Announcement

CAHSI Student Scholars Leadership Program (SSLP)

A CAHSI Student Scholar (CAHSI Scholar) is a student who exemplifies a spirit of tech exploration, inclusiveness, and community. CAHSI invites undergraduate students as well as graduate students who are pursuing a degree in a computing field and who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in technical knowledge and service to the community to apply for this recognition. The 2019 cohort of CAHSI Scholars will be announced at the HENAAC Conference in Florida in September 2019. Interested applicants should first read all content regarding this program. There is a two-step process for the 2019 selection round:

  1. Round I Local Competition: Interested students should contact the CAHSI Scholar Program representative at their institution to submit an application for the local competition. Find you representative here
  2. Round II National Competition: Each CAHSI institution reviews the local submissions and selects the top two (2) applications to move forward to the national competition by June 17th.  If selected, the same application submitted for the local competition will also be submitted to the national competition.

This round of applications is open to students from these institutions:

California State University Dominguez HillsUniversity of California MercedCalifornia State University Stanislaus, Kean University,  New Mexico State UniversityNortheastern Illinois UniversityTexas A&M University Corpus Christi University of Houston Downtown, University of Puerto Rico Arecibo, University of Puerto Rico BayamónUniversity of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, and the University of Texas at El Paso. The 2020 round of applications will be open to students from two-year CAHSI institutions as well. 

In order to be considered as a CAHSI Scholar, one should demonstrate excellence in four core areas: professional development, scholarly achievements, community outreach, and co-curricular or extracurricular activities. Past accomplishments and future plans/strategies for progress in these areas should complement CAHSI’s stated goals and vision. Students that are selected as CAHSI Scholars agree to amplify the efforts of CAHSI in two or more of the following ways as long as they remain an undergraduate or graduate student:

  1. Write a reflection piece (e.g., blog, wiki, student newsletter article) at least once per academic year about featured experience(s) and/or ideas that would provide an interesting perspective to other CAHSI students, advisors, or supporters. For example, a possible blog topic is, What you would do to improve the enrollment, persistence, graduation, and/or career fulfillment of Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities in computing?
  2. Participate in CAHSI leadership team sessions during the annual HENAAC Conference.
  3. Assist in supporting CAHSI-sponsored workshops or efforts at your institution. This could include serving as a student ambassador at meetings and venues to encourage student involvement in CAHSI.

Complete applications include submission of the following:

  1. Basic Identification Form (online form)
  2. Current Resume
  3. Responses to essay questions (not to exceed 1750 words in total)

A panel of reviewers representatives of industry, nonprofit, and educational institutions will select the 2019 CAHSI Scholars. Individuals who are selected as a CAHSI Student Scholar and who show exceptional achievement in leadership, community service, and/or innovation will be considered for a monetary award.

About SSLP

About the Student Scholars Leadership Program

A CAHSI Scholar advocates for the Alliance and excels in these areas:

  1. Continuous professional and academic development as evidenced by a range of 21st century skills[1] and content knowledge.
  2. Community engagement that is centered on promotion of diversity and inclusiveness with respect to culture, diverse perspectives, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, and sexual orientation.
  3. Social impact that bridges social needs or problems with tech-based or tech-inspired solutions.

Purpose of the CAHSI Scholar Designation:

  1. Position students to respond to the challenges and opportunities in the tech world in an informed and purposeful way so that they are better prepared as the next generation of leaders in computing.
  2. Recognize students who have made significant contributions to their community whether that be their school community, neighborhood community, online community, or other conceived community.
  3. Promote the breadth of talent at CAHSI institutions.

