UC Irvine has been awarded up to $2.4 million over five years to improve teacher education in math and science following a competition that included submissions from more than 50 universities nationwide. The grant is one of 12 to be awarded by the National Math and Science Initiative to implement programs modeled after UTeach, a successful math and science teacher preparation program at the University of Texas at Austin. “The UTeach program is a wonderful model with proven success, and it is highly synergistic with the Cal Teach program that we have here in the UC system,” said John Hemminger (pictured), dean of the UC Irvine School of Physical Sciences.