Program aims to boost urban math, science teaching

A $2.8 million, multi-year grant will help Michigan State University meet demand for math and science teachers in urban U.S. school districts.

The East Lansing school announced Thursday that the funding from India-based Wipro Ltd. will allow it to offer a fellowship program to more than 100 teachers, starting this summer in Chicago. The focus is science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Wipro STEM Fellowship Program will include coursework leading to a Graduate Certificate in STEM Teaching and Leadership. All expenses will be covered for participants, who must commit to continue teaching in an urban school for at least two years.

The fellowship program will be offered first to teachers in Chicago, with the possibility for expansion. Teachers selected for the fellowship will get a $5,000 stipend.