Apply now: Cultivating Under-represented Students in Philosophy

We invite applications for the 2013 Cultivating Under-Represented Students in Philosophy (CUSP) Program in the Department of Philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University. CUSP is an all-expense! paid two-day workshop (April 14-15, 2013) held at the Penn State University Park campus for up to eight promising students from traditionally under-represented groups (such as African-Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans) who intend to apply to graduate programs in philosophy during 2013-2014 to enter fall 2014.

CUSP participants will have the opportunity to present a sample of their research, visit graduate classes, and interact with faculty and current graduate students in the doctorate program.

Application Process: 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:ktg3 AT

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key

A Summer Institute for Undergraduates
August 3–August 13, 2013

Philosophy: Experience, Reflection, Transformation

Ellen K. Feder, Director
Associate Professor of Philosophy, American University

Guest Faculty:

  • Linda Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, CUNY
  • Brad Elliott Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy; Chair, African American Studies, Loyola Marymount University
  • Mariana Ortega, Professor, Department of Philosophy, John Carroll University

Along with works in feminist, critical race, disability, and queer theory, students will read historical and contemporary philosophical texts that explore recurring human concerns and investigate the ways in which experience informs philosophical reflection. In addition, writing assignments, visiting lecturers, and mentoring will help students learn that their own perspectives matter to philosophy.

Participants will be named Iris Marion Young Diversity Fellow and one international student will be designated the Golightly Fellow.

Undergraduate women or men from underrepresented groups including racial, ethnic and sexual minorities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply. All students will receive a stipend, free transportation, and lodging.

APPLICATIONS DUE: April 15, 2013

For more details see the webpage.

Co-Sponsors: APA and FEAST and Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute, College of The Liberal Arts, and Department of Philosophy Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars Fund.
2012 Institutional Co-Sponsors: Stony Brook University and Michigan State University and University of Washington and Ann Arbor Philosophers’ PIKSI Funding Initiative.

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