UH-Clear Lake profs receive National Science Foundation award
HOUSTON — Two UH-Clear Lake School of Science and Computer Engineering professors were awarded $600,000 by the National Science Foundation for their proposal, “NSF Scholar Program for Computing and Mathematics Majors.” The award is the third NSF grant since 2002 (the previous two were for $400,000 in 2002 and $477,000 in 2006) and will recruit students to high technology disciplines, provide mentoring and support, and facilitate career placement through industrial partnerships.
Citing the area’s high technology and aerospace industries, the proposal was submitted by program co-directors Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Sharon P. Hall and Program Chair and Professor of Computer Science Kwok-Bun Yue. The award will fund approximately 18 scholarships averaging $7,300 annually for undergraduate students majoring in computer science, computer information systems, computer systems engineering, information technology and mathematics.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity that this grant represents,” said Hall. “Dr. Yue and I have worked with over 60 NSF Scholars since 2002, and we have seen, firsthand, the impact that this prestigious scholarship has made in the lives of those students.”
Crucial to the past success of the program is the NSF Scholar Organization, which plans career-enhancing activities that build leadership and foster networking with other scholars. The program will continue to offer the effective faculty, peer and industrial mentoring that contributed to student success since the program was first implemented. Awarded scholarships have also strengthened the partnership between the university and area community colleges.
“The United States currently has a large demand for highly capable students and professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas,” said Yue. “Satisfying this need is crucial to ensure the continual competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy.”
Yue says two new components to the program include increased encouragement of undergraduate research by students and industrial mentorship through small group luncheons. Fall applications for scholarship are now being accepted.
“The NSF awards have helped many UH-Clear Lake students in the past to achieve their STEM degrees,” said Yue. “The program also helped launch their careers by providing supportive activities such as workshops, visits, seminars, etc.
“The new award is a recognition by National Science Foundation of our approach and results. It will continue to be a key component for us to recruit high quality students.”
For more information about UH-Clear Lake’s School of Science and Computer Engineering, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/sce, or call the school’s Office of Academic Advising, 281-283-3700.
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