Teach For America is the national teacher corps of outstanding recent
college graduates from all academic majors who commit two years to
teach in under- resourced urban and rural public schools.  Since our
inception in 1990, over 20,000 individuals have applied to the program,
and we have placed over 4,000 corps members in schools in thirteen
regional areas.

Across the country, students in under-resourced urban and rural public
schools need more talented individuals with backgrounds in mathematics,
the sciences, or engineering to help expand their skills and knowledge
in these essential subjects.  However, we also recognized that many
college seniors with a background in  mathematics or the sciences may
not consider teaching a viable option.  Instead, many may feel that by
pursuing an inclination to teach, they will forego other career
opportunities and perhaps become off-track in the pursuit of long term

Teach For America launched the Math and Science Initiative in response
to this need.  Through strengthening our linkages with the broader
scientific community, our aim is to ensure that corps members with
math, science, and engineering majors who join Teach For America will
not only have a great impact on their students' during their to year
commitment, but will also come away with experiences that will enrich
their future plans-be it research, graduate school, teaching, or
corporate life.

This Initiative is guided by a Board of Advisers comprised of leaders
in the scientific, mathematical, corporate, and educational
communities.  Members of the Board include Dr. Bruce Alberts, President
of the National Academy of Sciences; Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri, a
chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Dr. Sally
Ride, Director of the California Space Center; as well as corporate
members from Dow Chemical, Bristol-Myers Squibb, 3M, EDS, and Pfizer.

The Math and Science Initiative is a program designed for individuals
like you, who have a background in math, science, or engineering, and
who want to maintain connections to the broader scientific and
mathematics communities while helping students realize their full
potential in math and science.

The Initiative aims to help corps members remain connected to the
broader scientific community through a summer internship program.
Through this program, you will have the opportunity to apply for
internships at some of the country's leading research and technology
based companies, non-profit organizations, and government

Teach For America applications can be obtained by at your campus'
career service office or by calling 1-800-832-1230, ext. 120, or by
downloading the application from our web site, located at
www.teachforamerica.org.  We will accept and review, on a rolling
basis, all applications postmarked on or before March 2, 1998, the
final application deadline.

If you have any other questions regarding Teach For America or the Math
and Science Initiative, please do not hesitate to call me at the above
1-800 number but at ext. 217.  You can also email me directly at

Anne Mahle
Director, Math and Science Initiative