STEM programs have seen a recent wave of invigorated applicants thanks to the support of scholarships. Central Connecticut State University’s innovative CSMP program provides financial and academic support to students studying computer science, mathematics, or physics (CSMP programs). The STEM focused program is made possible by a $1M grant CCSU faculty won from the National Science Foundation. The Courant profiled the program and its impact on STEM students. To learn more about the CSMP program, visit the website here.
Over the next three years, the program will award at least 20 scholarships annually. Qualified students majoring in computer science, mathematics or physics will receive up to $5,400 per academic year. Each scholarship can be renewed for the subsequent year—therefore, qualified students can receive over $21,000 during four years through this program.
The CSMP scholarship program has a number of special features designed to help students in STEM fields receiving the scholarship succeed in their studies and prepare them for entering STEM employment fields or a graduate school upon graduation. These features include:
- Individual mentoring and advising by dedicated faculty
- Specialized tutoring
- Peer mentoring
- Participation in research projects
- Field trips
- Guest lectures by leaders of industry and research
- Internships with leading employers
- Career opportunities in high demand fields
- Assistance with job placement upon graduation