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Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)
The ARCS Foundation provides scholarships to academically outstanding United States citizens studying to complete their degrees in science, medicine and engineering, thereby contributing to the worldwide advancement of science and technology. Scholars are selected by the 46 colleges and universities to which ARCS Foundation chapters make allocations. Students must have a university grade point average of 3.5 or above and be recommended by their departments.
Contact: the financial aid office at your college or university
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
The Barry M. Goldwater Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarships go to students who will be college juniors or seniors in the coming academic year. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class during the current academic year. Two-year institutions may nominate up to two students who are sophomores during the current academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials available to each institution on the Foundation's website. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes (BBSI) Offered by NSF-NIH
This summer program provides students majoring in the biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences with experience in interdisciplinary bioengineering or bioinformatics research and education. The Summer Institutes, occurring at nine university campuses across the country, are open to junior and senior undergraduates and, in most cases, first-year graduate students from the host university or other institution. They combine for-credit coursework and research seminars with hands-on research mentored by leading faculty in the field. The program emphasizes the inclusion of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Students receive a stipend.
BrainTrack Computer Science Degree Scholarship
The BrainTrack Computer Science Degree Scholarship is designed to help others considering computer science related careers by taking advantage of the experiences of entrants. Winners will be selected based on the creativity, focus, overall thoughtfulness, accuracy, and practical value of responses to essay questions. The questions ask students about how they chose computer science, their experiences as a computer science student, and their suggestions for prospective students. BrainTrack will publish the most helpful responses for use by future students. The best entry for each competition is awarded $1000; the runner-up $500. Scholarship competitions run twice a year, for each semester. Submission deadlines are November 1st and March 1st.
Clare Boothe Luce Program
"To encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach" in fields where there have seemingly been obstacles to their advancement. Specifically listed are physics, chemistry, biology, meteorology, engineering (including electrical, mechanical, aeronautical, civil, and nuclear), computer science, and mathematics.
Contact: Program Director (212) 489-7700.
Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computer Science and Engineering (CREU)
This undergraduate research program supports teams of 2-3 students who wish to engage in research projects directly related to computer science or computer engineering. Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W) in Computing Research and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CSC), the program aims to increase the numbers of women and minorities who continue on to graduate school in computer science and engineering. Each student receives a $1000 stipend, and each project also receives $500 for related costs.
CRA Distributed MentorProgram
To increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering, this highly selective program matches promising undergraduate women with a faculty mentor for a 10-week summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. Students are directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.Students receive $600 per week for research plus relocation travel assistance, when appropriate.
CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program
CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Award program recognizes undergraduate students in the US or Canada who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. In addition to evidence of significant research contributions, the committee also considers the student's academic record and service to the community. The $1,000 cash prize can be awarded to one male and one female student from each school; other outstanding candidates receive honorable mentions. The two first prize winners from each school receive financial assistance toward their travel to the conference where the award is presented.
Application: Nomination by department chair or faculty member
Google Anita Borg Scholarship
Female undergraduates and graduate students are awarded these scholarships based on the strength of their academic background and demonstrated leadership. Awardees receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year and will be invited to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View, California for a networking retreat in which they can meet and share their experiences. Available to full-time students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical field and either entering their senior year of undergraduate study or enrolled in a graduate program at a university in the United States. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program.
Google Scholarship Program—Hispanic College Fund
The Google Scholarship Program offers funds to students studying computer science or computer engineering who are juniors or seniors in college or pursuing a Master's or PhD. Awardees receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year. Available to full-time students enrolled in a graduate program at a university in the United States or Puerto Rico. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents with demonstrated financial need and must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program.
Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IMSURE)at the University of California, Irvine (UCI)
In this 10-week summer research program for undergraduates, participants will work directly with a UCI faculty mentor on a challenging and original research project that explore a diverse and exciting range of topics in biomedical, physical, and engineering micro/nano-technology. The program includes seminars and workshops with representatives of industry, national labs, and defense agencies, along with tours of campus research facilities and local industry field trips. Faculty will also host workshops focused on career development, graduate school, research ethics, and writing and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the program, students will be prepared to share their research accomplishments by presenting their findings at the IMSURE Research Symposium. Students will receive a $3,000 stipend, travel cost reimbursement, and free, furnished on-campus housing. The program is for non-graduating undergraduates from universities or community colleges who will have either junior or senior status by the start of the IMSURE program. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH offers programs for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate-level studies in various branches of biomedical research.
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
The UGSP offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support (up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses), paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.
National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers (NSF-STC)
Summer Internship Program
The National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers (STCs) offer summer internships at each of the eleven centers, located at prestigious universities around the United States. These 8- to 10-week summer internships provide undergraduates an opportunity to conduct research in a "graduate school" setting in biological sciences, engineering, computer and information science, and other fields. Participants engage in hands-on research in a cutting-edge field and are mentored by top research faculty. The research culminates in the development of a scientific paper, poster, or presentation. The program includes professional development, technical, and academic seminars. Participants receive the cost of transportation to the STC, stipend, room and board, and participation in STC planned events.
Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation For low-income women and children
Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Congresswoman Mink’s most ardent commitments: educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers, and educational enrichment for children. In its first year the foundation will offer 5 education support awards for low-income women (up to $2000 each) and a number of small grants (up to $500 each) to support low-income women who are enrolled in education or training.
REU Program – Keck Graduate Institute Summer research program in biotechnology and bioengineering
This ten-week summer program engages undergraduate students in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in the areas of bioengineering, bioinformatics, and applied molecular and cellular biology. The program also offers exposure to related ethics and business topics. Students must be motivated high achievers who have shown interest in interdisciplinary research and the ability to interact effectively in a team environment. Women and members of underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. Students receive a stipend.
Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC)
The SVEC scholarship program identifies and supports deserving students whose studies are aligned toward engineering, engineering technology, or technology and helps them achieve their educational goals. Engineering and technology students graduating from high school or presently enrolled in undergraduate community college and university programs are encouraged to apply.
Application: available online at http://www.svec.org/scholarships.html; can be submitted to Connie Fang, P.O. Box 920, Cupertino, CA 95015 or personally delivered at the January 26 SVEC meeting (see www.svec.org)
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Programs
SWE administers more than 70 individual scholarship awards annually, varying in amount from $1000 to over $5,000 per year. All SWE Scholarships are open only to women pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science, as well as engineering and computer science students enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs.
Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB)
This 8-week summer program provides research opportunities in engineering to students who have been historically underrepresented in the field for reasons of social, cultural, educational, or economic barriers. Students gain research experience by participating in challenging research projects with UC Berkeley engineering faculty and graduate students in bioengineering, electrical engineering and computer sciences, and other engineering disciplines. The program features regular workshops and seminars on the nature of academic life, standardized test preparation, writing and research skills, and graduate school applications. Participants receive a $3,500 stipend, housing, meals, and a $600 travel allowance.
UCSF Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (LEADS)
This 2-year program of scientific research and graduate school preparation educates California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, mathematics, and engineering. Serves upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in these disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement their field of study. LEADS program scholars visit the UCSF campus several times per year to interact with faculty, grad students, and postdocs and to participate in UCSF enrichment programs such as the UCSF AGEP Colloquia (http://student.ucsf.edu/agep). LEADS scholars may also participate in the competitive UCSF Summer Research Training Program (http://student.ucsf.edu/srtp).
Contact: UCSF LEADS Program at email@example.com or (415) 514-3510