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UVU Receives Grant from National Science Foundation to Attract and Retain Science and Engineering Students

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July 29, 2014

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807

The College of Technology & Computing at Utah Valley University has received a five-year grant for $617,396 from the National Science Foundation to establish a program to attract and retain students in computer science and engineering.

UVU’s program, “Strengthening Outcomes for Students in Computer Science and Engineering through Leadership, Engagement, Academic Mentoring, and Preparation (LEAP) S-STEM Scholarship Program,” is aimed at students who traditionally have low retention and graduation rates but very good job prospects.

The University will award $6,000 scholarships annually to 21 students who have an interest in STEM subjects. “The recipients will form an interdisciplinary group whose interaction will strengthen their preparation for their chosen careers and encourage their persistence to graduation,” said Michael Savoie, dean of the College of Technology & Computing.

The students will have access to faculty mentors as part of a required course and participate in engaged learning opportunities through student chapter projects, leadership training, internships and faculty-mentored research.

“We will provide scholarship recipients with the student support services and academic enrichment opportunities necessary to help them graduate and secure employment related to their fields of study or go on to graduate school,” said Savoie.

 

 

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