Computer Science, Information Technology Scholarships
 
UNION – Kean University Associate Professor Patricia A. Morreale, Ph.D., a Millburn resident, has received a $621,925 grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide 40 students with two-year scholarships to study Computer Science and Information Technology.
 
“Our goal is to prepare students to enter the scientific workforce or graduate school as competent, highly trained individuals,” said Dr. Morreale, Chair of Kean’s Department of Computer Science. “The students will be skilled in teamwork and research, serve as role models to members of their communities and contribute to increased diversity in the fields of Computer Science andInformation Technology.”
 
Dr. Morreale created “Project ASK: Applying Student Knowledge (ASK) for Success in Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT)” to increase the number of academically talented, financially needy students graduating with undergraduate degrees in CS and IT. The grant will support 40 transfer students and juniors who will become ASK Scholars.
 
“Research has shown that workshops, outside of the classroom, where students discuss their problem solving skills, focusing on the process of problem solving, not just the product, have beenvery important to increasing retention and success in mathematics and computer science,” said Dr. Morreale. “The students will participate in weekly workshops, group experiences, and interact closely with faculty members whoprovide academic and professional support through advising and mentoring. They will gain leadership experience from participating in professional student organizations and local and regional programming contests.”
 
Students interested in the scholarships can apply at http://www.kean.edu/KU/Computer-Science ; all application materials and eligibility requirements are available online.
 
A nationally recognized innovator in computer science and information technology, Dr. Morreale was recently elected to a three-year term as a Councilor of the http://www.cur.org Council on Undergraduate Research, an appointment to the national leadership organization’s governing board. Last year, she was appointed to a three-year term as co-chair of the http://www.ncwit.org/alliances/aa National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance.
 
Dr. Morreale’s current research focuses on multimedia system design, including web and mobile systems, and computer science education. She received a previous NSF grant to support 20 Kean scholarships for Computer Science students, all of whom have graduated. She is the creator of Street Corners, architecture for the correlation of real-time networked environmental sensors, and has a patent in the design of real-time database systems. In addition to NSF, Dr. Morreale’s research is funded by grants from Google and the Computing Research Association.