Mercy Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative

Want to learn more about the program?

A recording of the  MISTI II Information Zoom Session from April 6 is available:
Zoom Link | Passcode: y%W2w^62  

Feel free to reach out to any MISTI Ambassador for their take on the program.

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Are You Inspired to Teach the Next Generation of STEM Leaders?

Looking for first semester Seniors and first semester Graduate Students in Fall 2024 who are majoring/have a degree in a STEM field of study. You can earn $40,000+ in scholarships in our six-year program to become teachers in high-need schools!

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The MISTI II program seeks to recruit, certify, and actively support 16 new science (biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics) and mathematics teachers to teach in high-need schools through:

  • Cultivating teachers who believe it is important to be anti-racist, actively working to break down barriers and inequities in schools
  • Teaching research-based student-centered learning approaches aligned with Culturally Relevant Education

Coursework that explicitly supports authentic integration of engineering and technology

Contact Program Director Dr. Meghan Marrero at

Work Toward Becoming a Science or Math Teacher While Earning $40,000 in Scholarships.

Apply to Become a MISTI Scholar! 

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Apply today! 

Deadline for Cohort 4 is June 1, 2024


  • Application including transcript, resume, essay, letters of recommendation
  • United States Citizen or Permanent Resident  (proof required)
  • Interview with MISTI Faculty via Zoom
  • 3.0 or better GPA in a relevant STEM field of study (biology, chemistry, earth science, math or physics)
  • 100 hours of classroom observation during the school year
  • One year of student teaching – one semester at the middle school level and one semester at the high school level in our partner schools
  • Following graduation, teach in a high-needs school/district for four years


  • Starting undergraduate students are granted $10,000 in tuition for senior year and $30,000 tuition for graduate studies while student teaching 
  • Starting graduate students are granted a $40,000 stipend during the year of student teaching

Full information sheet for Mercy undergraduates

Full information sheet for Mercy graduate students

MISTI Ambassadors

“Oh, it's amazing because the knowledge that I've come out with, I would have never had that if it wasn't for the MISTI program. I can say that because of MISTI, and since they've given me help me with with the STEM and being a leader, that I'm able to set goals much higher for myself than I would have been able to, if I wasn't in the MISTI program”  (Fall 2020)

Tyler Kroll is in his 3rd year teaching mathematics at the Charter School for Educational Excellence High School in Yonkers, NY.   He is currently taking courses for an Advanced Certificate in STEM Education.

Introducing MISTI II scholars Cohorts 1-3:

These amazing students have embarked on their studies to become science and math teachers in high-need schools.  Please meet these Mercy Mavericks (pictured here at our STEM Educators Conference in September 30, 2023):

Yumilka Polanco (Mathematics), Gianna Maffei (Mathematics), Showki Zindani (Biology), Mark Austin (Biology), Shannon Van Loan (Physics), Sara Hopkins (Mathematics), Michelle Rosa (Biology).  Not pictured: Luisa Castro Vizcarra (Biology), Sabrina Gonzalez (Biology), Sridevi Ayloo (Mathematics).

MISTI II Scholars

This grant is funded by the National Science Foundation.
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