About our project
2015-2016 recipients of the Claude Shannon scholarship.
This project provides a total of 120 scholarships to high-achieving financially disadvantaged undergraduate and masters students enrolled in computer science and mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) over a period of 4 years. Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 for sophomore undergraduate students to $4,800 for senior undergraduate students, and $10,000 for master students in applied mathematics.
By diminishing the need for students to find jobs, the scholarships will help undergraduate scholars focus on their courses and graduate scholars to better prepare for qualifying exams and begin their research. A support system available from an early stage in the scholars’ studies will help ensure that they remain on track and complete degrees in a timely manner. This will translate to a stronger, better prepared workforce in advanced computation and mathematics, two areas of national need.
In addition to scholarship support, the project sponsors activities to 1) increase the awareness of scholars about opportunities for further studies and careers in industry, 2) strengthen academic and professional skills of scholars, 3) build a sense of community, 4) highlight the social and applied aspect of computer science and mathematics, and 5) support student learning through tutoring and mentoring. The overall goals of the project are to improve recruitment, retention, and preparation for employment or graduate school. The project prepares Puerto Rican students to work in two high demand disciplines, which helps meet the expanding need for computer science and mathematics professionals both locally and nationally.