Next Generation Scholars in Applied Mathematics

The Next Gen. SAM project provides outstanding seniors and graduate students from low-income  backgrounds critical resources to earn a Masters degree in Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics. This includes financial support in the form of scholarships, personalized academic mentoring and counseling, peer support, and professional development advice.

Information for prospective SAMs
Why pursue a graduate degree in Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics

Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics are becoming integral components of any state-of-the-art quantitative investigation in biology and medicine, business, finance, engineering, Earth sciences, physics and astrophysics, chemistry, and many other related areas. A graduate degree in Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics opens the doors to a variety of careers (e.g., research, teaching, finance, research and development in the industry, national research labs).

Informational sessions

The next informational sessions for the Next Gen. SAM program will be on Tuesday April 28th (3-4pm),Thursday April 30th (11am-12pm), and Tuesday May 5th (1-2pm). Please sign up for these sessions, which will be held on Zoom. If you cannot attend any of them, please contact pgaraud at ucsc dot edu for more information.

NOTE: The deadline for applications for Fall has been extended to July 3rd, so there is still plenty of time to apply. 

The 4+1 pathway to SciCAM

This pathway enables students currently working towards undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics, to take preparatory courses as juniors and seniors that ideally prepare them for the MS degree in Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics (SciCAM). With this preparation, students can complete their MS in just 1 year. 

The Next Gen. SAMs

The Next Generation Scholars in Applied Mathematics (Next Gen. SAM) program provides outstanding students in the 4+1 pathway to SciCAM with scholarships totalling up to $10,000 per year in their senior year and MS year to help them overcome any financial barrier they may have towards completing their graduate degree. The program also provides professional counseling, mentoring, career placement advice, and many other forms of support to ensure that every SAM thrives at UCSC and beyond. 

Information for current SAMs

During their tenure as Next Gen. Scholars in Applied Mathematics, students will be automatically be members of the MESA Engineering Program (MEP) at the Baskin School of Engineering. The MEP provides a variety of academic and personal support to encourage the academic success of aspiring engineering students many of whom are first in their family to attend college, or from family backgrounds of limited financial resources.