Augusta State University has received a $419,520 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a Savannah River Scholars Program (SRSP).
The new program will be under the direction of Andrew Hauger, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and Sam Robinson, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. It will integrate research and education as well as foster an increased diversity in NSF programs, projects, and activities.
The grant will provide scholarships to students majoring in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Scholarships, averaging $5,700 each per year, will be awarded to 16 academically talented and economically disadvantaged students for four consecutive years.
It is the goal of SRSP to increase the number, quality, and diversity of students majoring in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics at Augusta State. In addition to financial support, the students will be assigned a faculty and a peer mentor to assist with undergraduate research support. Students will also attend monthly seminars on STEM research, graduate schools, and career opportunities. The program will also include a Career Connection panel, which will involve local industry leaders and alumni in relevant fields.
SRSP will promote peer-mentor teaching, forming networks between STEM students, faculty, and area industry leaders, and foster research training in seminar settings and in hands-on faculty-led research collaboration.
“The Savannah River Scholars will have a very dedicated group of faculty working with them to make this a very successful project. The project also will highlight our fantastic faculty in math and science,” says Kimberly Gray, director of ASU’s Grants Administration and Sponsored Programs.