Graduate S-STEM Program Overview

The Scholarships for Broadening Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Computational Science and Engineering Research Training (ICSERT) program is to train talented and in financial need graduate students in Interdisciplinary Computational Science and Engineering Research. Participation in this scholarship program will provide students the opportunity to obtain technical training for engaging in interdisciplinary computational research, and develop and implement support services to ensure their retention and successfully transition to research careers in interdisciplinary science and engineering.

Students selected to receive scholarships will work with faculty mentors in the CSRC based on their interests and desired area of study. The mentors will engage students in research projects that address one of the interdisciplinary themes and provide a team based working environment. Student assignment and faculty selection will be based on creating "discovery teams" for the proposed interdisciplinary themes.

This National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scholarship program, referred to by the acronym Graduate S-STEM (for scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), will provide scholarships of $10,000/yr for two years, to supplement their teaching or research assistantships. The scholarships are available to students enrolled full-time in or accepted for full-time enrollment in the masters or doctoral program in computational science or engineering at SDSU.

The scholarship is renewed or extended each semester based on student participant's satisfactory progress for a maximum of two years. Satisfactory progress requires maintaining a 3.5 or better GPA each semester for which funding is received, regularly attending at workshops and lectures, meeting with research mentors and academic mentors, submitting updated academic career goals and plan and meeting with advisors to review progress towards this goal, presenting research to peers at the lunch and learn meetings, presenting research at SRS and ACCSESS meetings, and demonstrating timely advancement towards the degree (completion of coursework, formation of thesis/dissertation committees, qualifying and proposal defense exams).

To qualify, students must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents and must meet the criterion of financial need as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. The scholarship award provided by the NSF-SDSU STEM Scholars program will become a part of each student's overall financial aid package. (Financial aid packages can be composed of a mixture of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study monies, up to the amount of the cost of attendance.) For questions regarding how receiving this scholarship may impact specific financial aid packages, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at SDSU (Phone number 619-594-6323).

The Scholarships for Graduate Student Participation in Computational Science and Engineering Research program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and managed by SDSU's Computational Science Research Center.

To be considered, applicants must file a 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have financial need, as determined by the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

How to Apply to the Program

Students interested in applying for this scholarship should send an e-mail explaining their academic background and interests, along with the application items listed below to the Computational Science Research Center (

Graduate S-STEM Application Materials

  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Purpose describing why you want to participate in the Graduate S-STEM program and how participation in the program will assist you in reaching your goals.
  • Graduate S-STEM Program Application Form (MS Word) or (PDF).
  • Transcripts from all post secondary education.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, at least one of which is from a former professor in the selected field of study.

Complete application material should be emailed to:

Contact Us

San Diego State University is seeking applicants for its Graduate S-STEM program. For more information, interested students should contact:

Dr. Jose E. Castillo
Director/Professor of Mathematics
Computational Science Research Center

Dr. Satchi Venkataraman
Professor of Engineering
Computational Science Research Center

Dr. Rob Edwards
Professor of Computer Science
Computational Science Research Center

Dr. Paul Paolini
Professor Emeritus in Biology
Computational Science Research Center

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