We are delighted to announce the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Hostos a $1,500,000 S-STEM grant in support of increasing the access and success of scholars in Mathematics and Computer Science at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The grant proposal was submitted by members of Hostos’ Mathematics Department: Professor Moise Koffi, who will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI), and his Co-Principal Investigators Math Department Chair and Professor Nieves Angulo and Ms. Diandra Jugmohan.
The grant will support a program intended to increase retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need at Hostos. Over the duration of the six-year funding cycle, estimated to run from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2028, the project will provide scholarships to 35 undergraduate students pursuing an associate degree in Mathematics or Computer Science. First-year students will receive up to three years of scholarship support and transfer students will receive up to two-year scholarships. The program specifically aims to increase the access and success of students by providing financial assistance; engaging participants in online resources to improve students' learning and academic performance; and offering professional certifications for scholars’ career readiness. The proposed supporting activities include mentoring, tutorial support in mathematics and computer science, service learning through co-curricular activities leading to certification in S-STEM fields, career readiness, internship and networking opportunities with STEM professionals, and participation in discipline-specific conferences.
Additionally, the program's team plans to investigate the effects of psychosocial factors on student motivation, self-confidence, and perseverance.
Learn more about this incredible award and opportunity here.