Scholarship Fund for Excellence in Computer Science and Mathematics


Claude Shannon Scholarship

The main component of this program are the Claude Shannon Scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded 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). 

The yearly scholarships will be in the amount of $2,500 for sophomore undergraduate students in computer science or mathematics, $3,300 for juniors, and $4,800 for senior undergraduate students; and $10,000 for masters students in applied mathematics. The scholarships will be paid in two instalments, one per semester, close to the midpoint of each semester and subject to the student's attendance to mentor meetings and project activities.

 

The deadline for the Fall 2015 applications is Friday, August 21, 2015!

 

MINIMAL REQUISITES TO ENTER IN THE COMPETITION:

  1. Being a full time CS or Math student and a US-Citizen or Permanent Residents.
     
  2. A completed application form and two academic letters of reference.
     
  3. A one page essay outlining career and research experience and goals.
     
  4. Academic transcripts - the receipt that you get from the Registrar's Office when you request the transcript is enough. Please request that the transcript is sent to the following address:

    Department of Computer Science
    College of Natural Sciences
    University of Puerto Rico
    Rio Piedras Campus
    PO Box 70377
    San Juan, PR 00936–8377

      
  5. For  CCOM—Undergraduate Students:  PreCalculus (3023+3024 or 3018), the Introduction to Computer Science (CCOM3030) and Introduction to Programming (CCOM3033) courses approved, with an average GPA of 3.10 (in those courses). See tables below for specific requisites.
     
  6. For Mathematics—Undergraduate Students:  MATE 3152 and another math major approved with A or B, and average in MATE and CCOM courses of 3.00 or higher. See tables below for specific requisites.
     
  7. For Graduate Students in Applied Math:  GPA of 3.33 or higher.
     
  8. Student should have financial need as defined by the “Oficina de Asistencia Económica”. Please read this page to estimate your financial need.
     
  9. Any student may be called for an interview.
     
  10. The chosen scholars will be required to participate in monthly mentor meetings and other program activities (talks, workshops).  The scholar's will be asked to evaluate the activities of the program.  The program will maintain statistics about the participant's progress throughout the duration. The program will publish statistics about the participants' progress in a manner that will not reveal the individual's identities.
 

Specific requisites for each year of studies CCOM:

Year Requisites
Second Year
Should have completed PreCalculus (3023+3024 or 3018), the Introduction to Computer Science (CCOM3030) and Introduction to Programming (CCOM3033) courses with an average GPA of 3.10 (in those courses)
Third Year Should have completed the courses in Data Structures, Computer Architecture and Discrete Mathematics and either High Level Programming Languages or Data Management with an average GPA of 3.25 (in those courses).
Fourth Year Should be 30 credits or less away from graduation at the beginning of the academic year, and in compliance with the requisites for sophomores and juniors.

 

Specific requisites for each year of studies MATE:

Year Requisites
Second Year Should have completed Calculus II and another math major course with A or B.
Third Year Should have completed the courses Calculus 1 and 2, Linear Algebra, and two other MATE courses (other than the seminar), all with A or B.
Fourth Year Should be 30 credits or less away from graduation at the beginning of the academic year, and in compliance with the requisites for sophomores and juniors.
Masters in Applied Math Must maintain a GPA of 3.33 or above. Students must attempt qualifying exams within a year of receiving the scholarship in order to remain in the project.

 

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