Why Should You Choose PIKSI Rock?

Located in what is known as Happy Valley, PA, PIKSI Rock helps under-represented students see that they have a place in philosophy.

A Lifetime of Learning and Mentorship

At PIKSI Rock you’ll feel welcome.  This Institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy. PIKSI will emphasize the on-going project of greater inclusiveness that is transforming the discipline, inviting students to be participants in the conversation. If you know promising undergraduate women or men from underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQA persons, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities, please call this program to their attention. In addition, please consider serving as their “sponsor.” Faculty sponsors mentor students, helping them to prepare their applications, and, when possible and appropriate, work with the students after the Summer Institute to help further the gains the students have made.

Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars

All PIKSI alumni of PIKSI Rock will receive the title of “Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholar.” Iris Marion Young was a professor of political science at the University of Chicago who contributed much to philosophy, specifically in feminist social theory, ethics, and race. During your time at PIKSI Rock you will learn about her work and discuss the importance of this work.


At PIKSI Rock you’ll meet philosophers, graduate students, faculty, and fellow students. The connections you make will last a lifetime and help you navigate graduate school.


PISKI Rock will take place at the Rock Ethics Institute on the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University. Your stay in Happy Valley will last 10 days for undergraduate students and 12 days for graduate students. But remember, even though you’re only here for a short time, the connections and friendships you make will last a lifetime.

Transportation, Room, & Board

We want you to focus on your studies, build lifelong relationships, and see that there is a place for you in Philosophy. Transportation to and from the Institute, room and board, and a small stipend will be provided for participants. While we expect that most students will come from four-year colleges, promising students from two-year institutions are also welcome.

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