JUPS Student Support

 “JUPS students” includes all currently enrolled majors, minors, and those seeking certificates in the program. Non-degree students in JUPS courses and JUPS alumni may also be considered part of this designation, depending on the specific request being made or assistance being sought. In all respects, JUPS students should strive to uphold and further the mission and values of the program. In so doing, JUPS students will receive ongoing, personalized assistance from the JUPS faculty to promote their success in the program. As part of this, the program offers forms of student support including:

Advising and mentorship. JUPS students may draw upon current faculty, staff, and others associated with the program for assistance with advising and mentorship. JUPS core faculty members provide regular advising as to degree planning, course guidance, letters of support, academic consultation, and other professional development opportunities for students. Potential thesis mentors may be approached from within the JUPS faculty and Advisory Board, the wider university faculty, or outside experts. All students writing a JUPS thesis will register in the preceding spring for the JUPS 303 course (Senior Seminar), in which they will receive direct guidance on procedures. The JUPS program is an academic community, and we consider advising and mentorship to be vital.

Workstudy opportunities. Open positions will be posted on a regular basis on the JUPS website; applications should be made via email to the JUPS Directors (Randall Amster and Elham Atashi). Priority will be given to students with a federal workstudy award, although any student is welcome to apply for any JUPS position. JUPS workstudy students have helped to organize program events, develop our curriculum, represent the program at college-wide events, maintain contacts with campus and community partners, assist with our website and social media platforms, and more.

Teaching assistantships. Any JUPS student in good standing may apply for a teaching assistantship, either for a particular course or with a particular faculty member; applications should be made via email to the JUPS Directors (Randall Amster and Elham Atashi). Qualifications for a teaching assistantship include successful prior completion of the course or equivalent, a demonstrated commitment to and expertise in the subject matter of the course, and approval by the faculty member teaching the course. Students TAs will gain invaluable experience in curriculum design, classroom management, academic assessment, modes of evaluation, peer feedback, and pedagogies for justice and peace.

Conference attendance. JUPS students seeking support to attend a JUPS-related conference may submit a proposal (including name of conference/organization, title of student paper or other mode of participation, and a working budget for travel and registration) to the JUPS Directors (Randall Amster and Elham Atashi). Requests for the fall semester are due by September 15, and for the spring semester are due by January 31. After these dates, requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and as annual funds permit. Students attending conferences in which they are delivering a paper or presentation will be given priority consideration. We regularly forward messages to our listserv about upcoming conferences, and we encourage our students to participate in them.

Study abroad, events/speakers, and special projects. JUPS students seeking support to attend a study abroad program, host an event or speaker on campus, or develop a JUPS-themed special project on campus or in the community may submit a proposal (containing all relevant academic and budgetary details) to the Directors (Randall Amster and Elham Atashi). Such requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and as annual funds permit. We strongly support our students’ personal and professional development, as well as the overall development of JUPS as a vibrant academic community.

Internships, graduate studies, and career opportunities. Students seeking internships, other forms of employment, or graduate study options should consult with JUPS faculty members. We maintain an updated list of career resources on our website, and through our program networks we regularly distribute messages and postings on internships, graduate programs, and career opportunities. We also have access to various resources and published guides on Master’s and doctoral programs in the field. We strive to help students realize their goals during their undergraduate studies and beyond.

Awards.  The Program on Justice & Peace awards the McSorley Award annually. Students may also apply for awards through the Center for Social Justice including the 100 Projects for Peace Award and the Andretta Award. (Criteria and procedures for applying can be found on the CSJ website.)

Peer mentorship. JUPS students are encouraged to offer support and assistance to other students in the program, within the boundaries of academic integrity policies. JUPS students may volunteer to attend college fairs and other events highlighting the program, or assist with tabling at community events. JUPS students are seen as co-learners with the faculty, and as program ambassadors at large.

Alumni support. Graduates of the JUPS program are encouraged to remain in regular contact. Alumni accomplishments are often noted on the JUPS website. Alumni may be invited to participate in panels, workshops, classes, events, or other JUPS forums. Support for our students does not end upon graduation! We value your work in the world, and remain available to continue supporting it.