SUNY Potsdam Receives $573,370 National Science Foundation Grant

03.18.10

SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Computer Science has been awarded a $573,370 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a scholarship program to help community college students complete their bachelor’s degrees at the College.

The Computer Science Leadership and Practice Scholarship Program will provide 30 students who have already completed their associate’s degrees in the field with full scholarships to finish their Bachelor of Science at SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Timothy V. Fossum, chair and professor of the Computer Science department, is the principal investigator for the four-year CS-LEAP project.

“The Computer Science department at SUNY Potsdam has been actively developing articulation agreements with community colleges throughout the state.  The financial support provided by this NSF grant assures that students who have fulfilled the articulation requirements can be assured the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degrees and become part of the computer and technology workforce of New York State,” said Dr. Margaret E. Madden, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We're thrilled to be able to help students in this way.”

The first group of 10 CS-LEAP scholars is being recruited now, and will enroll at the College starting in Fall 2010.  Two more groups of 10 students will be supported during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. In total, 30 students will receive scholarship support, each for two years of study at SUNY Potsdam.

The CS-LEAP program will also encourage the students to engage in community building activities to help them be more successful in their college studies, as well as learning to work in a team environment and to integrate into a workplace culture.

Additionally, CS-LEAP scholars will organize and recruit guest speakers for monthly seminar presentations. Students will also be encouraged to pursue internship opportunities.