CUSP: Computing Undergraduate Scholars Program at Tufts University

National Science Foundation
About the CUSP Program
The CUSP program incorporates talented undergraduate students into computing research at Tufts University with the goal of improving the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of computing students with particular emphasis on women, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college students who have financial need and interest and ability in computing fields. Undergraduate research at Tufts University is explicitly encouraged. CUSP students work in pairs on research projects under the supervision of faculty and graduate students. Each two-person team of CUSP scholars writes a report and presents the research at the Tufts Undergraduate Research Conference, held each spring. In addition to the research and academic advising provided by the faculty, CUSP students attend weekly group meetings with graduate student mentors. The weekly CUSP seminars, a centerpiece of the program, provide CUSP students with an opportunity to meet with each other, present and discuss research, and ask questions and advice in a supportive, casual atmosphere. Each CUSP student is provided with a stipend so that they are relieved of the necessity to work in an unrelated work-study position during the academic year.