PREFACE Summer Program - 2017
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 serious high school students from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields.
In 2016, Rensselaer accepted 24 students to participate from over 500 applicants from across the nation. They were exceptional young men and women from 14 states including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas, and Puerto Rico.
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.