Education & Technology Transfer Activities: 2003

2004 Summer Transportation Institute




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Matching Research Agency

South Carolina University and University of Missouri-Rolla

Principal Investigator

Lonnajean Yoest
Program Manager
Missouri Local Transportation Resource Center
University of Missouri-Rolla
210 Butler Carlton
Rolla, Mo 65409
p(573) 341-7200
f(573) 341-7245

Student Involvement

2-4 undergraduate students acting as counselors and participating in course development

Project Objective

The purpose of the STI is to provide an educational experience for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students which explores all aspects of the transportation industry and its role in our society.

Project Abstract

Civil Engineering at UMR has hosted a USDOT Summer Transportation Institute (STI) for the past several years. The program has been very successful and will again be offered in summer 2004.

The STI is a 4-week intensive learning experience held during the summer for high school students. It is targeted primarily toward minorities but not limited to them. The following are goals of the STI:

  1. To expose secondary school students to and allow them to participate in a series of academic and practical experiences designed to motivate them toward professions in the transportation industry, and
  2. To provide secondary school students with mathematics, science, and technological enrichment to enable them to pursue a career in the transportation industry.

The overarching goal is to increase the number of youths entering the transportation profession and aid the university in its recruiting efforts. The students (11th and 12th graders) are subjected to a healthy dose of campus life. As a regular part of the institute, the curriculum will include a course for college credit.


Anticipated Benefits

The STI will not only expose minority high school students to career options in the field of transportation, but on a more basic level to the college experience itself.

Modal Orientation

Student recruitment


Project Start Date:07/01/2003
Project End Date:06/30/2005

Relationship to other Research/Projects

As a part of the program, participants will be exposed to current transportation research projects at UMR.

Technology Transfer Activities

Students will participate in a series of academic, hands-on, and practical experiences designed to motivate them toward professions in the transportation industry.

Transportation Research Board Keywords

Education, transportation institute, minority program.