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Implementation Of The Computer Science, Engineering Technology, And Mathematics Scholarship (Csems) Program At Buffalo State College

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Recruitment and Retention

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9.689.1 - 9.689.13

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Robin Sanders

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John Favata

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David Kukulka

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David Barker

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Session 3249

Implementation of the Computer Science, Engineering Technology, and Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) Program at Buffalo State College

David J. Kukulka, David S. Barker, John Favata and Robin Sanders

State University of New York College at Buffalo, Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222

The CSEMS program at Buffalo State College (BSC) is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This program provides scholarships and career/educational opportunities for academically talented students that are financially needy in the areas of in computer science, computer technology, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology or mathematics. CSEMS better prepares the scholarship recipients to enter the workforce and with less education incurred debt than the typical undergraduate student.

CSEMS emphasizes the importance of recruiting students to high technology disciplines, mentoring and supporting students through degree completion, and partnering with industry to facilitate student career placement in the high technology workforce. Program goals include:

• Increasing the numbers of highly skilled and well educated individuals in technical areas of national need; • Improving the educational opportunities for CSEMS scholars; • Increased retention and graduation rates for students; • Improving student support programs for these students; • Strengthened partnerships between BSC and industry.

CSEMS students at Buffalo State College meet several times a semester, to listen to and discuss career-related topics with industry experts. Additionally, the Career Development staff at Buffalo State offers CSEMS students individualized attention to help them succeed in their pursuit of a degree and with career planning.

Program results show an increase in the number of students participating, along with an increase in the number of students graduating. The CSEMS grant provides an attractive recruitment incentive and means for attracting the top transfer students.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Sanders, R., & Favata, J., & Kukulka, D., & Barker, D. (2004, June), Implementation Of The Computer Science, Engineering Technology, And Mathematics Scholarship (Csems) Program At Buffalo State College Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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