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UF CISE Celebrates Black History Month

The University of Florida Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering celebrates Black History Month by spotlighting our achievements in diversity among five key performance indicators.

According to 2015 data from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the UF CISE department ranks No. 1 among computer science departments at public universities in the number of black students enrolled in the Ph.D. program.

The Computing Research Association (CRA) surveyed 266 Ph.D. granting computer science departments for the 2015 Taulbee Survey. The breakdown of data from 178 respondents cited that there were 50 black women enrolled in Ph.D. programs in computer science departments nationwide. Of those 50 women, 16 percent are enrolled at UF CISE.

The department employs five black women faculty. Of the 31 departments with black faculty members (out of a total of 191 departments surveyed in ASEE 2015 data), UF CISE employs twice the national average.

Based on 2016 enrollment data compiled by the department, there are 148 students enrolled in the UF CISE Ph.D. program. Nearly 11 percent of those students are black.

According to departmental data, there are 41 faculty members working in UF CISE. Of those faculty members, 12 percent are black. According to ASEE data, that average is among the highest in the nation.

Several of our black Ph.D. students have been featured in the news. Colors of STEM featured Simone Smarr, Armisha Roberts, and Jasmine Bowers on its blog. Roberts and Bowers were also featured on The Grad Spark’s trailblazers blog, along with Jessica Jones, Imani Sherman and DeKita Moon

For more specific information concerning computer science departments, visit ASEE or view the CRA Taulbee Survey