Paid internships available for future science educators

February 13, 2013

Arizona State University’s STARR Noyce Scholarship Program is teaming up with the Arizona Science Center to offer paid internships to students 18 years and older who are interested in teaching science to middle or high school students. Science Teachers for Arizona – Recruitment and Retention (STARR) Noyce is a program aimed particularly at identifying and supporting science teachers who will persist in high-need education environments.

Ten interns will be selected in March 2013. Those chosen will volunteer at Arizona Science Center and help develop tabletop activities or demonstrations, create curriculum, or serve as a teaching assistant at science camp or in class. Interns will receive $1,000 stipends once they have completed a required number of volunteer hours. ASU interns teach science-based topics at Arizona Science Center. Download Full Image

To help recruit potential science educators, the internships are hosted in an environment where students can gain hand-on experience in both teaching and leadership.

“This is a unique opportunity for anyone who has ever considered teaching to try it out in a dynamic, fun, and playful environment,” said Suzanne Cassano, ASU STARR Noyce scholarship specialist. “For anyone interested in science, we encourage them to bring their enthusiasm and creativity to this exciting internship.”

Accepted interns must participate in a three-hour orientation and tour, become proficient in presenting science-related topics from at least three tabletop activities and two ASC galleries, and commit to volunteering 125 hours at Arizona Science Center.

Applications must be submitted between Feb. 4 and March 4, 2013. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens; currently enrolled in high school, or at a community college or university; have a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; be at least 18 years old; be committed to working at least 25 hours each month for five months; and interested in teaching.

Interns will receive other rewards for volunteering at Arizona Science Center including: two general admission and planetarium passes after 50 hours of service, a free basic membership after 100 hours, free parking and a discount to the ASC cafe.

The ASU STARR Noyce Scholarship Paid Intern Program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is designed to identify students who are underrepresented minorities or the first in their families to pursue a college degree and provide incentives to complete their degrees and work as science teachers in high need schools. ASU’s School of Life Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College oversee and promote the program.

To apply for the ASU STARR Noyce Scholarship Paid Intern Program at Arizona Science Center, contact Suzanne Cassano at 480-965-2561,, or on Facebook at ASU STARR Noyce Scholarship Program:

School of Life Sciences is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Sandra Leander

Manager, Media Relations and Marketing, School of Life Sciences


ASU Polytechnic campus to host Cal Poly for final home wrestling duel

February 13, 2013

Arizona State University is hosting a wrestling match against Cal Poly at 7 p.m., MT, Feb. 15, at the new Sun Devil Fitness Complex, which opened in January 2013, at the ASU Polytechnic campus.

This final Pac-12 conference match of the wrestling season will be the first sporting event in the new Sun Devil Fitness Complex at the location. Funded by a student government-endorsed facility fee, the 60,000 square foot facility includes weights and fitness areas, gyms for group fitness classes, three basketball courts, a swimming pool, locker rooms, bike co-op, and the campus health and wellness Download Full Image

The match-up is also Senior Night, where two senior-student athletes and their families will be honored. The Sun Devils will honor seniors Levi Cooper and Jake Meredith, who will finish their careers at ASU at the end of the season.

Cooper is the team’s lone returning All-American, having earned the honor as a sophomore two years ago. Consistently ranked as one of the top 20 heavyweights in the nation for the past two seasons, Cooper has compiled a career record of 81-50 and is 38-22 in conference duals.

Cooper leads the team in dual victories this season with a 14-4 record and over his career, he has amassed 28 bonus-point victories – a mark good enough for 18th all-time in ASU history.

Meredith made the decision to return for another season after missing the 2011-12 campaign due to an injury.  An NCAA Championship participant and Pac-12 Champion at 184 pounds during the 2010-11 season, Meredith moved up to 197 pounds this season and has established himself as one of the elite grapplers at the weight class.

Meredith has put together a career record of 70-47 and is 35-23 in dual competition. He is 22-6 this season and has been ranked in the nation’s top-10 at 197 pounds for the majority of the year.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting the Sun Devil Ticket Office, located at the Carson Student-Athlete Center (south end of Sun Devil Stadium). Fans can reach a representative in the Ticket Office by phone at (480) 727-0000 or via email at

Ticket prices for the Cal-Poly match-up are $7 for adults, $5 for junior and seniors (fans under 18 years of age or over 60 years of age are eligible), $5 for ASU faculty and staff (must show a valid University ID) and $3 per person for groups of 15 or more.

The ASU Polytechnic campus is located in East Mesa and is home to more than 6,000 students exploring ASU’s professional and technological programs. The campus is located at 7001 E. Williams Field Road in Mesa, Ariz.

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications