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February 24, 2005

Birmingham-Southern receives research grant for computer science program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College is receiving a $233,000 award from the National Science Foundation to provide undergraduate research opportunities to full-time computer science students attending any of the five member institutions in the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education.

The program, BACHE Research Experiences for Undergraduates-Scholarship in Computer Science, will allow students to conduct research supervised by faculty mentors from the BACHE institutions. The research will focus on the fields of computer graphics, artificial intelligence, and software engineering.

Students will work 10 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during the summer in a wide variety of disciplines and approaches. They also will participate in monthly research-in-progress meetings and present their work at a BACHE symposium.

“Fourteen students will be selected for the two-year program,” said Marietta Cameron, BSC associate professor of computer science and coordinator of the grant. “The primary goal of the program is to give students the experience and confidence to pursue graduate study in computer science, which only one BACHE school offers.”

The five institutions in the BACHE consortium are Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, Samford University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Montevallo.

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