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Enhancing Recruitment and Retention of Undergraduate Mathematics and Computer Science Scholars

This project will contribute to the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need. The project will be led by Kutztown University, a mid-sized, regional, comprehensive public university in rural Pennsylvania. Over its five-year duration, the project will fund scholarships to 20 unique, full-time students who are pursuing bachelor?s degrees in mathematics, computer science, and information technology. Scholars will enter in two cohorts of first year students and receive up to four years of scholarship support. The project aims to increase student persistence in these STEM fields by linking scholarships with effective supporting activities such as a living-learning community, faculty and industry mentors, undergraduate research experiences, graduate school and career preparation, and participation in discipline-specific conferences. The project will generate important new knowledge on the recruitment and retention of students, including Scholars who are from groups under-represented in these fields. This information can advance the national need for a diverse STEM professional workforce.

Status: Current

PI: Brian Kronenthal

Source of Funding: NSF

Funding Program: S-STEM-Schlr Sci Tech Eng&Math

Award Amount: $999,758.00

Start Date: 09/15/2020

End Date: 08/31/2025

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