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  • 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);PREFACE- 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.PURPOSEParticipation in the PREFACE Summer Program will:• Provide experience using an engineering process approach to resolve a problem (e.g., design, troubleshoot, innovate, model, revise, and assess outcomes)• Create opportunities to develop leadership and team-building skills• Explore career opportunities available to the engineering professions as a means to develop a deeper understanding of the role and expectations of an engineering education• Present a snapshot of college life, and its academic, social, cultural, civic, and environmental experiences.CURRICULUM FEATURESCore Disciplines—Introduction to Manufacturing Processes, Introduction to Electronics, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Computing with Solid WorksEngineering Disciplines—Biomedical, Mechanical, Aeronautical, Electrical, Computer and Systems, Civil and Environmental, Power Systems, Nuclear, Materials, Industrial, and ChemicalLeadership Development—Archer Center for Student Leadership —team building and engineering design projectsCareer Development—Center for Career & Professional DevelopmentCivic Engagement—Explore the region, volunteer, and give back to the community

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  • Application Process:

    The completed PREFACE application [Part I (applicant information), II (essay), and III (scholastic information)], the student’s high school transcript, a letter of recommendation from the student’s math or science teacher, and a letter of recommendation from the student’s guidance counselor must be received at Rensselaer no later than March 24, 2017 for consideration for the 2017 PREFACE Program. The application may be mailed in its entirety, or in separate pieces if each is clearly identified with the applicant’s name.

  • Eligibility:

    entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall U.S. citizens and permanent residents from underrepresented backgrounds