Program - NSF S-STEM Scholar Program @ CSULA



NSF S-STEM @ California State University, Los Angeles


Aero Insititute


The NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program provides institutions
with funds for student scholarships to encourage and enable academically talented but financially needy students to enter
the workforce following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in fields of science, technology,
engineering, or mathematics. The program was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in accordance with the
American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-277) as modified by P.L. 106-313 and P.L.108-447
in 2004. The Act reflects the national need to increase substantially the number of American scientists and engineers.


The purpose of this proposed program is to obtain four-year funding to support graduate students who will complete
a master of science degree in Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering at CSULA. The ultimate goal of this S-STEM
Project is to supply 25 highly- trained, graduate-level engineers to the aerospace industry of Urban Los Angeles and
the Antelope Valley and to perpetuate a graduate student pipeline that supports the Mission of the College of Engineering,
Computer Science, and Technology at CSULA and the goals of the AERO Institute.

CSULA is a designated Hispanic Serving and Minority Institution located in one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the
country. The AERO Institute is a unique collaboration between the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, the California Space
Grant Foundation and the City of Palmdale. The goals for this Institute are to 1) development of the aerospace workforce for
the future, 2) provide comprehensive technical, undergraduate and gradate education for the Antelope Valley, 3) conduct
leading edge aerospace research, 4) incubate, stimulate and commercialize new intellectual property, 5) promote aerospace
science and engineering, 6) build industry partnerships.

Academically talented, financially needy, students will be identified and prepared in existing undergraduate programs while
they participate in undergraduate collaborative research programs that are ongoing with AERO Institute, NASA Dryden Flight
Research Center, and other aerospace industry in the Antelope Valley area. CSULA is the only CSU campus with a NASA funded
University Research Center (URC) which currently provides funding to pipeline undergraduate students into Masters and Doctoral
degrees. Students selected for this proposed program will complete their MS degrees with a research focus in five specific
areas: 1) Hypersonic technology, 2) Nanotechnology, 3) UAV systems, 4) Embedded computer systems, and 5) Machine vision
technology. These areas of technology were specifically chosen because they have been identified as critical technologies
for the advancement of the national technology base required to maintain the world leadership of the United States in the
aerospace industry. There is a commitment and capability by the AERO Institute and by the industry in the Antelope Valley
to provide additional resources to support this program.

The proposed project reflects CSULA’s tradition of bringing educational and professional-advancement opportunities to students
from underrepresented minority communities, and fulfillment of these goals will be an integral part of its overall and ultimate
success. The scholarships will bring significant research and educational resources to the twenty-five graduate students who
will be selected for this program. It will serve as a recruiting tool for attracting talented minority students to science,
mathematics, and engineering programs and will serve to improve human resource development at the Antelope Valley area.
The students who participate in this program will be helped to fulfill their potential while themselves helping in research
and human resource development that is vital, important, and necessary. Through the proposed internship at AERO, mentorship of
experts at aerospace industry in the Antelope Valley area, and its high standard for pedagogical development, the program will
accomplish its goal while simultaneously serving the underrepresented minority community that is local to CSULA.

Eligibility Requirements

  • US citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Currently Pursuing an MS in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or a senior with 2 quarters left in a CSULA undergraduate program and a commitment to pursuing an MS Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Full-time pursuit of the degree
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Copy of undergraduate transcript
  • List of 3 academic references
  • Proof of US citizenship or permanent residence status

Please contact Dr. Guillaume (ECST A334) or Rosa (ECST A205) for more information

  • College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

  • California State University, Los Angeles

  • last modified on December 18, 2007