continued support and motivation supplied by the Robert Noyce Scholarship Foundation and its sponsors, as well as its scholars, has helped her to succeed and grow in her educational beliefs and practices. Evyn has enjoyed participating in enlightening and inspiring professional conferences around the country thanks to Noyce, including the 2012 Regional Conference in Tucson, AZ, and the 2013 National Conference in Washington D.C.. Noyce has been a great opportunity to explore math, science, and education topics beyond what the University alone can provide. For her, she is glad to have this collaborative community of higher knowledge and support behind her as she progresses into the world of education. She is eager to apply her knowledge and experience into teaching at the high school level, and hopes to inspire her students to pursue STEM degrees and careers, just as she aspired to herself.

Robyn Kinney graduated from North Carolina State University in 2002 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. After working for nine years as a Technical Sales Engineer at Texas Instruments, she followed her passion for math education.  She is currently enrolled in the Urban Community Teacher Education program at CU Denver where she will complete her secondary mathematics teaching license in December, 2013.  Robyn is thankful for the additional coaching and support provided by the Noyce Scholarship program as she has completed an internship at North Middle School in the spring of 2013 and is currently completing an internship at Rangeview High School.  

Melissa Romero is currently majoring in mathematics at CU Denver in preparation for a career teaching at the secondary level. Since elementary school, she has enjoyed assisting her fellow classmates; in eighth grade she was assigned two students to mentor, and high school led to many tutoring positions that catered to first graders up to college sophomores. Recently, she has interned at three schools: York International School, North Middle School in Aurora, and the Denver School of Science and Technology: Stapleton. She is eager and excited to explore the opportunities presented to her as one of the new Noyce Scholarship recipients and by the fall of 2015, she hopes to begin her life as an educator.
Science Scholars

Hannah Tystad graduated with her degree in Biology from the University of Colorado Denver and is currently working towards a teaching license for secondary science education.  She has been with NOYCE since spring of 2012 and has enjoyed working with each person in the program.  She has participated in internships with the Upward Bound program, research with Dr. Bruederle and also the regional conference in Tucson, AZ.  She has also spent a year as a TA for the Basic Biology course at UCD.  She has always enjoyed working with children and decided to make it a career in the field of teaching.  In her free time, she loves to go biking, hiking and walking her dog.

Kevin Simpson is a first year graduate student working towards his teaching licensure in secondary science as well as an MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in secondary science.  He graduated in 2013 with a BS in Integrative Biology and Educational Studies and Mathematics minors.  Kevin hopes to teach high school chemistry and biology when he is finished with the program.  When not doing schoolwork, Kevin enjoys the many outdoor activities Colorado has to offer such as hiking and snowshoeing.

Brooke Buckland graduated from James Madison University in 2006 with a BS in Biotechnology. After several years of working in academic research labs at Duke University, she moved to Colorado and earned a MS in Biology in 2013 at the University of Denver. She realized her passion for teaching during her graduate teaching assistantship and by tutoring undergraduate students with learning disabilities in biology. After graduating from DU, she enrolled in the Urban Community Teacher Education program at CU Denver and is currently working towards a secondary science educator license.

Tara Collister graduated with honors in Biology from CU Denver in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the MA program in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on secondary science. As an undergraduate, Tara was awarded a UROP grant in 2012 investigating the signal transduction pathway during Xenopus laevis fertilization and also worked as a Learning Assistant for General Genetics lecture. Tara looks forward to bringing her academic and research experience to the secondary classroom, and is excited to make science interesting and accessible to young adults. When not reading or studying, Tara is an avid karaoke singer and Colorado history buff who likes spectating the numerous sports and activities enjoyed by her daughters, spending time with her husband, and sampling ethnic cuisine.

Emily Larson is a senior at CU Denver and plans to graduate in the summer of 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Geography specializing in Environmental Science and a minor in Physics and Biology. This summer, Emily enjoyed being a Noyce intern where she tutored students in the Math Pioneers program, an awesome learning experience for her. In her free time, Emily enjoys anything where she can be outside, including camping, hiking, biking, playing soccer, gardening, reading, snowboarding or just enjoying other people's company. Emily is very excited to begin her life-long dream of becoming a high school science teacher. 

Rebecca Reilly has a BA in Biology and is currently a graduate student in the School of Urban Education. She has always been passionate about teaching, and has taught in alternative settings for eight years, including science museums, the Peace Corps, and tutoring.  She seeks to interrupt the process where people decide that science is hard and unattainable, and wants everyone to feel the connection to science that she does. When she is not in the classroom, she likes to ride her bike, sew, draw comics, do crosswords, and eat cheese.

Kevin Simpson is a senior biology major at CU Denver. He also is getting his minor in mathematics and education with plans to finish the Urban Education program as a post-baccalaureate. After receiving his teaching licenses in both math and science, he wants to teach secondary math. With a busy school life and several jobs outside of school, he is looking forward to finishing the program and finally getting to enjoy the career he’s always wanted.

Soj Sirivanchai graduated from University of Colorado Denver in2010 with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. After receiving her Masters Degree in Microbiology from the University of California Berkeley in 2012 she decided to pursue her lifelong passion for teaching. She is currently enrolled in the Urban Community Teacher Education program at CU Denver where she will complete her secondary science teaching license in May, 2014. Soj is extremely grateful for the assistance and encouragement provided by the Noyce Scholarship program. She is currently in the midst of an exciting internship at Hinkley High School.