- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.4 million to Lewis University for a program designed to help recruit and prepare future math and science teachers. The program’s intent is to increase the amount of those teachers for schools in need of them.

The program at the Roman Catholic university outside Chicago will fund 36 scholarships over five years and recruit undergraduate majors in biology, chemistry, math and physics. Those registered in the program will prepare to become sixth through 12th grade math or science teachers.

Dorene Huvaere is the Lewis University professor who led the team that applied for the grant.

Huvaere said science, technology, engineering and mathematics are becoming more important in education. She said there is a need for teachers in those fields as the pace of technological development picks up.

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