2021 Scholars Applications Are Open

About the CS and CS/Math programs

There are two Distinguished Scholars programs for students who intend to study computer science and/or math at Western. They are both designed to excite first-year students and integrate them into the computer science community. These programs support students in their studies throughout their time at Western and prepare them for careers in computer science and math through advising, mentoring, and developing professional skills. Both programs help students access introductory CS courses so they can declare the CS major in their second year. Both programs also include regular get-togethers with faculty and student leaders that expose scholars to opportunities in the CS department and beyond.

Apply by March 3

This program is exclusively for admitted Western students; you will need to log in to your Admitted Student Portal to register.

Criteria

  • First-Year Student
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Academic interest in Computer Science or Mathematics (including Statistics, Applied Math, Computer Science/Math)

Important Dates

The priority deadline for full consideration is March 3.
 

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Computer Science Mathematics Distinguished Scholars Program (CS/M)

The Computer Science Mathematics Distinguished Scholars Program (CS/M) is focused on exposing students to the variety of career options in these fields and preparing them to succeed after graduation. Approximately fifteen incoming first-year students are selected to participate each year based on academic excellence and an interest in pursuing a major in either Computer Science or Mathematics.

This program is supported by a one million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation which provides scholarships for students who qualify.

CS/M Benefits

  • A significant scholarship, typically around $5000 per year (renewable for up to four years), for students who meet certain financial eligibility requirements. 
  • Automatic registration in a 2-credit seminar in Mathematics and a 3-credit seminar in Computer Science in the fall quarter of your first year.
  • For those majoring in CS, a reserved seat in CSCI pre-major classes (e.g. CSCI 141, CSCI 145, CSCI 241, CSCI 247, and CSCI 301) as dictated by the program. 
  • Monthly gatherings with a focus on providing students with opportunities for internships, research experiences and leadership. Many of these events will showcase successful Western graduates from Mathematics and Computer Science.  
  • Mentoring with upperclassmen and recent alumni to further prepare students for success. 
  • Active advising with faculty beginning in the first year, including the formulation of a four year graduation

Computer Science Distinguished Scholars Program (CS)

The similar Computer Science Distinguished Scholars Program (CS) is for first-year students who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in pursuing a Computer Science major. The program is planned and organized by faculty within the Computer Science Department who will work closely with students throughout the duration of the program. Approximately 30 incoming first-year students are selected to participate each year.

CS Benefits

  • A reserved seat in CSCI pre-major classes (e.g. CSCI 141, CSCI 145, CSCI 241, CSCI 247, and CSCI 301) as dictated by the program. 
  • Monthly gatherings with a focus on providing students with opportunities for internships, research experiences and leadership. Many of these events will showcase successful Western graduates from Mathematics and Computer Science.  
  • Active advising with faculty beginning in the first year, including the formulation of a four year graduation plan.