The CoSMiC Scholars Program at Towson University:
Computing, Sciences, and Mathematics in College
Funded by U. S. Government’s National Science Foundation, under the program S-STEM entitled:
Scholarships - in -Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Summary of the Program
This program, called the CoSMiC Scholars Program (Computing, Sciences, and Mathematics in College), provides up to four years of scholarships to full-time United States citizen/permanent resident undergraduate students who have financial need and who are majoring in one of these fields: Computing Sciences (Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology); Mathematics; and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics (MB3). The grant was first awarded to Towson University in 2002 under the National Science Foundation (NSF) CSEMS program, was renewed in 2007 under its S-STEM program, and again awarded to Towson University under S-STEM in 2011.
The current four-year grant period began March 1, 2011. Dr. Gabriele Meiselwitz, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, is the current Principal Investigator and director of the program. Dr. Gail Gasparich, Associate Dean of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and Professor of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Alexei Kolesnikov, Associate Professor of Mathematics, are Co-PIs.
The CoSMiC Scholars program offers up to $5000 per academic year to full-time undergraduate students, where the stipend is limited only by the student’s individual financial eligibility. A program of specialized activities is offered to the students in the program. They participate in discussions on career planning in a class setting, panel sessions with graduates now in industry, informal meetings with faculty, field trips to related industry and government locations, and an annual lecture series. The monitoring of student progress is required, with a review of academic records at the end of each semester, and of financial eligibility each year. The Selection and Evaluation/Retention Committee reviews applications at each application cycle (typically once a year, until the last and final year), ranks them, and gives recommendations.
Oversight by the University is done by the College Dean with appropriate Department and/or Program Chairs. The program has served and funded up to 35 students per semester over the life of the program.
The External Advisory Committee meets at least once each year to review the progress of the work, give recommendations for improvement, and serve as a link with the community.
For questions and application details, please contact the appropriate faculty member for these majors: