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Computer Science receives $400K from National Science Foundation


The Department of Computer Science at Southern University was recently awarded a  grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $400,000 to harness the role of computation and data education (SU-CoDE) at Southern University. SU-CoDE’s goal is to prepare diverse professionals who can confront the challenges in computational and data-enabled science to be able to effectively analyze big data problems and make decisions based on their findings in data-driven world.


“SU-CoDE aims to improve a shortage of professionals with analytical skills for big data problems in the United States,” said Yaser M. Banadaki, assistant professor of computer science. “Computing and data science make up the largest occupation groups in STEM and these skills will display the largest 10-year growth of any sector in Louisiana. As such, acquiring computing skills is essential for innovation and competitiveness of our underserved students, placing them on a trajectory for high-potential employment and successful STEM career pathways.”

Students will be able to use computational tools to analyze big data problems and make decisions based on their findings in computationally driven world. The SU-CoDE Program will implement a new educational pathway for CS and non-CS students to:

  • Receive an Undergraduate Certificate in Computational Data Engineering and Science (SU-CoDES)
  • Participate in new computational and data science courses
  • Present their research projects in annual SU-CoDE symposia and reginal conferences
  • Access to computing and programming helpdesk
  • Secure financial support to complete capstone projects related to computing and data science
  • Join the SU-Women-CoDE initiatives and stay connected with related professional societies


All students enrolled in STEM programs at the Southern University Baton Rouge campus are welcome to apply and join the SU-CoDE program. Students will be selected and supported under the SU-CoDE program to work on domain-specific problems while receiving advices from the faculty in computer science and your major. Students who plan to complete their capstone projects using data science skills are welcome to participate in the SU-CoDE and apply for research stipends by completing the application form and send it to Yaser Banadaki at