NSF awarded FDU's School of Computer Sciences and Engineering of FDU a grant of $400,000 for sponsoring a new academic program in pharmaceutical biostatistics. The grant proposal, for an Undergraduate Scholarships in Mathematics: A Workforce Development Program, was supported by Merck, Hoffmann-La Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and the New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
NSF granted FDU $400,000, the bulk of which is for undergraduate scholarships for full-time students who are U. S. residents. The criteria for student selection include financial need, academic excellence, and documented evidence of aptitude in mathematics. Students agree to participate in at least 15 hours of community service per semester. The awards are up to $3,125 per student, per year.
During the five years that these grants have been awarded, the curriculum for the pharmaceutical biostatics concentration has been updated. Following the advice of an industrial advisory board, courses in databases and data mining have been added to the curriculum. The range of the program is now designed to cover the Health Care Industry in general. Many students not in the grant programs have taken advantage of the courses of this concentration. Speakers from industry come to FDU to meet our students and to give presentations on current topics.
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