Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar Earns NSF Funding to Increase Representation of Students With Disabilities in STEM Careers

April 28, 2022
Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar Earns NSF Funding to Increase Representation of Students With Disabilities in STEM Careers

Mahasweta Sarkar, a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University, is currently working on a NSF-funded project to increase the representation of students with disabilities in STEM careers; called The Alliance for Students with Disabilities for Inclusion, Networking, and Transition Opportunities in STEM (TAPDINTO-STEM). Learn more below on how to apply and participate in this exciting program.

Program Description
In addition to receiving a stipend of $1000 per academic year, you will receive:
- Peer mentoring and faculty mentoring on SDSU campus
- Access to a national network of students, graduate students, faculty and industry mentors
interested in supporting students with disabilities pursuing STEM degrees
- Opportunities to apply for internships and research and industry conferences
- Opportunities to participate in campus events and programs such as campus graduate school fairs
- An Alliance-wide annual STEM student research conference
- Group meetings with faculty and guest speakers focusing on topics such as time management,
study skills, course selection, internships, and research opportunities

Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible for this program, you must:
- Be a student with a disability
- Be a STEM (Engineering majors preferred) major or be a freshman/sophomore planning to
declare an Engineering major and interested in exploring graduate school options
- Be a U.S. Citizen, a national, or a lawfully admitted permanent resident
- Committed to achieving and maintaining a 3.00 cumulative GPA
- 18 years of age or older

What is required of you?
To successfully continue in this program, you have to:
- Make progress toward, or maintaining a 3.00 cumulative GPA
- Participate in mentoring activities to the satisfaction of your TAPDINTO-STEM faculty mentor (Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar, [email protected])
- Participate in enrichment activities such as time-management, study-skills, and tutoring workshops and professional or association meetings (roughly you are looking at 2-4 hours of time commitment in a month, during your academic year)
- Continue to pursue a degree in an Engineering (or STEM) discipline

If this is of interest to you, please email Dr. Sarkar ([email protected]) with a short bio (no more than a page), by May 15 th , 2022. Please include “NSF TAPDINTO Program Applicant” in your email subject

We are looking for a cohort of 8 students – space is limited – so apply early! You will have the chance to extend your participation to the next academic year if your participation is deemed satisfactory. However, application will not automatically rollover.

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