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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.

Application Process

The Department of Philosophy solicits applications from underrepresented students who have shown promise in philosophy and who intend to apply to graduate school in philosophy during 2015 to enter Fall 2016.  The application includes:

  1. a letter of nomination from a faculty member familiar with the student’s philosophical work;
  2. a one page letter of interest from the student; and
  3. an eight to ten page writing sample from the student (note: this writing sample will also be presented by the student at CUSP).

All materials may be sent electronically to Kathryn T. Gines, Ph.D. - Director of CUSP:  To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 15.

Program Dates and Contact Information

Spring 2016 CUSP will take place April 24th-25th, 2016. It will be held at the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

Questions about CUSP may be directed to either:

Leonard Lawlor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Philosophy
240 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-1653

Kathryn Gines
Director of CUSP
Department of Philosophy
242 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-1652