State of Texas and Department of Education offer GAANN scholarships for Computer Science PhDs – Corridor News

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SAN MARCOS – The Department of Computer Science at Texas State University received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance Program in Areas of National Need (GAANN) to support the Ph.D. computer science students.

The $570,000 federal grant will support five doctoral students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need for their doctoral studies in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. An additional doctoral student will be supported by institutional matching funds of $135,000. Vangelis Metsis, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, will oversee the program.

“We are very happy to have received this scholarship opportunity from the United States Department of Education. This will allow us to attract and train excellent PhD students in areas of national need,” said Metsis. “As a minority-serving institution, we will do our best to recruit underrepresented minorities into this program.”

Each GAANN Fellow will receive three years of federal scholarship and up to two years of ministerial support. The scholarship includes a supervised teacher training component that will provide GAANN scholars with experience they can choose to use in pursuing an academic career.

Texas State Computer Science PhDs have achieved great success publishing their work in leading conferences and journals. The newly designed doctoral program incorporates not only traditional aspects of teaching and research training, but also modern marketable skills including leadership, entrepreneurship and communication. GAANN Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of supervised research and teaching experiences designed to ensure their successful training in the proposed areas of national need.

Consideration for a GAANN scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident, with outstanding academic performance, who plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the State of Texas. The State of Texas GAANN program uses an array of strategies to maximize recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented minorities, and it features a comprehensive multi-level evaluation plan to ensure continuous program improvement. and graduate success.

The recruitment of students from traditionally underrepresented groups aims to increase the participation of students from these groups in the doctoral program in computer science and to favor their choice of academic career.

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