Dr. Maggie Eppstein, chair of Computer Science and core faculty member of the Vermont Complex Systems Center has been awarded a $650K 5-year grant by the National Science Foundation. In the hopes of boosting the population of high schoolers considering Computer Science as a major, the NSF has granted UVM the funds to award 16 students over the next two falls with up to $10,000 a year in aid. The first round of awards are currently being decided but will be given to 6 incoming freshman who have declared Computer Science as their major and who demonstrate financial need along with skill in the field. The goal of this program is to generate more interest in Computer Science as a major for students who would not normally consider it. The computer science department is looking forward to mentoring, fostering, and enhancing the careers of these skillful students.

Additional information, June 27th, University Communications, “New Scholarship Grant to Benefit Computer Science Students.”