Dr. Leda Lunardi, Professor
Leda Lunardi, Montserrat Fuentes, Cheryl Cass and Tony Mitchell have been awarded $633,864 by the National Science Foundation for research on Promoting Academic and Career Success for Raleigh Future Scholars at NC State.
We seek 80 scholarships over four years to establish a successful program in engineering disciplines for low income undergraduate students at NC State University. This project also includes students majoring in statistics. We will create a pathway through "Raleigh Promise" for the academically talented and economically disadvantageous student population with a Raleigh permanent address, increasing their opportunities for STEM careers. We have identified several activities in which scholars will have participation priority, including mentoring, career readiness, and educational incentives that have proven to be very successful in academic success. We propose to make all need-based scholarship awards the same annual amount of $6500. At the end of this project, we will have effectively increased the rate at which 80 STEM scholars have earned their degree, and built a more diverse and inclusive student population that interacts with and helps recruit new students entering NC State.