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Adam Cottrell named one of 12 national Science Teaching Fellows for 2006

Adam Cottrell, a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, has received a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship. The five-year award provides financial and professional support, beginning with the academic year in which the fellow earns a teaching credential and continuing through the early years of the fellow’s teaching career.  

To be considered for a fellowship, a person must hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree in science, engineering or mathematics and be committed to teaching high school science or mathematics in the United States. Cottrell, a native of Asheville, N.C., earned his bachelor of science degree in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006.

The Knowles Fellowships are awarded after a competitive, three-round selection process, including an interview with Harry and Janet Knowles, who established the Foundation. The awards are based on ability and promise, not on need.  

Over the course of the fellowship, the fellows become a part of a community of scholars of high school science and mathematics teaching. They meet three times each year and communicate regularly with each other through electronic discussion boards. In the summers, they engage in professional development opportunities that expose them to a variety of teaching resources, curriculum materials, research findings and experts in the field.

The Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles Foundation was established in 1999 by Janet Knowles, an accomplished artist, and Harry Knowles, a chemist and inventor. Its purpose is to strengthen the quality of science and mathematics teachers teaching in grades 9-12 in United States schools.

In addition to the teaching fellowships, the Foundation also awards research fellowships and sponsors a conference series focusing on topics in science and mathematics education.