Financial assistance encourages a larger, more diverse pipeline of engineering and computer science talent, which plays a vital role in future economic growth for Mississippi and the nation. This support is particularly transformative for first-generation and underrepresented students; access to a good engineering job can lift their entire family out of generational poverty, enhancing the quality of life for themselves and their community.
Reducing cost barriers ensures that talented students with great promise can continue to fill the pipeline for industry and the public sector. Scholarships, assistantships and fellowships at undergraduate and graduate levels also enable the school to vie for future generations of engineers and computer scientists who can change the world.
The Engineering Bridge Program prepares students who are underrepresented in engineering and computer science disciplines for the rigor of our curricula. The summer program assists students with adjusting to college-level math and science coursework with additional focus on tools for academic success.
The University of Mississippi Academic Redshirt (UMARS) Program is a new program that would support engineering and computer science students who are first-generation students or are from under-resourced backgrounds to navigate the transition to college-level engineering courses. UMARS students would receive specialized curriculum designed to build learning skills and strengthen academic preparation for core math and science prerequisites.
Through summer camps and other programs, we strive to engage students long before college to build an interest in STEM learning, especially engineering. We are partnering with the university’s Center for Math and Science Education, Division of Outreach, and Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.