Auburn University is working to increase participation in computing disciplines by underrepresented groups, such as women and persons with disabilities. The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering has received more than $104,000 to fund a three-year extension of the Students and Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) Alliance. Combined with $235,000 received over the first three years, the award brings Auburn's total STARS funding to almost $350,000.
"The additional funding gives us the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Auburn's city school system through computer clubs and other programs," said Cheryl Seals, faculty advisor to AU STARS. "At Auburn, this will help faculty and staff as we try to recruit, retain and graduate women and other underrepresented students in computing fields."
STARS focuses on the progression of students from elementary school through graduate school using multifaceted experiences that lead to computing careers. AU STARS provides support for area K-12 students through partnerships with local schools, providing students with challenging computer programs that spark their imaginations. Through STARS, college students receive academic and social development through outreach leadership, mentoring and applied research experiences.
Formed in spring 2005 in response to the National Science Foundation's Broadening Participation in Computing program, the STARS alliance is comprised of the following academic institutions: Auburn University, Florida A&M, Florida State, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Tech, Hampton University, Johnson C. Smith University, Landmark College, Meredith College, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina State, Saint Augustine's College, Shaw University, Spelman College, University of North Carolina -- Charlotte, University of New Orleans, University of South Carolina, University of South Florida -- Lakeland, University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech.