WSSU, Clemson to Launch Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computer Science

June 17, 2013

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will be a collaborator in the launch of the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computer Science, an effort funded with a $5 million grant awarded to Clemson University by the National Science Foundation.

The institute will serve as a national resource and emphasize mentoring as the primary strategy for increasing African-American participation in computing.  Dr. Elva Jones, chair of the Computer Science Department at WSSU, will serve as a co-primary investigator and lead the undergraduate mentoring initiative.

"The mentoring initiative is designed to pair undergraduate African-American computer science students with computer science faculty on a nationwide basis to provide support and early exposure to research methods," said Jones.  "Students who participate in the mentoring activities also will be encouraged to participate in summer research experiences for undergraduates and to pursue graduate study."

The institute aims to increase the number of underrepresented groups earning computing science doctoral degrees and the number of researchers in higher education, government and business.  Other partners in the alliance include the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon University, Rice University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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