The EPIC Scholars Program develops a diverse network of engineering and computer science leaders who advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the engineering and computer science professions.
The Engineering Positive and Intentional Change (EPIC) Scholars Program is an intentional, small, cohort-based Honors program for engineering and computer science students. This partner program grants both a minor in Engineering Positive and Intentional Change and the University Honors designation at graduation.
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:
The recruitment and admissions process will be holistic and will consider incoming Freshman applicants who plan to pursue an engineering or computer science degree, in accordance with UA’s test-optional processes. A maximum of 2 cohorts of 19 students will be admitted per year.
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.
EPIC Scholars will engage with invited speakers, from within and outside the UA community, with local, national, and global perspectives.
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.
All freshman in the program are strongly encouraged to live in Paty Hall as part of an EPIC Living-Learning Community (LLC). Exceptions to the EPIC LLC housing requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 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.
Since the EPIC Scholars Program is an Honors Partner Program, it is critical that EPIC Scholars hold a 3.5 or higher GPA to maintain their Honors attribute and graduate with the University Honors Designation. In the event that a student’s GPA drops below this threshold, EPIC Scholars can still graduate with the minor if all coursework is successfully passed and completed. 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.
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.