College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM).  It aims to:

  1. Provide financial support for academically-talented, financially-needy students majoring in engineering, technology, or computer science in the form of S-STEM scholarships
  2. Support them academically and socially so that they can persist and complete their bachelor’s degrees and do so in a reasonably short time
  3. Assist them to enter the STEM workforce to become effective contributors to the nation’s economy

This project targets rising college juniors who are pursuing STEM degrees in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS).  Such students are enrolled in the following departments: Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Computer Science (CS), Manufacturing and Construction Engineering Technology (MCET), and Computer, Electrical, and Information Engineering Technology (CEIT). The project has the following specific objectives:

  • Create and sustain an active community to support commuting students who major in STEM subjects.
  • Strengthen the structure that provides academic, financial, and social support for commuting students.
  • Increase the use of academic support services already available through enhanced advising, guidance, and mentoring.
  • Assist students in focusing more intently on their studies in order to accelerate the completion of degree programs.
  • Increase the number of skilled and well-educated workers who enter STEM fields of employment in engineering, technology, and computer science.
  • Increase our understanding of what commuting students need to help them persist in their studies and complete bachelor’s degrees in STEM in a reasonable time frame.