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Board 145: High-Achievers Scholarship Program in Computer Science and Mathematics

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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4

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Rahman Tashakkori Appalachian State University

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Rahman Tashakkori received his PhD in Computer Science from Louisiana State University in 2001. He is currently serving as the Chair and Lowe's Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Appalachian State University. He has led several NSF projects that include CSEMS, S-STEM, STEP, and RET.

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Cindy Norris Appalachian State University

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Dr. Cindy Norris is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Appalachian State University. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Delaware. Dr. Norris teaches courses in Computer Systems and is interested in Computer Science education research, in particular tools that enable students to better understand concepts in Computer Systems.

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Mary E. Searcy Appalachian State University

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Vicky Klima

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James T. Wilkes Appalachian State University

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James is a beekeeper, college professor, farmer, and entrepreneur. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and works at the intersection of computing and honey bees on various projects including the Bee Informed Partnership. He also operates a diverse family farm that includes a thriving honey bee business. Lastly, James is co-founder of Blowing Rock Software, the parent company of Hive Tracks.

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Abstract

Our current S-STEM program is a joint program between the departments of Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science. The Mathematical Sciences Department offers BS, MA, and BA degrees in Mathematics and a BS in Actuarial Sciences. The Mathematical Sciences Department enrolls about 250 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students. The Computer Science Department offers BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and enrolls about 450 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students. The current S-STEM started in Spring 2014 as a joint program between the departments of Mathematics and Computer Science and has a 1:3 Math to CS ratio for the number of majors in the program. The goals of the program are to increase the high technology workforce and the number of CS and Math students pursuing graduate degrees by providing opportunities for talented, economically disadvantaged students. Out of the 39 participants in the current S-STEM program, 38 demonstrated high financial need and one had moderate need as determined by the expected family contribution reported by FASFA. Students coming from families in which the expected family contribution is less than $5234 (a value based upon the cost of attending our institution) are categorized as having high need. Our program has retained all but three of the scholars (92.3 percent). One of the three students who resigned from the program joined the military after his first semester and two students switched from CS to Computer Information Systems. Our S-STEM program also encourages students to continue their education and 13 of the 39 students have completed, or are in the process of completing, graduate degrees at our university. Considering that 96 percent of our university’s population is Caucasian, we have had some success in diversifying our S-STEM program where 15 percent are non-white. In addition, 23 percent of our S-STEM population is female and more than 68 percent of our S-STEM scholars are first generation college students.

Tashakkori, R., & Norris, C., & Searcy, M. E., & Klima, V., & Wilkes, J. T. (2018, June), Board 145: High-Achievers Scholarship Program in Computer Science and Mathematics Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29946

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