EPIC Scholars Program

The EPIC Scholars Program will develop a diverse network of engineering and computer science leaders who advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the engineering and computer science professions.

About

The Engineering Positive and Intentional Change (EPIC) Scholars Program is an intentional, small, cohort-based Honors program for engineering and computer science students.

EPIC aims to recruit, engage, retain, and graduate a diverse group of engineering and computer science students with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and to being leaders, advocates, and agents of positive and intentional change in service to their chosen profession, to their community, and to society. The program encapsulates the following elements:

Recruitment and Admissions

The recruitment and admissions process will be holistic with a cohort of approximately 25 students per year.

Common Book

A common book will be integrated into EPIC courses and other programming each year. The common books will be selected by a faculty oversight committee and may be of general interest/application or specific to a focused theme for a given year.

Seminar Series

EPIC Scholars will engage with invited speakers, from within and outside the UA community, with local, national, and global perspectives.

Peer Mentoring

Juniors and seniors in the program will mentor and support freshmen and sophomores, including introducing them to others on campus and connecting them to partners within the broader local and regional communities.

Living-Learning Community

All freshman in the program will be required to live in Paty Hall as part of an EPIC Living-Learning Community (LLC). Some EPIC Scholars will be recruited to serve as live-in leaders, or Resident Advisors, for the EPIC LLC. Paty Hall also has a faculty-in-residence apartment, which may be used by a faculty member engaged in the EPIC Scholars Program.

Retention and Academic Support

Since the EPIC Scholars Program is an Honors Program, it is critical that EPIC Scholars maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA. Paty Hall will not only be the home of the EPIC LLC; it is the home to the College of Engineering Living-Learning Community. Therefore, in addition to unique support programs through the EPIC Program, EPIC Scholars will also have full access to the myriad of support and social programing available through the Engineering LLC.

Community Engagement

A key element in the EPIC Scholars program is strong, focused community engagement and service programs. These programs will connect EPIC Scholars with others from across the UA campus who are actively engaged in the community, including the Student Community Engagement Center and the Center for Service and Leadership.

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Goals

Upon completion of the EPIC Scholars Program, students will demonstrate their ability to:

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Progression and Recognition

The following progression and recognition programs are designed to acknowledge achievement, mark advancement through the program, and engage alumni and others:

EPIC Apprentice

Freshman or sophomore students in the program are mentored by juniors and seniors. Freshmen will be welcomed in the program as EPIC Apprentices each fall. Freshmen and sophomores will be recognized for their accomplishments during Honors Week each spring.

EPIC Scholar

Junior or senior students in the program mentor EPIC Apprentices and are mentored by graduates of the program. Juniors will be recognized as new EPIC Scholars each fall, and juniors will also be recognized for their accomplishments during Honors Week each spring.

EPIC Fellow

Graduates of the program mentor EPIC Scholars and are champions for positive and intentional change. Graduating Seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments and inducted as an EPIC Fellow during Honors Week each spring.

Distinguished EPIC Fellow

Graduates of the program will be recognized advocates and agents of positive and intentional change. New Distinguished EPIC Fellows will be recognized during Honors Week each spring.

Honorary EPIC Fellow– Individuals who do not graduate from the program but are recognized advocates and agents of positive and intentional change are given an honorary status. New Honorary EPIC Fellows will be recognized during Honors Week each spring.

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