The National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program “seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development. The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students in cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients will work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. The Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. They contribute to the expansion of existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity and focus on such efforts as research on the teaching and learning of cybersecurity, including research on materials, methods and small-scale interventions; curricula recommendations for new courses, degree programs, and educational pathways with plans for wide adoption nationally; teaching and learning effectiveness of cybersecurity curricular programs and courses; integration of cybersecurity topics into computer science, information technology, engineering and other existing degree programs with plans for pervasive adoption; partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sectors leading to improved models for the integration of applied research experiences into cybersecurity degree programs.” Find out more.
This program provides educational opportunities for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students . This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.
The Los Angeles Times reports that UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the California Institute of Technology together received a three-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps to foster relationships with university researchers, students, business leaders, and investors.
According to the article, Los Angeles universities produce more engineers than any other region in the country — but face a challenge in translating the talent and new ideas into viable businesses.
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According to the Daily Press, Hampton University in Virginia received $397,000 from the National Science Foundation to help incoming freshman with computing skills enroll in their pre-college summer program, which gives students the chance to jump start their university academic path and earn extra credits.
The grant allows the university to reform some computer science courses, develop a computer science, engineering, and mathematics summer bridge program, according to the article. “This grant will strengthen the students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills by integrating computational thinking into lower-level courses,” said Chutima Boonthum, an associate professor at the university. “This pre-college summer program is designed to introduce our students to the prerequisite skills that they will need in this major.”
High-need engineering students at California Polytechnic State University will get some financial relief from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which just granted the university $618,815, to distribute scholarships worth up to $10,000 each for four years. The money is part of NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM), and will also include support systems for students and supplemental workshops in science, math, and engineering.
U.S. Representative Lois Capps announced the grant on April 28, saying that STEM education is vital to “our nation’s success in the 21st century, but we are still a long way from having enough qualified students entering these fields,” according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
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A recent National Science Foundation study shows that postdoctoral employment has been on the rise for the past three decades. The number of postdoctoral researchers across all fields in 2010 was 25% more than it was in 2007, for instance. Postdoc employment in engineering has seen the fastest growth, with employment in computer sciences closely behind.
Part of the growth has been attributed to better and different reporting methods in addition to an actual rise in postdoctoral employment in academia. The study also shows an increase by gender, with 35% more women in 2010 than 2007 and 25% more men.