The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Saint Joseph’s University an S-STEM scholarship grant (DUE-1154161) in support of the project entitled “PACMACS Bridge Expansion Program.” The grant is to fund scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, preparing them to enter the workforce or graduate school in the fields of mathematics, actuarial science or computer science. This award is effective August 1 ,2012 and expires July 31, 2016.
For the current academic year, the grant is being used to provide a $10,000 scholarship each for six students:
- Wesley Counts ( actuarial science)
- Jacob Kopinetz ( mathematics)
- Elizabeth Mancini ( computer science)
- Luke Myers ( computer science)
- Caraiah Stout ( mathematics)
- Joseph Sulieman (actuarial science)
The grant also provides additional support services such as faculty mentors, upper level undergraduate student mentors, career development information, and research opportunities. Seniors Madelaine Agastiosis and Robby Daley will serve as undergraduate mentors.
Contingent on the availability of funds and the progress of the project, NSF will provide additional funding next year. By the conclusion of the grant period in 2016, NSF is expected to have provided more than $595,000 in support of the PACMACS Bridge Expansion Program. Saint Joseph’s will also provide scholarship money. Together, NSF and SJU will enable four cohorts of six students to receive scholarships during their four years at Saint Joseph’s.
The program is directed by Dr. Deborah Lurie in collaboration with Dr. Susanna Wei, Dr. Elaine A. Terry, Dr. Sylvia J. Forman, Associate Dean Michael P. McCann and Ms. Maureen Mathis of the Office of Admission.