June 22, 2008
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Partnership for Mentoring: The Georgia Tech CSEMS Program At Age Six
This paper reviews six years of experience from the Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) program funded at the Georgia Institute of Technology by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The primary feature of this program is the partnership between academic faculty across a large institution, with the Financial Aid department, in mentoring and supporting the students. In completing their education, students are guided to participate in activities that broaden their horizons. Other innovative features are a grade point requirement profile adjusted to the demands of a challenging program, a requirement to seek out professional-level seminars, and mandatory mentoring. Assessment results indicate continued success in enhancing retention and supporting diversity. A new survey of graduating students reinforces the foundations of the program.
This paper summarizes the experience at the Georgia Institute of Technology with the National Science Foundation’s Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship (CSEMS) program, midway through its second phase. Earlier work was presented in 20041. Our program is named “Financial Assistance for Success in Technology”. This paper analyzes recent findings including responses of the students who have graduated with support from the program, and the findings from the numerous seminar summaries developed by the scholars
The original CSEMS program was set up as a Congressional condition for expanding the H-1B visa program. It sought to address the shortage of qualified people going into technological careers in the US. NSF provides the funds as a lump sum grant for 4 years, to be distributed at $100K per year. As the CSEMS program’s continuation under Congressional mandate appeared doubtful in 2004, our project was renewed early, with the new program’s official start date being January 2005. Funds from the new project were first used in Fall 2005, so that this is the end of the second year of its operation. The original parameters of the program were that 1. Recipients had to be US citizens or permanent residents 2. They had to be taking full academic loads towards an approved CSEMS degree 3. They should be aiming for technical careers in these disciplines 4. The scholarship was intended to relieve students of the financial burden of seeking outside jobs, thus allowing them to focus on their academic programs. 5. The program was prohibited from requiring research or other productive activities.
Program Objectives & Elements
The objectives of our program are to enable access to a top-quality education to the most deserving students and to ensure the best guidance for their success. It was anticipated that many
Komerath, N., & Smith, M. (2008, June), Partnership For Mentoring: The Georgia Tech Csems Program At Age Six Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3251
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