Application Summary

Core Areas of Application

  1. Professional Development: 
    This can include participation in CAHSI-led workshops or other workshops offered via conferences, industry, or associations (e.g., ARG, Writing, How to Sell Yourself and Your Ideas).
  2. Scholarly Achievements: 
    These achievements may extend beyond GPA and merit-based awards (e.g., competitions, certifications, recognitions). Individuals should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Individuals who have an overall GPA below this mark and wish to be considered as a CAHSI Scholar should  articulate the challenges they have faced academically and their respective areas of growth in their essay response.
  3. Community Outreach: 
    This may include engagement with K-12, study groups, tutoring, and/or mentoring.
  4. Co-curricular or extracurricular activities: 
    This may be evidenced but not limited to undergraduate research, internships/externships, and other related efforts. Possible emphasis on specialties.

[1]The term “21st century skills” is refer to a range of abilities and competencies that go beyond what has traditionally been taught in the classroom, including problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation. CAHSI includes systems thinking in this array of skills.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/barbarakurshan/2017/07/18/teaching-21st-century-skills-for-21st-century-success-requires-an-ecosystem-approach/#4bb7e9223fe6

Eligibility

Eligibility

An undergraduate or graduate student seeking a CAHSI Scholar designation should assemble an application that describes achievement in the aforementioned four core areas. Generally speaking, students should be engaged with CAHSI for at least two years before submitting a portfolio for consideration.

For the 2019 cohort, applications will be considered from undergraduate or graduate students attending one of the founding CAHSI institutions:

California State University Dominguez HillsUniversity of California MercedCalifornia State University Stanislaus,  Kean University,  New Mexico State UniversityNortheastern Illinois UniversityTexas A&M University Corpus Christi University of Houston Downtown, University of Puerto Rico Arecibo, University of Puerto Rico BayamónUniversity of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, and the University of Texas at El Paso. The 2020 round of applications will be open to students from two-year CAHSI institutions as well. 

Selection Process

Submission and Selection Process

Application Components

  1. Basic Identification Form:  This is an online form that can be accessed under the “Submit Application” tab.  This form also enables you to upload your resume and essay responses.    
  2. Resume:  Include any merit-based awards, competitions entered, certifications obtained, and/or recognitions that you have received during your college/graduate career.  Provide hyperlinks to descriptions of these commendations where available.  Avoid using acronyms. If you have obtained any certifications or credentials outside your academic program, briefly describe those.  Briefly list and describe internships completed, jobs held, posters presented, competitions entered, workshops attended, and any other experience that has challenged you to grow as a computing scholar.
  3. Responses to Essays:  We are interested in hearing about your completed efforts and future plans.  Please respond to the following questions as best you can. Include these section headings in your essay response:  Past Efforts, Future Efforts, and Reflection.

Past Efforts:
What have you done to better yourself, to support others, and to advance the community?

  1. Engagement with CAHSI. Select one or two CAHSI-sponsored opportunities or practices that you have been engaged in that has positively impacted your development as a learner or leader. Identify the opportunity/practice and briefly describe your engagement. How did engagement in this opportunity or practice impact you?
  2. Community Outreach. Describe meaningful direct service to your community that you have undertaken during your college/graduate career. State whether service work was independent or sponsored by another entity, your motivation for entering service work, names of organization/community being served, length of service, frequency of service, and outcomes/outputs of service.
  3. Co-curricular or extracurricular activities. List and briefly explain the activities outside of required coursework for your degree plan that you have been involved with during your college/graduate career. Include leadership positions, where applicable.

Future Efforts:
What plans or strategies do you have to positively impact the recruitment, retainment, and advancement of Hispanics in computing?

  1. What action have you taken to move these strategies or plans forward?
  2. Who or what motivates you to move these strategies or plans forward?

Reflection:
Who are you?

  1. What have you learned about yourself since being engaged with CAHSI?
  2. What would you do differently to improve opportunities or practices geared towards student success that you have participated in, or observed?
  3. What kind of culture have you created or do you hope to create in your learning and/or work environment? Consider efforts that span from little to sizable financial investment as well as efforts that require brief time commitments to longer term time investment.
  4. What have you learned about yourself since being engaged with CAHSI?
  5. What would you do differently to improve opportunities or practices geared towards student success that you have participated in, or observed?
  6. What kind of culture have you created or do you hope to create in your learning and/or work environment? Consider efforts that span from little to sizable financial investment as well as efforts that require brief time commitments to longer term time investment.

