The Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities (CUPO)
The CUPO office is the shared home to the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair), the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program, and the Academic Success Program to Improve Retention and Education (ASPIRE). The creation of this office brings together four long-standing federal and state Department of Education and National Science Foundation programs in one location, providing ease in access to services for students.
The CUPO office provides academic enrichment, graduate school preparation, career and professional development, research opportunities, and social and cultural experiences for eligible students.
- Academic Support: academic advisement, private tutoring, academic success workshops, book grants, laptop loan
- Enriching Activities: conferences, cultural and social activities
- Career Development: resume writing, professional skill workshops, speakers, industry visits, FE exam funding, job shadowing and internship/co-op guidance
- Graduate School Preparedness: faculty mentors, speakers (PhDs), research opportunities, conferences to present research, GRE prep, GRE exam support, graduate application assistance, funding to visit graduate schools and workshops
- Increases the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in STEM or licensed professions
- Underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic, Native American or income eligibility set up by NYS Department of Education for all NYS Opportunity Programs)
- STEM majors or intended career in licensed profession
- NYS resident
- NYS Department of Education and Clarkson University
- Increases the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students entering graduate school and obtaining their PhD
- Underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic, Native American) or first-generation college students from a low-income background
- U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
- 2.8 GPA or higher
- Sophomore or junior undergraduate in science or engineering discipline
- Strong interest in pursuing a doctoral degree
- A federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Clarkson University
- Increases the number of students completing STEM baccalaureate degree programs
- Increases the number of students matriculating into graduate programs
- African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander
- STEM majors
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- The consortium is comprised of seven institutions: Syracuse University (the lead institution) and Clarkson University, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Monroe and Onondaga Community College.
The purpose of ASPIRE:
- Provide four-year scholarships to academically talented, financially needy underrepresented students in STEM majors.
- Increase the number of students graduating, attending graduate school and/or obtaining employment in the STEM fields.
- Women and underrepresented minority students in STEM Majors
- Selected by ASPIRE committee in spring/summer prior to first year
- Funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Clarkson University
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