MaTECS Scholarship and Program
Mathematics and Technology Engagement for Commuter Students
The MaTECS Program is specific to St. Joseph's College, aimed at providing academically talented students with financial need an enhanced academic experience in mathematics (including mathematics - secondary education) , computer science and/or computer information technology. Students selected as MaTECS scholars will receive at least $5,000 in scholarships each year (up to four years) and take part in enriching cohort experiences with collaboration-infused educational and professional activities. Support for this program is provided by the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program under grant DUE-1741818.
Annual scholarship money between $5,000-$10,000 is available for each student. Scholarships are renewable for students who remain eligible for the program and maintain good academic standing (at least a 3.0 GPA). Acceptance of scholarship money is not contingent upon any post-graduation requirements.
MaTECS Specific Courses
Scholars will become part of an academic family with their cohort and enjoy courses specifically designed for them. The MaTECS cohort (16 students) will have reserved sections of common math and computing classes starting the first semester. Each of these sections will have modified curricula to foster more collaboration and open-ended thinking. This will culminate in a senior seminar course where MaTECS scholars of all three academic disciplines must contribute their unique knowledge and perspective to a semester-long project.
Faculty and Industry Mentoring
MaTECS scholars will receive faculty mentoring from freshman year to graduation. More than simply an adviser, each faculty mentor will serve as an informal point of contact for students facing academic challenges and external factors that might interfere with academic success. As a central point to mentoring, faculty mentors will work with MaTECS scholars in helping them create personal development plans that articulate their action steps and vision for the future.
Additionally, scholars will receive industry mentoring from junior year to graduation with an emphasis on job placement and career advisement. MaTECS scholars will be paired with an industry professional from a mutual field of interest. While these interactions will focus on professional development and career readiness, they should also serve to help students identify connections between what they learn in the classroom and what is utilized in the field.
Conference and Research Funding
As part of the program, the department will expand its already sizable network of internship contacts. Stipends for summer research are also available for MaTECS scholars whose goals are more pursuant to research than an internship. In addition, every student in the program will have costs defrayed to attend a discipline specific conference.
Speaker Series and Exclusive Activities
The program includes a math and computer speaker series as well as activities exclusively for MaTECS scholars. Professionals working in math and computing will be invited to inform MaTECS scholars of the broad career possibilities their degrees offer. Trips to meet local STEM professionals (such as at Brookhaven National Lab) will also serve this purpose. When MaTECS scholars near graduation, more of these events and activities will focus on resume preparation and interview skills.
Each candidate and continuing MaTECS scholar must …
- Be a U.S. citizen, national of the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), an alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
- Matriculate in Fall 2019 as a freshman.
- Be enrolled full-time in one of our Mathematics, Computer Science or Computer Information Technology degree programs.
- Carry an unweighted high school GPA of at least 83% and maintain a 3.0 GPA as a MaTECS scholar.
- Demonstrate financial need of at least $7,000 after expected family contribution, federal and state grants and other SJC scholarship money.
Application Process for Students Matriculating Fall 2019
To be considered for selection into the MaTECS Program, students must be admitted to SJC Long Island as freshmen and submit a FAFSA to determine whether the financial need eligibility requirement is met. (SJC Long Island federal school code is E00505). Starting in late January, strong candidates who meet the program eligibility requirements will be invited to submit a brief statement of interest in mathematics and/or computing. Following receipt of personal statements, candidates will be reviewed with notifications of acceptance into the program sent shortly thereafter.
For more information regarding this program, please contact Dr. Ryan Schwarz via email at [email protected] or by phone at 631.687.2616.