NSF grant provides scholarships in physics

TOWSON, Md. (February 24, 2010) - Principal Investigators David Schaefer and Ronald Herman, Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, are the recipients of TU’s latest National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, “Supporting Economically Disadvantaged Undergraduates in Physics

Funded under the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, TU will receive $319,000 over four years to provide scholarships to 24 undergraduate students. Along with financial assistance, the program will implement internal support services to address emotional and educational needs of SPEeD-UP scholars.

TU’s connections with surrounding high schools and community colleges, along with its various outreach activities, will aid in recruitment. The scholarships are designed for the financially needy and academically talented student; minorities and women will be targeted. Modeled after TU’s current S-STEM program, Computer, Sciences and Mathematics in College Mathematics (CoSMiC) program, SPEeD-UP will make use of best practices for the programs successful implementation.

This initiative addresses both regional need under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and national demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates.

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