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Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP)

Program Description

CUSP is an all-expense paid 2-day workshop held at the Pennsylvania State University each April for up to 8 promising prospective graduate students in philosophy from traditionally underrepresented groups (such as, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans).

During their visit to campus, students will present their writing samples and have the opportunity to respond to questions.  Additionally students will be exposed to the life of philosophy in the department and to the discipline of philosophy more broadly by attending workshops and lectures, speaking with graduate students and faculty, and investigating what it means to pursue a graduate degree in philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University.

The Department of Philosophy is grounded in the history of philosophy pursued in an international context, with specialties in Continental and American philosophy.  The program is committed to fostering and promoting genuine dialogue across international borders and philosophical traditions, both established and emerging.


Questions about CUSP may be directed to either:

Robert Bernasconi
Director of CUSP
Department of Philosophy
240F Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-6398