Villanova University’s Department of Computing Sciences Awarded $609,000 National Science Foundation Grant

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Department of Computing Sciences in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been awarded a $609,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. 

“The S-STEM program is designed to support efforts to enhance the quality, quantity and diversity of STEM majors nationwide. This grant will support the Villanova Computing Scholars (ViCS) learning community and will emphasize a world view of computing,” said Robert Beck, PhD, chair, Department of Computing Sciences.

It is the third S-STEM grant the department has received since 2004 and was one of approximately 80 awarded across all STEM disciplines out of nearly 300 proposals submitted nationally in 2012.

Current and incoming Computing Science majors in ViCS will be eligible to receive up to $8,000 in financial aid per year over the next four years, and will participate in a learning community focused on projects from the Villanova Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.