There is a clearly developing need for Computer Science and Mathematics
skills across the sciences, in academia, research, and industry.
The burgeoning fields of computational genomics and mathematical ecology are
The increasing use of computational mathematics in physics, meteorology,
chemistry, and other sciences, provides a demand for scientists trained in
Computer Science or Mathematics, a demand that currently outstrips supply.
A Computer Science or Mathematics education provides scientists with
skills and expertise required for employment and research in their
The Computer Science and Mathematics for Scientists (CSMS) project
administers National Science Foundation (NSF) funded scholarships for
academically talented, financially needy students, who are majoring in
science (a mathematical, computer, biological, physical, or geo science),
who take Computer Science or Mathematics as a second major.
An NSF-CSMS scholarship pays for 8 credits tuition per year, to a maximum of
$10000 per year (approximately $8800 in 2007/2008), for up to four years.
Information for applicants is available here.
Highlights of the CSMS project include:
- JETT workshops in the Department of Computer Science:
The Department of Computer Science is hosting ACM
Java Engagement for Teacher Training
workshops to support the teaching of Computer Science in high schools
and provide information about the CSMS project.
- Mathematics Curriculum Development:
Curriculum segments of Mathematics courses are being augmented by
special units giving glimpses of current research on the frontiers
between Mathematics and marketing, finance, and genetics.
Each recipient of a CSMS scholarship is assigned a secondary
advisor from their second major in Computer Science or Mathematics.
The University of Miami chapter
of the Association for Computing Machinery provides mentoring
of scholarship recipients in Computer Science.
A committee of senior Mathematics students serves
as mentors for scholarship recipients in Mathematics.
- Seminars about the use of Computer Science and Mathematics
(Abstracts of the seminars are here.)
- Industry Liaison:
An industry liaison group drawn from local businesses that have an
employment demand for graduates with Computer Science or Mathematics
skills provide "real world" input on how Computer Science and
Mathematics are used in their businesses.
The graduating CSMS students are identified to the University's
Toppel Career Center so that suitable employers are appropriately
informed of these graduates.
The CSMS project is funded by the National Science Foundation
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program under
Award No. 0630894 (see the NSF Award Abstract).
This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support
scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling
them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate,
baccalaureate, or graduate level degree in science and engineering
Online Reports of Activities
The CSMS project is managed by:
The CSMS representatives from science Departments in the College of Arts and
- Geoff Sutcliffe
(Principal Investigator), Department of Computer Science.
- Huseyin Kocak
(co-PI), Department of Computer Science.
- Victor Pestien
(co-PI), Department of Mathematics.
- Burton Rosenberg
(co-PI), Department of Computer Science.
The administration and financial management of the CSMS project is
with support of offices in the University of Miami, represented by:
The CSMS industry liaison group is drawn from local businesses that have
demand for graduates with Computer Science or Mathematics skills.
Additionally, the University's Toppel Career Center is represented.
The members are:
- Dan DiResta,
Coordinator, Department of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Director, Ecosystem Science and Policy Undergraduate Program.
- Blase Maffia,
Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Biology.
- Alex Wilson,
Department of Biology.
Rik Myers, Department of Biochemistryand Molecular Biology.
- Jim Nearing,
Associate Chairman, Department of Physics.
Larry Peterson, Department of Geology.
Bill Purcell, Undergraduate Chairman, Department of Chemistry.
Brian Soden, Meteorology Program.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this
material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views
of the National Science Foundation.