What is the Carver Teaching Initiative?

The George W. Carver Teaching Initiative (CTI) at IUPUI is a scholarship and career development program dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and support of high-achieving, underrepresented minority college students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaching careers. The primary goal of the Carver Teaching Initiative is to prepare CTI scholars to serve urban students through culturally responsive and socially transformative approaches to STEM education.

How does CTI work?

Internships. CTI Scholars have the opportunity to receive paid, summer internships as undergraduate freshmen and sophomores. The CTI STEM Summer Teaching internship gives students an opportunity to (a) experience STEM education from a teacher's perspective, and (b) consider a career in STEM education.


Scholarships. CTI Scholars have the opportunity to receive up to $33,000 in scholarships as undergraduate juniors and seniors. Scholars who accept this scholarship commit to teaching 2 years for every year that scholarship money is received. Scholarship recipients earn a 4-year degree from the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI, and teaching certification from the IUPUI School of Education. Supported STEM majors are: biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, and physics.

Biology Education Chemistry Education Earth Science Education

Mathematics Education Physics Education

Additional Benefits. CTI scholars also have opportunities for professional networking and career building, collaborative research and teaching with faculty, and job placement assistance with partnering school districts.

Who is eligible to apply?

Required. CTI Scholars must be accepted into or enrolled full-time in an eligible IUPUI or Ivy Tech degree program. Scholars must also be citizens or permanent residents of the US.

Preferred. Acceptance as a CTI Scholar is competitive. The following criteria are preferred: a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, an SAT of 530 math and 1080 combined reading/math OR an ACT of 21 math and 21 composite, and a completed Core 40 diploma with grades of C or better.

High School Students. High-achieving, underrepresented minority high school juniors and seniors are also encouraged to apply. We can and do reserve space for promising incoming freshmen and also provide support in helping promising high school students to obtain additional scholarships

2019-2020 CTI Scholar Application

To apply...

Applicants will need...

  • A completed CTI Scholar Application (including an essay)

  • High school transcripts (for high school applicants)

  • University transcripts (for IUPUI and Ivy Tech applicants)

CTI Workshops

CTI Workshops provide ongoing opportunities for professional development, STEM learning, and networking. Unless otherwise indicated, workshops are open to the public.

2019-2020 CTI Workshops

Other Media

Our video on the Carver Teaching Initiative, CTI Inspire: Diversifying the STEM Teaching Workforce, received Facilitators' Choice recognition, as part of the 2019 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase. Visit the showcase here.

*This project is supported in part by a Drive Grant from the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1758481.


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