NSF grant awarded

Monday, July 2, 2012

St. Cloud State was awarded a $600,000 grant from National Science Foundation to support students with up to $9,100 scholarships per year to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

Starting fall 2012, the NSF’s four-year S-STEM program will sponsor 30 two-year scholarships to academically-talented and financially-needy SCSU students majoring in information systems, computer science and computer engineering. Preference will be given to women, students of color and American Indians, first-generation college students and transfer students from community colleges.

The scholarship program is intended to increase the capacity of high-demand STEM areas via recruitment, retention and graduation of students including underrepresented groups, first generation college students and transfer students from community colleges.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 73% of new STEM jobs through 2020 will be in computing, with only 40,000 graduates to fill 135,000 jobs. 

Another goal of the program is to strengthen student support structures and interdisciplinary collaborations, enhance faculty and peer mentoring, develop a multidisciplinary research group with exceptional advising, mentor and tutor, and provide directions and skills for a successful life after graduation, either in graduate schools or professional work.

Under the direction of Professors Susantha Herath (principle investigator), Dennis Guster and Jayantha Herath, this project titled “Scholarships for Academically Talented but Economically Disadvantaged Students” enhances the ability of underrepresented, academically-talented and financially-needy students to complete a high-quality degree, and aims at strengthening the STEM workforce and its leadership.

Applications for this scholarship will be accepted between Sept. 1 and Oct 1.

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