COE Weekly Update

Announcement 1: Calling All SSS Programs

Is your college a First Forward Institution? COE partner, NASPA’s Center for First-generation Student Success, launched First Forward, the nation’s first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success. The application process for the 2020-21 First Forward cohort is now open! Selected institutions will join an elite community of professionals prepared to share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge, and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the United States. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 18th.

For more details, including virtual meeting dial-in information, please visit


Announcement 2: Registration for COE’s 2020 Policy Seminar Now Open!

COE is thrilled to announce that registration for the 2020 Policy Seminar is now open! This cornerstone event actually consists of four activities:  (1) the National College Opportunity Programs Leadership Summit (“Leadership Summit”) for new and experienced college access and success professionals, which will be on Sunday, March 22; (2) the TRIO Alumni Leadership Forum (“Alumni Forum”), a one-day leadership and networking event designed to re-engage TRIO alumni, which will also take place on Sunday, March 22; (3) the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education (“ED Seminar”), which includes remarks from grant agency officials and programmatic roundtables on Monday, March 23; and (4) a two-day advocacy session (formally known as the “Policy Seminar”) which features remarks by key Members of Congress, panels of legislative experts, and advocacy training by COE on Tuesday, March 24 and visits to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 25.

Download the Policy Seminar Brochure Here!

This year’s Policy Seminar will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill (400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC). Rooming information will be available shortly. In the meantime, to view a preliminary agenda and register for the Leadership Summit, Seminar on Relations on the Department of Education, and Policy Seminar, please visit The early bird deadline for discounted registration is Friday, January 31. To register for the TRIO Alumni Leadership Forum, please visit


 Announcement 3: Communities of Practice Services

All Communities went off-line on November 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time for scheduled maintenance.We are working on getting the system back online as soon as possible and will alert the community once the scheduled maintenance is complete. Thank you for your patience.


Announcement 4: Paid Summer Research Positions for College Students

Undergraduate Students

Paid Summer Research Programs — deadlines are fast approaching! has a searchable database of 650+ summer research programs in all STEM disciplines. These are all FULLY FUNDED opportunities including programs sponsored by NSF, NASA, NIH, etc. We also have a selection of resources to help you strengthen your applications:

If you are considering graduate school, search FULLY FUNDED graduate programs in a variety of disciplines, and view resources on applying:

If you need help finding a program that’s a good fit, please feel free to email me at for assistance. You can also follow us on Facebook for program deadlines and updates.


Graduate Students

Search paid summer research programs for graduate students, travel grants, and fellowships – many deadlines fast approaching!

Also, search our postdoc positions and view tips on applying for postdoc positions, here: Sign up for a webinar today and learn how to provide your teachers and students with the skills they need to boost test scores and increase their confidence.


Announcement 5: Applications now open for the COE 2020 Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program in The Hague, Netherlands

COE, ECHO Expertise Center for Diversity Policy, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences will co-sponsor 20 TRIO students for a three-week study abroad experience as part of the Keith Sherin Global Leaders program. The summer 2020 program will take place June 26–July 18, 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands, and applications are due to COE by February 1, 2020. Students must be current participants in TRIO SSS and McNair programs, and the programs must be institutional members of COE. Applications for the program are available by clicking on this link. Cost of the program is $2,700, and a refundable deposit of $500 is due with the application.For more information, please contact Holly Hexter at (202) 347-7430 or (



Announcement 6: CHCI Leadership Experience for Latino High School Students


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has an all-expenses paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students. Spend a week exploring Washington, D.C., while creating lasting friendships and wonderful memories. Participate in R2L® NextGen and make this a summer to remember! The application deadline is February 18, 2020 and the program dates are June 14-19, 2020 and July 19-24, 2020. Learn more at