Greetings,

My question is in regards to the NR slot in the NUPOC process and school tiers. First, I will provide some background so there is some context. I am a graduate student who is working on a MS in Mechanical Engineering, and I currently hold a BS in Mathematics and BS in Finance. According to NR my undergraduate institution is a tier 4 school, but my graduate school is tier 1 or tier 2. Since my undergraduate degree is from a tier 4 school, I can't go on the EVIP trip, but I can still apply for NR engineer.

How important is the trip for applicant selection as a NR engineer?

Now, here is where I am very perplexed by the fact I can't go on the trip. Undergraduate students who are Juniors and Seniors are allowed to apply for NUPOC. If they go to a tier 1 or 2 school, they can go on the EVIP trip. These students don't have a degree but just attend a school. I have a degree and I am attending a school a tier 1 or 2 school as a graduate student, but I can't go on the trip though. This is practically the same scenario, but I am at a more advanced level. How does this make sense?

If the logic of why I can't go is because my undergraduate school wasn't "good" in their eyes, then how am I able to earn a 3.6+ GPA at the institution I am at now, considering my original education was sub par? Additionally, I have a math degree with no undergraduate engineering background, and I have completed all my MS ME course work with said GPA. I am only at the thesis phase now. Again, how did I get so far if I am not that good?

One more caveat, I started my graduate career as a PhD student in Math until it became apparent applied math means pure math with a sprinkle of applied on the side. That is why I switched to a MS in ME. All I need is 3 classes to get a MS in Applied Math and 2 classes (which are part of 3) to take my qualifiers to advance to PhD. That is, I have a pretty solid math background especially in ODEs and PDEs both linear and nonlinear and Fourier Series.

Why am I being told I am not good enough to go on an EVIP trip when a junior or senior without a degree is?

PS

Undergrad GPA = 3.65

Undergrad math GPA = 3.77

Grad math GPA = 3.76

Grad ME GPA = 3.63

Grad GPA = 3.6 but will be 3.7 upon graduation