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Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarships (CSEMS)

South Texas Border Mathematics and Pre-Engineering Graduates (STBMPEG) Program
Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Texas A&M International University


Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) has been chosen for a National Science Foundation CSEMS grant in mathematical sciences.

The objective of the TAMIU CSEMS project is to provide an incentive for qualified low income undergraduate students to enter the workforce with degrees in computer science, pre-engineering, and/or mathematics from TAMIU. This incentive is provided through offering competitive scholarships as well as academic support, career advising, and mentorship.

Types of Scholarships

Beginning fall of 2006, we will be offering scholarships:

  • for 1st-year students (yearly renewable for qualified students)
  • for 2nd-year or 3rd-year (transfer) students (yearly renewable for qualified students)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must exhibit academic promise as measured by SAT scores, GPA, rank in school, faculty recommendation, and related academic activities.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens, or permanent resident aliens.
  • Recipients must be enrolled full time in mathematical science degree or pre-engineering programs at the baccalaureate level in order to retain their award.

Award Amount and Date of Notification

The awards are $3125.00 per year for each recipient. Recipients will be notified by May 1, 2007 .

Application Instructions

To apply for TAMIU CSEMS awards, the instructions are as follows:

  1. Submit a TAMIU application for admission .
  2. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form so that the results reach us from the federal government by March 1, 2007 . We recommend submitting the FAFSA form by the end of January, since it takes approximately 6 weeks for the information to be processed and sent to the University.
  3. Submit the online application form for TAMIU CSEMS scholarships no later than April 15, 2007 .


Students will be selected for the program based upon demonstrated financial need and indications of academic success.

Financial need will be determined from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form data filed by scholarship applicants. The deadline for this form is March 1, 2007 .

All applicants will also be required to apply for admission to TAMIU and to be accepted by the Office of Admissions . In general, candidates for admission are expected to have completed college preparatory courses in English, mathematics, natural science, social science and foreign language. Furthermore, applicants will be required to submit the on-line application form designed specifically for this program by April 15, 2007 . Applicants who qualify according to the need criterion will be ranked according to five measures of academic success: SAT scores, GPA, rank in school, letters of recommendation from faculty, and demonstrated initiative in related activities. Final selection will be made by the project directors with input from the Office of Admissions and Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships .

Academic Support

Scholarship recipients will be supported through programs offered by academic and student service organizations on campus. TAMIU provides advising, student organizations, and an active internship program. As part of this program, the department will also develop a peer-tutoring program specifically to support award recipients. The Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences provides advising, tutoring services and student-faculty activities. In addition, TAMIU provides a wide variety of support programs, including supplemental instruction, career preparation, academic advising, and personal advising. Special access to these services will be available for award recipients. The project leaders will also establish a mentoring program to help guide the award recipients throughout their careers at TAMIU.

Award Recipients

About TAMIU and the Department

Texas A&M International University is a selective, comprehensive, public university with a primary mission of undergraduate education and an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students. The university has two NSF supported programs administered by Texas A&M International University which are aimed at providing financial and academic assistance to low-income students selecting careers related to the fields of science, computer science, engineering and mathematics. These initiatives are: 1) the Texas Alliance for Minority Participation and 2) the South Texas Rural System Initiative. The Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences offers degrees at the undergraduate and master level. The department faculty includes 12 full-time faculty, all of who are involved in undergraduate education. The department will be having excellent computing facilities, supported by a full-time technical staff within the college, and is soon to be housed in a very modern building with state of the art classrooms and labs.

The Area

Texas A&M International University is an international university, poised at the Gateway to Mexico and serving as the intellectual center of a vibrant bilingual and bicultural community. Laredo is 156 miles south of San Antonio , 158 miles west of Corpus Christi , and 153 miles north of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico . Laredo is an enviable crossroads of international business and life. Laredo's history is hallmarked by seven sovereign flags and people of all races and nations seem drawn by a colorful environment and tropical climate that affords a pleasant lifestyle for all. Over 160,000 people call Laredo home and the city was recently named the fastest growing city in Texas and the second fastest in the United States. The Rio Grande winds its way between Laredo and its sister city, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Nuevo Laredo is home to over 360,000 people and offers its own rich culture, history and traditions, most proudly shared by the peoples of Los Dos Laredos.

Questions? For more information, contact Dr. C. Waters ( cwaters@tamiu.edu , 956-326-2408), Dr. R. Goonatilake ( harag@tamiu.edu , 956-326-2588), or Dr. Q. Ni (qni@tamiu.edu, 956-326-2409).


Department of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics
College of Arts and Sciences