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Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP)

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Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP)

Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP)

Program Description

Each year CUSP (Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy) organizes two workshops held at Penn State (Summer CUSP and Fall CUSP). They are directed toward prospective graduate students in philosophy from traditionally underrepresented groups (including African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, and Asian Americans).

During their visit to campus, students will be exposed to the life of philosophy and to the discipline of philosophy by attending classes, speaking with graduate students and faculty, and investigating what it means to pursue a graduate degree in one of the most diverse departments in the country. They will also receive individual mentoring designed to develop the skill sets necessary to excel in philosophy.

All travel, food and residential expenses associated with the workshops are covered, thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To learn more about the structure and requirements of each program, please visit our CUSP website at or email us at


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