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An Overview of MIT’s Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP)

Abstract: This conference paper is written by Dr.Susann Luperfoy, Executive Director of MIT's UPOP prgram and is part of the ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

MIT’s Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) is a full year, co-curricular program that introduces second-year students to “Firm Skills:” the foundational knowledge, tools and cognitive frameworks they need to effectively apply the “hard” science, math and engineering learning from their core disciplinary studies, to leadership careers that they themselves actively design. Now in its twelfth academic year, UPOP continues to evolve and grow to meet the changing educational needs of burgeoning enrollment, while also responding to the shifting priorities of the employers who hire students as interns and later recruit them as regular employees upon graduation.

Keywords: STEM - Conference Proceedings - Partnering - Critical Thinking

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