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CARE: NSF S-STEM Grant

The Computer Science Academic, Retention and Enrichment Program (CARE)

Kutztown University has been Awarded a Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
to Encourage Students to Enroll in its Computer Science Program

The Department of Computer Science & Information Technology at Kutztown University was awarded a substantial multi-year grant to encourage incoming freshmen to enter computer science, one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. NSF (and the government) is very interested in getting more students to enroll in these disciplines and in particular to have members of underrepresented groups enter the STEM fields. The duration of Kutztown's award from NSF is 5 years. Each year (years 1 through 4) we will select six students who have financial need and meet academic criteria to be awarded a scholarship to attend Kutztown University in Computer Science. The duration of the scholarship will be dependent upon student need, dependent on when they become a scholar in the program. The maximum duration is five years. The students must maintain certain academic criteria to continue as a scholar in the program. By the end of this program, we hope to have added 24 or more (depending on available funding and student need) students to the roles in computer science.

Once a STEM Scholar begins their program at Kutztown University, many aspects of the program will support them throughout their time at the university. Special programs and support will be available to the STEM Scholars. These same programs will be available to all computer science students. As mentioned previously, the goal is to encourage students to select a STEM discipline for their college program. In addition to this goal, we hope that all STEM Scholars will complete their program of study and also that we diversify the student population in the computer science program at the university. After we have completed 5 years of this award, we hope to maintain changes in the program and support system that were put into place during the program for new incoming students. The award will live on beyond its time.

We want to encourage students to come to Kutztown University and to enroll in the Computer Science program. If you have a friend or acquaintance thinking about Kutztown University as a possible college choice, mention the scholarship program to them. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get the word out about this program. Have your friends, teachers, or counselors contact us at CSIT.STEMGRANT@kutztown.edu for more information. We look forward to hearing from them and are excited about the opportunity that this award will provide for our students.

Dr. Randy M. Kaplan, Dr. Lisa Frye, and Dr. Dale Parson.