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Making a Difference: Pre-College Summer Program in Engineering

The Mission

The Pre-College Summer Program in Engineering provides a series of five, one-week residential programs designed to introduce middle and high school students to engineering. The program’s mission is to provide early exposure to and preparation for scientific study and research for students who show an interest in engineering studies. Thirty-two students are selected to participate for each session. Hands-on activities spark an interest in the world of engineering, and allow students to explore career opportunities. Throughout the program, participants are challenged to apply what they have learned in engineering competitions. The program has been in operation since 1997, with an annual involvement of approximately 14 faculty members and 160 middle and high school students.

The Partners

Community partners include Eastman Chemical, Alcoa, Boeing and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. University of Tennessee partners include the College of Engineering, Office of Admissions, Student Services, Financial Aid, Multicultural Student Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, University Center, College of Arts & Sciences – Department of Chemistry, Department of Mathematics, Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission networks (CURENT).


UT engineering students serve as program counselors

Impact on UT

Pre-college engineering programs provide a pipeline of potential students from diverse backgrounds to UT and College of Engineering. Upon completion of the high school programs, students are college-ready and already familiar with engineering courses to help them better make career decisions. UT engineering students serve as mentors in the program, allowing them to engage more deeply both in their discipline and with the broader community.

Impact on Community

Early exposure of pre-college students to engineering scholarship and support opportunities leads to higher matriculation rates, more engineering majors, and better retention rates, all of which ultimately contribute to a more diverse and successful workforce.

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Pre-College Programs in Engineering


College of Engineering Office of Diversity Programs, 865-974-0625

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