The Conrad and Virginia Klee Fellowships in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

For some time, there have been serious shortages of qualified teachers in all areas of the sciences and mathematics. Because of this, our children are put at risk of poor teaching and limited learning in these essential fields. Various comparisons within the United States and with other industrialized nations demonstrate that we are not adequately preparing future generations to continue the research and development that has made the United States the world leader in the sciences, medicine, engineering, and technology. Over the past 20 years, fewer and fewer American born women and men have chosen science, mathematics, or engineering as their field of study. Commonly, college and university professors complain that students are ill prepared for college level work in these fields. The challenge is to reverse this trend by providing better learning opportunities for students who demonstrate a talent in one or more of these fields and for developing greater science, mathematical, and technological literacy in all students. The key to meeting this challenge is to prepare outstanding teachers who are dedicated to delivering innovative, rigorous, and engaging instruction that will not only increase student performance in science and mathematics, but develop a lifelong interest in these subjects as well. Thus, the goal is to provide middle and high school students with higher quality instruction that results in higher academic performance and leads to an interest and commitment from students to take higher level courses in science and mathematics.

The Conrad and Virginia Klee Fellowships are merit-based awards for students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in either science or mathematics education. Students awarded a Klee Fellowship will be full-time students and be expected to finish the degree program over three academic semesters. In addition, Klee Fellows will be required to participate in a five-week research program during one summer. The dates are negotiable depending on the nature of the research and supervising faculty.

Klee Fellows receive a tuition scholarship from the Graduate School of Binghamton University and a $24,000stipend over the three academic semesters of the MAT program ($8000 per semester). To apply please submit an application and all required materials to the Graduate School along with a personal essay, which includes a statement of your teaching philosophy and a research question you would like to answer as part of the Fellowship requirements.

Applicants must be:

  • Accepted for fall or spring admission in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Science or Mathematics
  • Enrolled full-time in the (upcoming) fall or spring semester

  • Students seeking scholarship consideration must submit the scholarship application and essay by April 15. Applications may be returned to the SEHD Dean's Office, AB-133 or mailed to:

    The Klee Fellowship Selection Committee
    Office of the Dean
    School of Education and Human Development
    Binghamton University
    PO Box 6000
    Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

    Last Updated: 3/22/16