During summer 2017, under the support from the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics and the School of Sciences (then School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences), computer science faculty advisors (Dr. Sen Zhang and Dr. Don Allison) and students (Nick Weier and others) worked together to file an application for starting a local UPE chapter, which was subsequently approved. During fall 2017 and spring 2018, two induction ceremonies were held to induct 19 lifelong members (including faculty, current students and alumni) to the Oneonta chapter.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) is an international honor society for the computing and information disciplines founded in 1967 to recognize scholarship and professionalism.
In order to be inducted into the local UPE chapter, undergraduate students must meet a set of minimum requirements including a certain number of credit hours of computing science courses and a minimum overall GPA and GPA within the major. Benefits for being UPE members are 1) First year UPE student members get ACM student membership for free 2) UPE student members can apply for several scholarships, and 3) UPE student members can participate in UPE joint-sponsored academic events, among other activities.
To find out more about the mission and activities of the society, visit the International UPE website.