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UCR’S Bourns College of Engineering Receives $600,000 NSF Grant for Scholarships

Program targets students in engineering and computer science who also need financial assistance.

(May 8, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( –Students from UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering who are in financial need will get a boost as a result of a recently awarded National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Grant. The five-year, $600,000 grant will fund the Bourns College of Engineering’s S-STEM project, which is geared toward low-income, academically talented students.

In addition to demonstrating financial need, candidates must meet criteria aimed at ensuring that they are engaged academically and professionally in the college. A scholarship committee has been designated to make the selections and awards.

“Our S-STEM project is focused on helping talented but financially needy students at Bourns succeed academically and professionally, and go on to get graduate level degrees in engineering disciplines,” said Associate Dean Chinya Ravishankar, Bourns College of Engineering. “With this grant, we hope to increase the number of students attending Bourns College of Engineering from underrepresented groups in California’s diverse population, and enhance their chances of success in their degree program and beyond.”

Ravishankar said that the program has a number of innovative aspects. It will actively recruit more students who qualify for programs but would not be able to attend without financial help, and provide scholarships for these students so they don’t have to work in jobs that interfere with their studies. It also will provide a group structure for undergraduates to build academic and social relationships with their peers, provide professional development to guide and enhance career tracks, and enhance academic success through design experiences for freshman to identify early on with engineering professions.

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