S-STEM Program: Preparation of Data-Driven Mathematical Scientists for the Workforce

The Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation funds this project their scholarship program for Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM).

This program will provide three years of support for three cohorts of ten students each. Students will either major in the Mathematical Sciences with a Concentration in Computational/Applied Mathematics, or Statistics; or receive a minor in the mathematical sciences, with a big data (data-science) focus, as they complete their major requirements in one of eight sister departments. Students will typically enter the program as rising sophomores.


Moreover, the program will start with a summer bootcamp in which students will be immersed in computational science, both theoretical and applied. From the fall, and for the next three years, students will attend a bi-weekly seminar that alternates between mini-workshops, visiting speakers, career planning, team building, and a variety of other activities. Students will be expected to graduate after three years of support.

Program in a Nutshell <PDF Infographic>

  • $620,000 S-STEM grant from NSF to ETSU. 
  • 30 scholarships, 10 each starting in 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • 3 years, $5500 each year, total: $16,500.
  • Can be used on top of Hope, Honors and other scholarships -- but some financial need must be evident.
  • Must have had Calculus I (MATH 1910) with good scores or AP Calculus.
  • Must major in mathematics under the Statistics or Computational/Applied concentrations OR
  • May major in a STEM field with a tailored made minor in mathematics
  • Existing students such as rising sophomores who have not had too much math are welcome to apply.
  • Must be willing to commit to a career or graduate work that uses "Big Data" (Data Science).
  • Must work for 5 hours a week as Calculus tutors.
  • Must attend an evening seminar twice a month.
  • Must attend a 1-2 week computational bootcamp in the summer preceding the first year.
  • Must attend computational bootcamps in the Fall semester of the first year.


Co-Principal Investigators Team

Ariel Cintron-Arias, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Institute for Quantitative Biology

Anant Godbole, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education

Jeff Knisley, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Institute for Quantitative Biology

Edith Seier, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Ramona Williams, Vice Provost for Enrollment Services 



Application Process

Applications will begin to be reviewed by May 15, 2014.  No applications will be considered after July 15, 2014.

  1. Two letters of recommendation must be sent electronically to Dr. Ariel Cintron-Arias <cintronarias.@etsu.edu>
  2. Complete online application form, you will need to type in "etsu2014sstem" (without quotes) to access the questionnaire. <URL>

Note: Scholarships will be awarded pending availability of funding by the National Science Foundation.