PREFACE Summer Program - 2014
The Rensselaer PREFACE Program is a two-week residential summer experience for talented high school sophomores and juniors, who will enter 11th or 12th grade in the fall of the coming year and who have expressed a strong, early interest in pursuing a career in the engineering and technological professions. It is for high school students from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields.
In 2013, Rensselaer accepted 26 students to participate in the two, two-week sessions in July, from over 300 applicants from around the nation. They are exceptional young men and women from 13 states including Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington state.
Participation in the PREFACE Summer Program provides the student participants with extraordinary opportunities:
PREFACE provides experiences using an engineering process approach to resolve a problem (e.g., design, troubleshoot, innovate, model, revise, and assess outcomes);
Activities, classes and workshops create opportunities to develop leadership and team-building skills;
Students explore career opportunities available in the engineering professions as a means to develop a deeper understanding of the role and expectations of an engineering education;
The PREFACE Program presents a snapshot of college life and its academic, social, cultural, service learning and environmental experiences.