FAMU CIS program will start awarding 19 scholarships in July
by Angeline Davis
The number of minority women involved in computer information science (CIS) at Florida A&M will increase if assistant professor Jason Black has his way.
Black and CIS Department Chair Edward Jones have been awarded a $552,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help more women study computer science. Minority women make up about 8 percent of the CIS field and black women make up about 3.3 percent, according to the Computer Research Association.
“It’s very dismal numbers,” he said. “(People) tend to think of computer science as a male-dominated field.”
Starting in July, the grant dollars will be used to cover scholarships as part of FAMU’s African-American Women in Computer Science or AAWCS. The AAWCS program will provide scholarships to 19 women who are interested in the field.
Black said the students with a financial need will be selected each semester to receive scholarships ranging from $2,000-$5,000.