Madison Miller earns Knowles Fellowship
Madison Claire Miller, a senior Capstone Scholar and math major in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina, has been awarded a 2011 Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship in Mathematics.
She is the 10th USC student and the eighth mathematics major to be named a Knowles Teaching Fellow.
Miller is a graduate of Long Reach High School and is the daughter of Belinda and Scott Miller of Elkridge, Md.
She plans to enroll in the Master of Education program in curriculum and instruction at the University of Maryland.
Miller will receive professional and financial support for up to five years, beginning with her teacher preparation program and continuing to her eligibility for tenure.
Miller has been a volunteer tutor and mentor at the Waverly Community Center, a Group Exercise instructor at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center, and a member of both SALA (Students Associated for Latin America) and Relay for Life. She has also had leadership roles with Kangaroo Kids Precision Jump Rope Team, which has allowed her to teach, compete and perform all over the United States and in eight foreign countries.
“I know I am going to be happy because each finalist inspired me with their talent and passion, so when I was awarded this fellowship I was most excited that I would get to continue working with this amazing group of educators. I know the professional development opportunities through KSTF are going to make me love going to work each day,” said Miller.
Dr. Ed Dickey from the College of Education has provided guidance to applicants for the Knowles Teaching Fellow, all of whom have majored in mathematics or science at USC. This is the seventh consecutive year the University of South Carolina has had Knowles winners.
“Our success with Knowles awardees reflects positively on the high quality of math and science teacher preparation at USC, a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education,” Dickey said.
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have received a bachelor's or advanced degree in science, engineering or mathematics and are committed to teaching high school science and/or mathematics in U.S. schools. The fellowship supports them professionally and financially for up to $150,000 in addition to being a part of a network of outstanding beginning teachers who are grappling with the same issues of teacher preparation and induction.
Miller was assisted by the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. Students interested in seeking national fellowships are encouraged to visit their website at www.sc.edu/ofsp for more information on fellowships and office services.