In California, the demand for professionals in science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will grow nearly
20 percent by 2018. Yet too few students are choosing STEM
fields. Nancy (’74, Cred ’75) and Tom Patten (’74, MS ’76)
believe that enthusiastic and well-prepared teachers are the key
to unlocking the state’s potential for innovation and prosperity.
To help train the next generation of STEM teachers, the
Pattens have pledged $100,000 to establish a new matching fund
for the School of Education: the Next Generation STEM Teaching
Award. The fund will support scholarships for School of
Education teaching credential students who have the interest,
passion, and aptitude to teach STEM-related subjects in K-12
By preparing UC Davis educators to inspire the next generation of
students to pursue STEM majors and careers, the School of
Education strengthens California’s and the nation’s ability to
tap the true potential of its future innovators.