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NDMU Alum awarded Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship for her work in STEM

January 25, 2017

Big honors for Notre Dame of Maryland University graduate Candace Wright ‘16. The biology alum has been awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. The fellowship offers recent graduates and career changers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) a stipend of $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program in exchange for a commitment to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools.

While attending Notre Dame, Wright worked multiple semesters as an undergraduate teaching assistant and during her senior year, she participated in a science teaching apprenticeship in the Biology Department with Dr. Jennifer Kerr.

"Candace was one of those students that thrived on information. She was always asking questions, and was willing to learn and help anywhere I needed," says Dr. Kerr. "She is deservedly fitting of this award. Her desire for learning never teetered and she will no doubt inspire many future generations of STEM students. They are lucky to have her."

Since graduating in May of 2016, Wright has been hard at work in the master’s program at Rutgers University in New Jersey. During the fall semester, she started her student teaching with two 7th grade classes. She added two additional classes this January - a 6th grade Earth and Space Science class as well as an 8th Grade Physical Science class.