National Science Foundation grant awarded to CSUB for scholarships

April 11, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

A $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will fund scholarships for science, computer science, engineering and mathematics students at California State University, Bakersfield. An average of 40 annual scholarships will be awarded over the next four years through the university's Pipeline to High Tech Professions program.

"We've designed a program to increase the number of graduates prepared for careers in the sciences and engineering," said Thomas Meyer, professor of physics and computer science at CSUB. "The scholarships will help students by reducing their financial burdens and allowing them more time for academics than for work."

The scholarships, which range from $1,000 for lower division students up to a maximum of $6,000 for upper division students, are already available. Twenty-six students this quarter received a total of $46,000.

"It's an honor for our university to be supported by NSF with such a large grant," Meyer added. "They were impressed with our scholarship criteria, our support courses for students, and the seminar series which we open to the community."

Incoming freshmen and students transferring to CSUB who wish to pursue science, mathematics or pre-engineering majors are encouraged to apply for the scholarships. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, show financial need, and have a minimum 3.0 high school grade point average or a minimum 2.5 grade point average for previous college work.

Complete details about the scholarship criteria and applications can be found on at or by calling the computer science department at (661) 664-3082.