Chevron's University Partnership Program (UPP) works with college and university partners around the world to help attract and develop the talented students and teachers necessary to ensure a technically proficient global workforce. UPP provides multifaceted support including scholarships, grants, funding for faculty positions, department gifts and laboratory upgrades. We consider these educational partnerships to be strategic investments in the economic development of local communities and the future of the energy business.
UPP is active in key areas of Chevron operations, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. A portion of the program focuses on bringing together schools around the globe to strengthen faculty, curriculum and student development. Efforts also are under way to explore partnerships with universities in several other countries where Chevron operates.
In the United States, UPP partners with several major universities, including the Colorado School of Mines; Louisiana State University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University; Texas A&M University; University of California, Davis; and the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to these schools, UPP provides support to more than 75 other universities to develop talent in disciplines such as engineering, earth science, finance, information technology and environmental science.
To encourage minority participation in these areas of study and foster diversity, Chevron partners with historically black colleges and universities such as Tuskegee University, North Carolina A&T and Clark Atlanta University. We also sponsor other university-based programs designed to attract and retain minority or low-income students, including:
- The Summer Bridge Program at Mississippi State University, a five-week transition program designed to help incoming minority freshman engineering students adjust to college life and prepare for their area of study. The Summer Bridge program, now in its third year, has been successful in helping students stick with engineering. Student retention is nearly 10 percent higher among Bridge students than it is for the general student population.
- The GoldShirt Program at University of Colorado, which offers a year of extra study after high school for motivated but unprepared students who want to pursue an engineering degree. After the GoldShirt year, participants follow the four-year curriculum in the engineering major of their choice while continuing to take part in the GoldShirt program.
- The Leadership in Engineering Advancement Diversity and Retention (LEADR) Program at University of California, Davis, which focuses on attracting and retaining engineering students from diverse backgrounds, particularly at-risk students. The program includes a dedicated student center, academic advisors, leadership and professional development, and engagement with diversity clubs.
Through UPP, Chevron partners with many professional associations at the campus and national level. Chevron is a board member of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. We also partner with the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, among others. Our involvement provides national and local chapter sponsorship, scholarships and recruitment into our workforce.
Updated: April 2013