Scholarship Opportunity for TAMIU Students Nears March Deadline
The National Science Foundation recently awarded Texas A&M International
University a $400,000, four-year grant, which will supply $3,125 per year
in scholarships to each qualified student interested in the fields of
computer science, pre-engineering and mathematics.
The deadline to apply for this assistance is March 15 of each year.
Students must show academic promise, as measured by SAT scores, GPA, rank
in school, faculty recommendation and related academic activities. Students
must also be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens, and demonstrate
financial need. More information and on-line forms are available at http://www.tamiu.edu/coas/depts/scholar.htm.
Dr. En-Bing Lin, chair of the Department of Mathematical and Physical
Sciences, said this was the first time TAMIU has received such a grant
from the NSF. He said the grant provides for the creation of the South
Texas Border Mathematics and Pre-Engineering Graduates Program (STBMPEG),
designed to help regional students pursue these important fields of study
with both financial assistance and academic support.
"This award offers students more than just the tuition necessary
to pursue their dreams. We also provide academic support to recipients,
in the form of mentoring and advising. We will be developing a peer-tutoring
program, specifically for these award recipients. These crucial and important
subjects will be more accessible, and participants will know where to
turn to if they need assistance," explained Dr. Lin.
He said many career opportunities in these fields are available, offering
an exciting diversity of possibilities after graduation.
"I highly recommend that students study the U.S. Department of
Labor Occupational Handbook on-line (http://www.bls.gov/oco)
and see the kind of work each of these subjects offers," said Lin,
"Engineers are in demand in such diverse fields as aerospace and
the environment. Those who study mathematics may find work solving economic,
scientific or even business problems. Computer science is obviously very
important, and there is a great need for people trained in this area for
the ever-more global technological society."
For more information about the STBMPEG, please visit the website at
You may also contact the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
at 326-2440, visit offices in the Dr. F.M. Canseco Hall, room 301 or e-mail
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