Major Awards Advisement Program

The Center’s Major Awards Advisement Program—a collaboration with the Center for Career Development—recruits and advises student candidates for major awards and ensures that candidates get the support they need during the application process. John Lundberg, our Major Awards Advisor, keeps faculty up to date on award opportunities and guides them in identifying strong student candidates. Once students begin the application process, they receive regular assistance from the Advisor, the Center for Writing, the Center for Career Development, and faculty interested in serving in an advisory or consultant role.

View a list of supported award opportunities.

Faculty wishing to recommend a promising student candidate should contact John (contact details below). Please include the following information about the student:

  • Full name
  • School/major
  • Current year of study
  • Brief summary of qualifications
  • Academic background
  • Potential award(s)

What makes a promising candidate? Every award is different and emphasizes different skills and interests in its applicants; however, there are certain qualities that will increase a student’s chances of success across the board. The ideal student applicant can demonstrate:

  • Academic achievement
  • Ambition to pursue further research and/or study
  • Creative and original thinking
  • Strong writing skills
  • Leadership skills, including organization, initiative, and clear communication

Contact Us
For more information about the program or to recommend a student candidate, contact:
John Lundberg
Major Awards Advisor

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.