EFC Computer Science: Current Students

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The Excellence Fellowship in Computing (EFC) COF program, which is aligned with The Ohio State University institutional goals, is to provide support for students at the forefront of advances in computer science, computer engineering, and information science. Our primary goal is to recruit academically talented students into The Ohio State University degree programs of Computer Science and Engineering (ESE) and Computer and Information Science (CIS) while simultaneously increasing the participation rate of women, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college students in these programs. The availability of high-tech talent is increasingly critical to many sectors of the Ohio economy, including finance, defense, health care, manufacturing, logistics, and transportation. Building on a long-standing partnership between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences, our EFC scholarship program will promote growth, student success, economic access, and diversity to computer science majors.

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Scholars must remain in one of the following STEMM approved majors by COF. 

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Incoming freshmen and current COF scholars must be involved in the following activities during the semester. 

  • Must participate in an outreach event, student group or community building activity related to or promoting computing in Ohio and produce a short report describing your engagement in the organization/activity. 
  • Complete necessary COF paperwork (e.g., virtual forms, surveys, etc.).
  • Attend to welcome orientation at the beginning of each semester to discuss in detail scholarship commitment, rules and guidelines, among other topics. 
  • Attend to tutoring and mentoring sessions.
  • Attend to career development sessions hosted by Career Services.
  • Attend and participate in Co-op, Internship, and Research (CIR) sessions hosted by OHSE. 
  • Participate in outreach programs within the OHSE.
  • Freshmen scholars are expected to join an outreach program and collaborate with university faculty, staff or fellow COF scholars. 
  • Sophomore, junior, and senior scholars are expected to focus on career development and interview for at least 5 CIR opportunities. 
  • Attend to the Annual COF Scholar Showcase (Spring semester only). 
  • Enrollment and Participation in the EFC-COF seminar. 
  • Participate in an outreach event, student group or community building activity related to or promoting computing in Ohio and produce a short report describing your engagement in the organization/activity. Some examples are
    • HackOhio (OSU’s hackathon).
    • OHI/O (umbrella organization for HackOhio).
    • Engineers for Community Service.
    • K-12 Academic Outreach.
    • STEM volunteers at COSI.
    • Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing.
    • National Society of Black Engineers.
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. 
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The OHSE supports COF scholars to build a strong sense of community through activities such as mentoring, tutoring, outreach, and help them strengthen their connection with faculty, staff, and other students during their undergraduate career. COF scholars are expected to create an account with Career Services (Handshake) by the end of their first semester and attend Career Services events hosted by The Ohio State University. In addition, COF scholars must participate in an outreach event, student group or community building activity related to or promoting computing in Ohio and produce a short report describing your engagement in the organization/activity. 

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There are five steps for renewing the INSW-COF scholarship: 

  • GPA review. 
    • Must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher.  
  • Must participate in an outreach event, student group or community building activity related to or promoting computing in Ohio, and produce a short report describing your engagement in the organization/activity. 
  • ScholarshipUniverse.
    • Complete the OSU Scholarship Application.
    • Complete the College of Engineering General Scholarship Application (if applicable). 
  • Complete the End of the Year survey. 
    • Activity and program review. 
  • Complete the Statement of Intent form. 
    • Acknowledge and accept scholar expectation for the academic year.