Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the amount of the fellowship?
The fellowship includes tuition and a $19,000 stipend over the 13 months.
2. What undergraduate degrees should applicants have?
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics. Individuals may have other majors with minor or equivalent coursework in these fields. It is expected that candidates would not have coursework or degree in Education.
3. Can licensed teachers in math and science apply?
No, the program is for initial licensure candidates. It is not appropriate for licensed or experienced teachers.
4. What is the obligation to teach in a high need school?
WINS Scholars must commit to teach for two years in a high need school. “High need” is defined as a school district with at least one school with (1) a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line, or (2) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach, or (3) a high teacher turnover rate. It may or may not be in North Carolina.
5. What if a candidate does not fulfill the teaching obligation?
If a graduate does not complete the two-year teaching obligation, then their Noyce support becomes a loan that must be repaid.
6. What is the length of the program?
The program is 13 months, beginning in early June and concluding at the end of the following June.
7. What are the components of the program?
The program includes four strands: education core courses, research, advanced content, and field work.
8. What is the relation of the WINS Program to the MTF Program?
The MTF Program has been in operation for the past 20 years. The WINS program is a part of the MTF program, providing additional funding and support for a select group of math and science candidates.
9. What is the mentoring follow-up part of WINS?
Following graduation, each WINS graduate will be mentored for at least two years by: (1) electronic mentoring (email, discussion boards, and blogs), (2) two annual on-campus seminars; and (3) financial support for attendance at professional conferences.
10. Who are the members of the WINS Advisory Board?
The Advisory Board includes five Wake Forest STEM faculty: Susan Fahrbach in Biology, Rebecca Alexander in Chemistry, Ellen Kirkman and Stephen Robinson in Mathematics, and Dany Kim-Shapiro in Physics. Jacquelyn Fetrow is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and also faculty in Computer Science and Physics. The final two members of the board are high school teachers: Wendy Bartlett who teaches math at Parkland High School, and Nicole Guilliams who teaches Chemistry at Trinity High School.
11. What if I have additional questions?