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Academic Support (CUES)

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Diversity Programs in Engineering

146 Olin Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
607.255.6403 |

An intervention to increase the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented minority (URM) and first generation college (FGC) students to levels equal to the overall engineering student body. CUES implements three research proven interventions, starting from students’ first year and continuing through their senior year. Interventions include:  

  • Enhanced Tutoring - To enhance affiliation and graduation rates, CUES provides URM and FGC students with access to tutors for the gateway courses to engineering majors and for major level courses.
  • Engineering Summer Math Institute (ESMI) - an 8-week summer program during which rising sophomores and juniors enroll in a summer math course and participate in a research project or conduct research with faculty in their intended major. (Math Course + Collaborative Learning Groups + Research Experience)
  • Spatial Visualization Skill Development – ESSP/Engineering’s Pre-Freshmen Summer Program students participate in a 2-credit course entitled Spatial Visualization and Thinking for Engineers.
CUES is supported by the NSF under Grant No. 1317501.