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We are the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Syracuse University (SUCSSA)! Welcome to join us!

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Welcome to the website of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), at Syracuse University. We are a non-profit student organization officially registered at Syracuse University. Our members include more than 1300 Chinese students and scholars studying and working at Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF and SUNY-UMU. Besides, we also welcome students from other countries and regions and their family and friends to join as well.

An executive presidium of five people is elected every year on the basis of volunteering. Our primary goals are to help Chinese newcomers to settle down and adapt into the new life in the U.S., to organize a variety of cultural activities for all the members in the SU community, and to provide a communication platform for our members to stay closer with each other.

Any activities that we organize, such as newcomers BBQ, Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Gala, Chinese Spring Festival Gala, singing Contest, and academic lecture series, will not succeed without your active participation. We also welcome your novel ideas about activities that you are interested in.

Please join us, and feel free to contact with our members with any questions or comments!



Administrator Use Only

Matt Shaler

Meeting Day

By appointment

Meeting Time

By appointment

Meeting Location

By appointment


Chenyu Wang


Lin Peng

Full-time SU/ESF Professional Faculty/Staff Advisor Name

Ying Lin

Advisor School Title

Adjunct Professor of Computer Science

Member/Selection Process

Please describe the process students should take to join your organization.

For All Members:
All Chinese students and scholars are members of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Syracuse University. There is no additional requirements to join. They can share benefits and services that we provide.

For General Members of the Executive Board:
Current members who wish to voluntarily make contribution to the organization, can send an email to, indicating their name, contact information, degree/majors, ability, past experiences and interests areas. Then, they will be assigned to different departments to operate day-to-day business within the organization.

For Head of Departments:
The head of departments or the chair of different departments bear heavy responsibility for organizing events and activities. Thus, it requires sophisticate skills and abilities. To be the head of different departments, potential candidates also need to send a letter of interests with their name, contact information, degree/majors, past experiences, skills and abilities, qualifications and passion to After careful evaluation, the five members in the presidium will appoint the best candidate to the position of appropriate department on the basis of qualifications with a majority vote.

For Presidium:
1. Nomination: (in March)
Students email a letter of interests to the email given,, with their name, contact information, degree/majors, qualification and passion about the position and so forth.

2. Vote:(in April)
All potential candidates will give a 3-5 minutes speech to the public, indicating their past contribution to the organization, qualification for the position, future vision of leading the organization and so forth.

After all the speeches, each present members will vote for three candidates for executive presidium. Five candidates with the highest votes will become the newly elected executive presidium.

An executive presidium consists of one president and four vice presidents who will manage different departments on the basis of their expertise. The president is publicly proposed by the ex-president as the ex-president will know who is the best candidate for the position of president, based on his past contributions, leadership, executive ability and so forth. The ex-presidium then will decide whether the new proposed-president is qualified or not, after careful evaluation and questionings, with a majority vote.