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NSF Supported S-STEM Program

The High Achievers in Computer Science and Mathematics S-STEM program was funded in 2013. The program is funded through the year 2017. The main purpose of the program is to attract financially needy and academically talented students to major in computer science or applied mathematics and to help them succeed in these majors. The program provides a nurturing atmosphere that encourages excellence and builds collaborations between students, faculty, and the community. The program provides mentoring opportunities to academically talented undergraduate and graduate students in CS and Math.
Highlights: Weekly seminars, Study groups for core classes, Mentoring and tutoring corner, Leadership workshop series, Peer-mentoring, Resume writing and internship/job search workshop, and Community building

The National Science Foundation sponsored S-STEM scholarship program provides $6,280 annually for up to four years for financially needy and academically talented entering freshmen that intend on majoring in computer science, mathematics (excluding math education) or statistics. Incoming graduate students, juniors and seniors considering pursuit of a master's degree in these fields at Appalachian State University may also apply. The scholarship provides up to 8 semesters of funding, including up to 4 semesters of graduate study at Appalachian.

Applications for open scholarship positions are accepted at any time. Students are evaluated on a first-come first-served basis. Entering freshmen may be invited to campus for an interview. On campus students are interviewed by the program directors.

Requirements Students must demonstrate financial need for study at ASU and must be United States citizens, nationals, refugee aliens, or permanent residents at the time of application as per NSF guidelines. In addition, qualifying students must fall into one of two categories and satisfy the accompanying requirements:

Lower Level
Entering Freshman or Transfer students or a full-time student in the first year of the major. Student must plan to major in Applied Mathematics and/or Computer Science. Entering freshmen must have a high school grade point average of 3.5/4.0 or higher and lower-level undergraduate applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.8/4.0. Students must have an SAT score of 1200 or a math score of 600 or higher.

Upper Level with Commitment to do Graduate Studies at ASU
Must be a full-time Computer Science and/or Applied Mathematics student within 60 hours of graduation.
Computer Science majors must have taken: The Introductory Programming sequence Computer Theory Assembly Language Mathematics/Statistics majors must have taken: Introductory calculus sequence (I,II,III) Linear Algebra
Student must have and maintain a grade point average of 2.8.
Student must agree to attend graduate school at ASU