Westminster Awarded $600k Grant to Support Computer Science, Physics, Math Majors

Apr 7, 2015

April 7, 2015 Curriculum designed for first generation, female and other underrepresented students SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College has received a grant of $605,000 from the National Science Foundation to implement a scholarship and support program for students pursuing majors in Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics (CSPM). Starting in Fall 2016, the project will fund two six-student cohorts beginning in their first year, as well as two cohorts of three students each beginning in their sophomore year. Scholars will be selected from Westminster College applicants who have indicated an interest in one of the CSPM fields, have financial need, and have strong academic promise. In addition to providing financial support and active mentoring for students, the "Supporting Students for Success in Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics" project will develop an interactive, first-year seminar class based on best practices for educating first generation, female and other underrepresented students. "I am excited to be able to provide significant financial support for CSPM students," said Holly Zullo, Westminster associate professor of mathematics. "I also look forward to engaging students in their chosen disciplines, particularly with socially conscious applications, through the new first-year seminar." Starting in the second year, the project will provide students with monthly meetings, active advising/mentoring and professional opportunities.The Supporting Students for Success in Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics project is under the direction of Westminster professors Holly Zullo, Helen H. Hu, Peter Conwell and Janine Wittwer. "This grant will provide important scholarship money for incoming students in CSPM," added Dr. Lisa Gentile, Westminster's provost. "Combined with the programming that it funds, these scholars will have access to culturally responsive classes developed as part of a TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) grant, opportunities associated with a McNair Scholars Program and a robust undergraduate research program. Together these opportunities provide a tremendous amount of support for CSPM students."

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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