The MOEBIUS Project

MOEBIUS: Mathematics On Education based Integrated Understanding Scholars

MOEBIUS (National Science Foundation grant under the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program; DUE-0934934) aims to encourage talented math majors and professionals to become middle and high school mathematics teachers.

The MOEBIUS project is combining an innovative curriculum with an effective support network to increase success of students interested in teaching careers by coupling the Three R's framework (Rigor, Relevance and Retention) developed for this project with the newly established Blended Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program at California State University, Los Angeles to improve the preparation and retention of students. The Blended program is preparing students in a considerably shorter time by combining requirements for the undergraduate degree in mathematics and those of the California Single Subject teaching credential. The Three R's framework is providing students with much needed support for future success via three professional development modules.

In addition, MOEBIUS is increasing the diversity of this highly qualified teacher workforce by effectively engaging, recruiting, training and placing students from this minority-serving institution.

MOEBIUS Program awards scholarships of $10,000 per year for a maximum of two years to eligible juniors, seniors, and graduate students at California State University, Los Angeles. The four application categories are:

  1. Transfer students in Math BA Blended option (Maximum $20,000 over 2 years)
  2. Students in Credential program-Single Subject Math (Maximum $10,000 over 1 year)
  3. Students in Math MS/MA program & Credential program-Single Subject Math (Maximum $20,000 over 2 years)
  4. Students in 4-yr Math BA Blended option (Maximum $20,000 over 2 years)

Dr. Debasree Raychaudhuri is the Director of this project. Dr. Derek Chang and Dr. Fred Uy are co-directors (respectively from dept of mathematics and education)

Who Was Robert Noyce?

Robert Noyce (December 12, 1927 - June 3, 1990) co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel in 1968. He is also credited with the invention of the integrated circuit or microchip, which triggered the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name.

Information

Who is eligible to apply for MOEBIUS scholarship?

Minimum requirements for scholarship applicants:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien
  • Be a CSULA undergraduate, graduate and/ or credential student at the time of the award; undergraduate applicants must be juniors or seniors at the time of the award
  • Be majoring or have a degree in mathematics or pursue a credential in mathematics.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 90 quarter units of coursework

Are there any special obligations?

If you receive a MOEBIUS scholarship, you must:

  • Sign an agreement promising that you will teach for two years in a high-need district for each year of scholarship support or repay the funds
  • Attend MOEBIUS Program meetings and workshops as mandated
  • Meet quarterly with an advisor and make satisfactory progress toward your degree and/or your single subject credential
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA each quarter to retain the scholarship
  • Participate in at least 25 hours of mathematics education research and/or outreach activities each quarter
  • Earn your California single subject credential in mathematics at CSULA and fulfil your commitment to teach in a high-need district

Are there any special benefits?

In addition to financial support, MOEBIUS Scholars will enjoy a wide range of opportunities for professional growth, including:

  • Tutoring and directed teaching in partner schools
  • Advisement from CSULA mathematics and education faculty and professional mentoring from experienced mathematics educators in partner schools
  • Travel support to attend professional meetings / opportunities to network with peers and professionals in mathematics education

What is a high-need school district?

The National Science Foundation defines "high-need" school districts on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Student participation in free or reduced priced lunch programs Level of teacher preparation / teacher attrition rates
  • Examples of high-need districts include Los Angeles, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Duarte, El Monte, Garvey, Glendale, Long Beach, , Monrovia, Montebello, Pasadena, and West Covina.

Application Process

Download the Application Package

Application Checklist

We accept applications every quarter. Your application will be complete when all of the following materials are received:

  1. Application form (typed and signed)
  2. Personal narrative (typed)
  3. Official transcripts
  4. Two confidential letters with reference forms

Mail or deliver application material 1-4 together to the following address:

MOEBIUS, Attn: Dr. D. Raychaudhuri
Department of Mathematics
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Please direct inquiries to the program director: Dr. Debasree Raychaudhuri (draycha@calstatela.edu), or the co-directors: Dr. Derek Chang (dchang5@calstatela.edu) or Dr. Fred Uy (fuy@calstatela.edu).

Events

TBA

Scholars

MOEBIUS Scholars

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Sam Chayu, Undergraduate student

  • Scholar, Category I
  • Entry year 2009-2010
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Dan Guo, Graduate student

  • Scholar, Category 3
  • Entry year 2009-2010
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Aiken Lenh, Graduate student

  • Scholar, Category 2
  • Entry year 2009-2010
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Jorge Ortega, Graduate student

  • Scholar, Category 3
  • Entrt year 2009-2010
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Maribel Aguilar, Undergraduate student

  • Scholar category 1
  • Entry year 2009-2010
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Coffley Moore, Undergraduate student

  • Scholar Category 1
  • Entry year 2009-2010
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Jenny Tong, Undergraduate Student

  • Scholar Category 2
  • Entry year 2009-2010
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Carrie Huang,Graduate student

  • Scholar category 3
  • Entry year 2009-2010
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Jennifer Fong, Graduate student

  • Scholar Category 3
  • Entry year 2009-2010
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Koruyn Petrosyan

  • Undergraduate student
  • Scholar Category I
  • Entry year 2010-2011
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Fendi He, Graduate student

  • Scholar Category 3
  • Entry year 2010-2011
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Siu Lun Wang, Undergraduate student

  • Scholar Category I
  • Entry year 2010-2011
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Albert Lee

  • Undergradute student
  • Scholar category I
  • Entry year 2010-2011
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Kwan Tam, Graduate student

  • Scholar Category 3
  • Entry year 2010-2011
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Julieta Karapetyan, Undergraduate student

  • Scholar Category I
  • Entry year 2011-2012
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Jose Alvarez, Undergraduate student

  • Scholar Category I
  • Entry year 2011-2012
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Geovanni Arellano, Graduate student

  • Scholar Category 2
  • Entry year 2011-2012
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Alexander Gomez, Undergraduate student

  • Scholar Category I
  • Entry year 2011-2012

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Naira Arakelyan, Undergraduate student

  • Scholar Category I
  • Entry year 2011-2012

 

Personnel

MOEBIUS Scholars

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Dr. Debasree Raychaudhuri, Principal Investigator

Department of Mathematics

Office Location ST F 203

Email: draycha@calstatela.edu

Phone: 323-343-5254

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Dr. Derek Chang, Co-PI

Dept. of Mathematics

Office Location ST F 217

Email: dchang5@calstatela.edu

Phone: 323-343-2154

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Dr. Fred Uy, Co-PI

Dept of Education

Office Location: KH A 2027

Email :fuy@calstatela.edu

Phone:323-343-5468

 

Personnel

Mr. Brewer

Mentor Teacher

MASS

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Mr. Yoshikawa

Mentor Teacher

MASS

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Ms. DeVaney

Mentor Teacher, MASS

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Mr. Lopez

Mentor Teacher, MASS