Submission Directions

  1. Contact your CAHSI Scholar Program representative and verify the selection process and deadline for your institution. Your representative will manage the local competition selection process. The CAHSI Scholar Program representative will provide further instruction if you are one of two (2) applicants selected from your institution to move to the national competition. If you are selected as a finalist from your institution, your representative will provide you with a link and password to submit your application online to the national competition. Note that any incomplete application or application that does not follow the formatting requirements below will not be considered.
  2. Applications will be scored by criteria listed in Appendix A.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email when your submission has been received.

Formatting Requirements

  1. Use Arial 11-point font for your resume and essay responses.
  2. Margins of your essay response document should be 1-inch.
  3. Use your initials in place of your name in your resume. Do not include your name in your essay responses.
  4. Save your document as a PDF using the following naming convention:
    <Intitials of your full name>_Essay
    <Initials of your full name>_Resume
    For example, the naming convention for the documents associated with Esmeralda Olivas Sanchez would be:
    EOS_Essay
    EOS_Resume

Selection Process

  1. Applications will be evaluated by a review panel.
  2. Individuals who are selected as a CAHSI Student Scholar will be announced and pinned at the 2019 HENAAC Conference in Florida.
  3. If selected as a CAHSI Scholar, excerpts from your application may be used in promotional material by CAHSI, unless the applicant indicates sensitive information in the application that should not be disseminated.
Questions/Updates

Questions and Answers

Q: Is it acceptable to ask someone to review my essays and resume before I submit my application?
A: You are encouraged to have a second pair of eyes edit your submission but not revise your work.  For an explanation of the difference between the two, see the Purdue University online writing lab here.  Your university likely also operates a writing lab and your mentor may also serve as a resource to you.  You are expected to present work that is your own.  If you are selected to be a CAHSI Student Scholar, you will be required to write other reflection pieces for publication.

Q:  Where do I submit questions about this program?
A:  Questions about the CAHSI Scholars Leadership Program should be directed to cahsischolars@gmail.com.

Q:  Is this program only open to CS or CE majors?
A: Yes.  An exception may be granted by submitting a letter of explanation from your mentor to cahsialliance@gmail.com.

Submit Application

Student Scholars Leadership Program Application Links

The window for application submissions is now closed.

 

Local CAHSI SSLP Representatives:

California State University Dominguez Hills, Stephanie Monne, smonne@csudh.edu  CSUDH Deadline: June 10th

University of California Merced, Sara Mendoza, smendoza25@ucmerced.edu

California State University Stanislaus, Stephanie Monne, smonne@csudh.edu  CSU Stanislaus Deadline: June 10th

Kean University, Nancy Amador, namador@kean.edu

New Mexico State University, Raena Cota, raenac@nmsu.edu  NMSU Deadline: June 12th

Northeastern Illinois University, Dr. Graciela Perrera,  gperera@neiu.edu

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Gracie Gibbon, gracie.gibbon@tamucc.edu  TAMUCC Deadline: June 10th

University of Houston Downtown, Dr. Dvijesh Shastri, shastrid@uhd.edu  UHD Deadline: June 10th

University of Puerto Rico Bayamón, Cristina Canals Silander, cristina.canals@upr.edu   UPRB Deadline: June 10th

University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, Cristina Canals Silander, cristina.canals@upr.edu   UPRM Deadline: June 10th

University of Puerto Rico Arecibo, Dr. Eliana Valenzuela, eliana.valenzuela@upr.edu

University of Texas at El Paso, Andrea Tirres, altirres2@utep.edu   UTEP Deadline: June 10th