Community of Math and Computer Inspired Scholars

The Community of Mathematics and Computer Inspired Scholars (MCIS) provides the financial support needed to continue attracting and retaining women, underrepresented minorities, and financially needy but academically talented students for the STEM workforce.

The primary goal of MCIS is to provide educational opportunities to low-income, high achieving CCBC students through scholarships and student support services, and to promote full-time enrollment and degree achievement in these math and computer intensive STEM disciplines: Engineering, Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Network Technology.

The Engineering programs at CCBC are distinct with students receiving AS degrees for Engineering Transfer and AAS degrees for Engineering Technology. The project aims to expand the number of STEM students earning a degree and improve retention within these associate degree-granting programs.

Objectives

  • Recruit, enroll, graduate and/or transfer increased numbers of math and computer focused STEM students, especially women and other underrepresented groups.
  • Develop a community of students and faculty with related interests and coursework to create a support system as well as a feeling of belonging. Encourage social and academic interaction through teambuilding exercises, the formation of study groups, hosting of social and educational events, and research projects.
  • Facilitate employment for those students in technology fields in the Greater Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. CCBC’s existing relationship with Northrop Grumman will provide opportunities for students to gain an understanding of the defense industry and its opportunities for employment.
MCIS scholars will be assigned a mentor who will advise them on their course selection and career goals. Participants in the program will attend monthly workshops that include teambuilding activities, job search skills, and presentations on various STEM fields and topics of interest.

Eligible Majors

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems Security
  • Network Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computer Science

Eligibility Criteria

  • Awardee must be a full-time student.
  • Awardee must be prepared to take Math 083 Intermediate Algebra, or higher, at time of award.
  • Applications are due June 1 for fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Scholarships will be for amounts of up to $5,000 per semester based on unmet financial need.
  • Awardee must be enrolled in a math class each semester until all required math courses for their MCIS major are completed.
  • Awardees that have earned an Associate's Degree at CCBC, or earned a minimum of 45 credits at CCBC in an MCIS program, are eligible to apply for a "transfer" award.

Program Activities

MCIS scholars participate in monthly workshops that include team-building activities, speakers, academic and career skill development.

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation under DUE-1356436.

Applications are due June 1 for fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.