Auburn University receives grant to launch Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences

Published: May 30, 2013 9:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Morgan Stashick ,, 334-844-3591

Cheryl Seals, faculty member in Auburn University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and partners at Clemson University, University of Alabama, Carnegie Mellon University, Rice University, University of Wisconsin and Winston-Salem State University, have received a National Science Foundation grant of more than $5 million to launch an Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences.

The institute will serve as a national resource and emphasize mentoring as the primary strategy for increasing African-American participation in computing. It aims to increase the number of African-American doctoral graduates entering the workforce with a research focus, as well as retain and advance African-American faculty and researchers by developing leaders with computing expertise in higher education, government and industry.