Throughout the next five years, incoming freshmen and community college graduates enrolling at IU Northwest can apply for one of 26 scholarships funded by the National Science Foundation as part of an effort to increase the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) graduates in the region.
Renewable over three years, the scholarships provide up to $10,000 annually for selected undergraduates pursuing B.S. degrees in actuarial science, biology, chemistry, computer information systems, geology, informatics and mathematics.
The scholarships are part of NSF-AIMS (National Science Foundation Advancing Indiana Math and Science), an initiative that earned IU Northwest the prestigious grant. One of the program’s major goals is to improve the recruitment of women, African Americans and Hispanics in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland region toward math and science degrees.
“With this funding, our campus will be able to attract and graduate talented students from the region who might not otherwise have the means to pursue their interest in STEM fields. The scholarship and academic support programs will both benefit students and strengthen our region’s economy. Professionals in STEM fields earn more, are in high demand among employers, and often create jobs by starting their own businesses.”
— IU Northwest Chancellor William Lowe
The NSF-AIMS project was proposed by a group of faculty responding to NSF’s call to address a national shortage of STEM graduates. The team was led by Professor Bhaskara Kopparty, who served as principal investigator, and included Professors Kristin Huysken, Dan Kelly, Vesna Kilibarda and Michael LaPointe, who served as co-principal investigators.