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Paul Peck Scholars

What is a Peck Scholar?

Peck Scholars are students that participate in a  specialized critical thinking program designed for an elite group of students that provides them with a competitive edge in the global economy. Students learn that the essence of leadership and innovation lies in the ability to communicate effectively, apply critical thinking and reasoned problem solving to any situation to produce tangible and measurable results. This is achieved through special courses, integration of curriculum, seminars, and specialized co-op opportunities that is directed at developing the next generation of technological leaders.

Program Advantages

  • Option for specialized coop opportunities that highlight leadership development
  • Unique course offerings that cover topics such as:
    • Business fundamental
    • Creativity and Innovation 
    • Mentorship and Leadership
    • Civic Engagement
    • Communication and Writing
    • Social activities with other Peck Scholars and faculty members

By participating, students will develop the ability to:

  • Think critically and solve global problems
  • Develop their own leadership style
  • Engage with fellow leaders
  • Enhance oral and written communication skills

In addition to developing everyday skills, students will also develop an:

  • Understanding of policy and global issues
  • Entrepreneurial, innovative spirit
  • Strong theoretical and contextual frameworks to lead in career paths

How Do I Become a Paul Peck Scholar?

Program applications open each year during the winter term, and interested students must complete an application for consideration. All students enrolled in College of Engineering programs are eligible to apply. Seats are limited, and an interview may be required. (The 2015-16 cohort of Paul Peck Scholars has been chosen at this time, and applications are closed. Please check back in January 2016 for next year’s application.) Peck scholars must complete the following in order to be eligible for special distinction at graduation:

  • Complete Peck Scholars coursework (6 courses in total, including courses in Engineering Management and Mentorship)
  • Serve as a mentor to freshmen Engineering students
  • Participate in Paul Peck Scholars events and projects

Program Coordinators

Alistar Erickson-Ludwig:
Rosie Kelly: