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SSTEM Scholarship - A Scholarship Program to Enhance Education in Computer Science and Engineering Technology

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.1098.1 - 24.1098.9



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Nikunja Swain P.E. South Carolina State University

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Dr. Swain is currently a Professor at the South Carolina State University. Dr. Swain has 25+ years of experience as an engineer and educator. He has more than 50 publications in journals and conference proceedings, has procured research and development grants from the NSF, NASA, DOT, DOD, and DOE and reviewed number of books on computer related areas. He is also a reviewer for ACM Computing Reviews, IJAMT, CIT, ASEE, and other conferences and journals. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in South Carolina and ETAC of ABET reviewer for Electrical Engineering Technology and Computer Engineering Technology.

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South Carolina State University (SC STATE), South Carolina’s only public, historically blackcollege and university, seeks to recruit and provide scholarships to academically talentedstudents with financial need majoring in Computer Science and Engineering Technology. Thescholarship program will target 20 South Carolina residents from underrepresented minority(URM) groups. Technology companies are facing a common challenge: finding a diverse, well-trained workforce. Enrollment of minorities and women in computer and engineering disciplinesin the United States is well below other ethnic and gender groups when compared to theirpercentages in the general population. Enrollment trends that have been tracked by organizationslike the National Center for Women and Information Technology, the Anita Borg Institute forWomen and Technology and The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) all reportsimilar stories. There is a steady decline in the number of university students graduating withcomputer science degrees over of the last ten years. More alarming is that enrollment andgraduation rates in Computer Science are much lower for women and URM students. TheComputer Science Engineering Technology - STEM (CSET-STEM) Scholars Program seeks toreverse this trend at SC STATE by recruiting into the STEM pipeline, academically talentedstudents who will be able to graduate with computer science degrees and degrees in mechanical,civil, and electrical engineering technology. SC STATE has a history and culture of nurturingstudents and helping them exceed many of their own expectations. Lack of adequate financialsupport is often cited as a reason for delaying matriculation or dropping-out at SC STATE,despite receiving Pell Grants and other need-based assistance. This project will recruit studentswho are eligible for South Carolina’s state-wide, merit-based Legislative Incentive for FutureExcellence (LIFE) Scholarship and who are also eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. CSET-STEM will target underrepresented STEM students, including women; provide each of themscholarship awards totaling $27,024 for four years. The CSET-STEM Scholarship will close anyfinancial gap left after applying the LIFE Scholarship and Pell Grant.

Swain, N. (2014, June), SSTEM Scholarship - A Scholarship Program to Enhance Education in Computer Science and Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23031

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