NSF S-STEM Scholarships

Applications Due:  Friday, July 8, 2011

Oberlin College was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program to encourage and expand Oberlin science majors’ knowledge of the powerful tools of computation and modeling.

This program will provide need-based scholarships of up to $10,000 for 2011-12 for Oberlin science majors with a demonstrated interest in computation and modeling. Scholars will become part of a student cohort that will receive mentoring complemented by guest lectures, site visits, and expanded educational opportunities.

One of the requirements for S-STEM scholars will be enrollment each semester in at least one course that emphasizes computation and modeling. OCCaM has assembled a list of courses, in which computation and/or modeling is believed to be a significant component of the syllabus (see below).


The S-STEM Scholars Program is open to students who will enter their junior or senior year in fall 2011. Under the terms of the NSF grant program, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a declared major in one or more of the STEM fields: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, neuroscience, physics/astronomy, or 3-2 engineering. Students must qualify for financial aid on the basis of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as determined by the Oberlin College Office of Financial Aid.

Click here to download the application form

Click here to download the recommendation form

2011 Computation and Modeling Course Listing

*The listing will vary in future years as new courses are introduced, removed or changed and/or as faculty are on sabbatical.*

BIO 208 Population Biology
BIO 218 Evolution
BIO 227 Vascular Plant Systematics
BIO 310 Genetics
BIO 312 Animal Physiology
BIO 315 Behavioral Ecology

CHEM 208 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 339 Quantum Chemistry and Kinetics

CSCI 141 Scientific Computation
CSCI 142 Computational and Agent-Based Modeling
CSCI 190 How to Model It
CSCI 261 Introduction to Game Design
CSCI 280 Introduction to Algorithms
CSCI 290 Studies in Computation and Modeling
CSCI 357 Computer Graphics
CSCI 259 Digital Animation
CSCI 364 Artificial Intelligence
CSCI 390 Seminar in Modeling

ECON 204 Game Theory of Social Sciences
ECON 258 Math Methods for Economic Theory
ECON 351 Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 356 Advanced Microeconomics

ENVS 220 Environmental Analysis in Social Science
ENVS 316 Systems Ecology
ENVS 322 Energy and Society
ENVS 331 Natural Resources Economics
ENVS 340 Systems Modeling

GEOL 242 Groundwater Hydrogeology
GEOL 340 Structural Geology
GEOL 361 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology

MATH 050 Dots, Lines, and Coin Flips
MATH 213 Statistical Modeling
MATH 234 Differential Equations
MATH 331 Optimization
MATH 335 Probability
MATH 336 Mathematical Statistics
MATH 338 Probability Models and Random Processes
MATH 345 Information Theory

NSCI 319 Neurophysiology: Neurons to Networks to

PHYS 151 Introduction to Climate Modeling
PHYS 160 Numerical Methods in the Physical Sciences
PHYS 242 Electronics
PHYS 268 Environmental Physics
PHYS 290 Computational Physics
PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics

POLT 205 Political Research & Analysis

PSYC 200 Research Methods I
PSYC 300 Research Methods II