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For Immediate Release
November 17, 2017

IPFW Part of $531,000 Grant Renewal to Recruit STEM Teachers in Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—A grant valued at $531,789 has been renewed for Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and the I-STEM Resource Network and awarded to the Purdue Research Foundation to fund STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teacher recruitment and retention in Indiana.

Jeffrey Nowak, professor of education at IPFW, and Jennifer Hicks, science program manager at I-STEM Resource Network, are the principal investigators of the STEM Teacher Retention through Mentoring grant. The grant, announced earlier this month by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), was awarded through the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund, which was created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013.

The STEM Teacher Retention through Mentoring program involves IPFW, the University of Southern Indiana, Butler University, and 11 public school districts, including East Noble and Garrett-Keyser-Butler in northeast Indiana.

“Providing support to teachers early in their STEM teaching careers is critical to keeping them teaching here in Indiana,” said Nowak. “The renewal of this grant allows us to continue to offer that support and even expand it to more teachers.”

One of the offerings of the program is an online platform that supports interaction among the mentors and mentees and encourages the sharing of resources and ideas. The grant will allow the program to continue supporting the more than 90 current mentees and add more teachers who are in their first five years of teaching. There are 59 mentor teachers in the program.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Nowak at 260-481-6960 or