NSF Grant Projects

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Recruiting and Retaining Students into Computing

This project (RETAIN) uses a multipronged approach to inspire, increase, educate and retain a large underrepresented pool to pursue degrees for careers in computing and cyber security, a discipline in which there is an acute national demand of professionals. The project RETAIN targets Hispanic students in rural and underrepresented areas who will be taught cyber security beginning with foundation courses, to increase their awareness and demand for this field. It builds a pipeline for underrepresented students who have social, economic, and education needs in computing and cyber security, by partnering with a rural community college (Laredo), an urban community college (San Antonio) and its own students. Building upon strong, collaborative relationships formed between the institutions will contribute to project effectiveness.