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UNL hopes to woo students with scholarships
BY ANGIE SCHAFFER
Many determined University
of Nebraska-Lincoln and commu
nity college students will have the
opportunity to continue their
education, thanks to a National
Science Foundation grant
A new program will try to lure
more students - especiallv
minorities and women - into
fields related to information tech
The program, called CSEMS,
will provide scholarships for UNL
students and community college
students to either finish their
undergraduate degrees or start
their graduate work in the fields of
computer science, engineering
The professors hope the pro
gram will fill a shortage of people
with math, science and engineer
"There are just not enough
people in information technolo
gy,” said physics and astronomy
professor Kevin Lee.
UNLs program was the brain
child of Byrav Ramamurthy, an
assistant professor of computer
science and engineering. It was
pursued by a group of faculty
across different math and science
disciplines. Starting in the fall
semester, as many as 40 students
will be given scholarships of
$3,125 a year for two years.
Students entering the pro
gram must be of at least junior
standing at UNL or a nearby two
year college when they begin,
have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and
be financially eligible for a Pell
Those in groups “historically
underrepresented in computer
science, engineering and mathe
matics” will be given special con
sideration for these scholarships,
Lee said. These groups include
minorities, women and students
from poor communities.
Students receiving the schol
arships will be required to attend a
seminar. The seminar will allow
students to interact with each
other, talk with researchers and
expose them to other fields.
They also will be given men
toring opportunities. The mentor
ing is intended to form a network
of experienced students and local
business leaders that will give stu
dents access not only to advice but
possible connections to jobs.
Applicants need to fill out an
application and submit it by April
15. The application requires stu
dents to give some basic informa
tion. answnr two essay questions,
and have one reference from a fac
ulty member. Transfer applicants
must also fill out a UNL applica
tion and a FAFSA form.
More information on the
scholarship can be found at
u nvw. uni. eduJcsems.
Lee, who is part of the imple
mentation team, said he hoped
the program would help draw stu
dents to UNL
He said students should con
tinue their education at the uni
versity instead of jumping to a job
right after community college.
They will have a deeper under
standing of the thought behind
their Geld, he said. In a constantlv
changing field such as informa
tion science, a university educa
tion may be necessary for stu
dents to succeed, Lee said.
Lee also noted that there were
many vacancies in the field, espe
cially in the government and small
Ramamurthy’s goals for the
program are focused on the jug
gling of studies and jobs some stu
dents have to do to pay for college.
“The motivation and goal (of
the program) is to allow students
to devote time to studying instead
of working to pay tuition.”
Bill would alter death penalty
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Alan Peterson, a private attor
ney who has represented inmates
on death row, echoed Keller.
“You can create life without
parole,” he said.
Moreover, he urged lawmak
ers to advance the bill to save tax
payers from the hefty financial
burden tied to prosecuting capital
Most death penalty cases,
when completed, have price tags
that have seven figures, he said.
Advocates of capital punish
ment generally suggest limiting
the lengthy appeals process to
save taxpayers money.
However, several courts have
raised concerns that the appeal
limits would infringe on the
inmates’ constitutional rights.
Tim Butz, executive director of
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infringed on the constitutional
rights of the poor.
He said most people accused
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experienced attorneys whose
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“If you’re poor, your chances
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matically,” he said.
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