|$500,000 NSF Grant Will Assist Engineering and Science Majors
For release: Dec. 2 2006
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The National Science Foundation has awarded the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis a $500,000, four-year grant for a scholarship program to aid economically disadvantaged students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
This scholarship program for STEM majors (S-STEM) will make its first awards for the spring 2007 semester. The U of M will integrate its existing Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) program with the complementary S-STEM program to include the newly eligible disciplines from biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics. S-STEM will benefit from existing collaborations, lessons learned, and best practices of the current CSEMS program.
The S-STEM program will provide approximately 25 scholarships at $4,350 supplemented with summer industry or research internship opportunities as available between students’ junior and senior years.
“One outcome from our current CSEMS program, which we expect to continue with S-STEM, is that these scholarship students are more likely to become an integral part of the academic culture and take more advantage of peer mentoring, career development, research, student collaboration, as well as other academic and personal advantages gained by being fully engaged in the University community,” said David J. Russomanno, Ballard Professor and chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the principal investigator of the S-STEM and CSEMS grants.
The goals of the new program include reducing the financial debt of students, improving the employment rate with industry partners, increasing students’ graduation rate, and decreasing the average time to graduation for STEM majors.Details are available online at: www.eece.memphis.edu/s-stem/s-stem.html
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