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NSF Grant Funds New Scholarships

NSF Grant Funds New Scholarships

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 10/16/2006 - The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at UCM has received a $499,520 grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide annual scholarships for UCM students.

Funding Provides $4,000 Scholarships

The department recently was notified that UCM was one of 110 colleges and universities to receive the grants out of 372 proposals submitted nationwide. The grant funding will enable the department to fund $4,000 annual scholarships for 28 students pursuing degrees in mathematics, actuarial science or computer science at UCM over the next four years.

Peer Mentoring, Faculty Advising also Included

The scholarships are available to incoming freshmen, transfer and current students and are renewable each year, dependent upon funding.
In addition to the scholarship funding, recipients also will be assigned a faculty mentor and participate in scholar groups. Peer mentoring, academic advising, professional development activities and career services and counseling also will be provided.

Grant Administration Team Named

The grant administration team consists of Xiaodong Yue, assistant professor of computer science; Rhonda McKee, professor of mathematics; Songlin Tian, professor of computer science; Jinhua Tao, professor of actuarial science; Edward Davenport, professor of mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; and Matt Melvin, assistant provost for enrollment management.

Available to Incoming and Current Students

The scholarships will be made available to applicants with academic ability and who demonstrate financial need through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Graduating high school seniors must have a minimum ACT composite score of 24 and a minimum grade point average of 3.2. Currently enrolled UCM students also must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.

UCM the Only Missouri Four Year University to Participate

"UCM is the only four-year university in Missouri to receive this grant funding this year," Yue said. "This is a great opportunity for UCM to provide assistance for students entering and studying in these three areas."

"This scholarship opportunity will help our department recruit and retain a greater number of students for our majors in computer science, actuarial science and mathematics," Davenport said. "With this financial assistance and the mentoring that our department will provide, we hope to better prepare our students who will be entering a highly technological work force."

Yue said UCM faculty prepared the proposal and submitted it in April, noting that the proposal team received significant assistance from Curtis Cooper, professor of computer science, Shawn Cripe of the UCM Office of Sponsored Programs, and Phil Shreves, UCM's director of student financial assistance, in preparing the data required for the application.

For More Information

For more information regarding the NSF scholarship grant or UCM's programs in mathematics, actuarial science or computer science, contact the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 660-543-4930 or visit web site