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Principal Investigators

Dr. Ali Berrached

Dr. Ping Chen

Dr. Ongard Sirisaengtaksen

Dr. Hong Lin

Dr. Craig Cassidy (UH)


Contact Information

Department of Computer and Mathematical Science
Attention: UGI-CSTEM Program
One Main Street
Suite S-705
Houston, Texas 77002


NSF grant number: 0965952



UGI-CSTEM is an NSF funded project that seeks to:


  • Increase recruitment and retention of Computer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students at UHD with a special focus on academically talented but financially disadvantaged (including traditionally underrepresented minorities, women and persons with disabilities).
  • Enhance the undergraduate learning environment at UHD to produce high quality and highly competitive undergraduate/ graduate students.
  • Strengthen transition programs to facilitate successful students transfer from Community Colleges to UHD and from UHD to graduate school.

This is a joint program between University of Houston Downtown and University of Houston to:

  • Foster collaborative scholarly and educational activities between undergraduate/graduate students;   
  • Help students succeed toward graduation,
  • Prepare students to pursue and successfully attain a graduate degree in their field.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Demonstrate financial need as defined for undergraduate students by the U.S. Department of Education for need based financial aid (FASFA).
  3. College applicants must satisfy:
    • Minimum 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in college.
    • Major in Computer Science.
  4. High School applicants must satisfy:
    • Minimum score of 450 on SAT math and verbal exam sections
    • Credit for at least pre-calculus


Up to 10,000 per academic year, dependent on student's FAFSA determined eligible loan amount.

Requirements    once awarded a scholarship, you must:

  1. Declare your major by the first week of the current semester in Computer Science.
  2. Enroll full- time in courses within your degree program with approved academic advising
  3. Be a member of the Scholars Academy.

Scholarship renewal is based on meeting the above requirements and achieving a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester while receiving an S-STEM scholarship.

UGI-STEM Students will be assigned a faculty mentor and will have access to the academic support services provided by the Scholars Academy (tutoring, PLTL, seminars, field-trips, etc.),  access to research opportunities under the mentorship of a UGI-CSTEM faculty mentor, assistance locating and applying for local and national REUs, internships, and graduate school programs .

Application Materials

  • A completed UGI-CSTEM application form
  • One-page typed statement of applicant’s academic and professional goals
  • Copy of official high school and/or college transcript(s)
  • Copy of current SAT or other standardized exam scores (i.e. ACT) for High-School applicants
  • A sealed recommendation letter from current counselor or instructor

2011-2012 UGI-CSTEM Scholars




Abdullah, Rasheed


Ceaser, Kaleigh


Fernandez, Jesus


Greenlee, Mellissa


Harris, Kareem

Fall 2011

Jackson, Byron


Johnson, Joseph


Palma, Manuel


Sullivan, Timothy


Tinolo, Zaida


Williams-Baisy, Antoine

Fall 2011



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