National Society of Black Engineers National Conference; National Society of Black Engineers Pre-College Initiative; MEP/SHPE Kansas City High School Recruitment Program; MEP Seven Week Summer Enrichment Program for Pre-college Freshmen
Matching Research Agency
Minority Engineering & Science Program/Corporate Grants
|1) National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention -- March, 2005 - Three MEP staff members will participate in the Career and Graduate School fair during the convention. With over 12,000 students attending the event each year it is an excellent opportunity to recruit minority students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The goal is designed to increase the awareness, participation, and excitement surrounding graduate school and the pursuit of higher education. Through the careful integration of planned events, students and professionals can learn about higher education opportunities and resources. Several new activities have been incorporated into the agenda that are designed to promote higher education, increase student participation, and emphasize academic and technical excellence. |
2) UMR/NSBE PCI Weekend -- February 2005 - The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is the largest student-run, non-profit organization in the country. Its objective is to promote the recruitment, retention, and successful graduation of African-Americans in engineering, science and technology. NSBE serves as a vehicle to promote unity through programs that encourage academic excellence, perennial growth, and professional development. One of the objectives of the UMR-NSBE chapter is to encourage high school students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology and to consider UMR as a choice for their college home. The UMR NSBE chapter will host its annual Pre-College Initiative (PCI) weekend. Approximately 60 students are expected to attend each year. Students will participate in a series of workshops, hands-on activities, admissions seminar, and a civil engineering design project.
3) MEP/SHPE Kansas City High School Hispanic Recruitment Program - The Kansas City High School Hispanic Recruitment Program is a collective effort of MEP* & SHPE*, to support and increment the recruitment of Hispanic High School Senior/Junior/Sophomore students with a desire to pursue a B.S. degree in engineering, mathematics, or science at UMR. The K.C. Recruitment Program consists of two main stages:
4) MEP Seven Week Summer Enrichment Program - The objectives of the seven week pre-engineering summer program are:
This program is required of all the Minority Engineering Program scholarship recipients. For seven weeks beginning in June and ending in July each year the MEP scholars take classes in Mathematics (at the appropriately determined level), English and chemistry. While most of the classes are not for credit, the benefits are tremendous. Not only do the students have an academic head start when the fall semester begins, but they also become a team. Rigorous study prepares them for a demanding engineering curriculum, and they experience life in a dorm away from friends and family. Along with academics, scholars learn about career opportunities that await them once they earn their degree. Special seminars are hosted by industry representatives and engineering department chairs that focus on career and educational opportunities for minority students. The proven track record of this program on the UMR campus has sparked a similar program for minority freshman engineering students. Next year we will support 36 students at $4,000 each for a total of $144,000. Our goal is 18 female and 18 male students.
To focus on career development in the areas of technology transfer and engineering will be implemented throughout the activities. To promote diversity and increase the number of minority graduates entering our nations engineering and science workforce. To support the national science and mathematics educational agenda by ensuring that all students are mathematically and scientifically literate so they can play a leadership role in an increasingly technical world. It is UMR's goal to increase the number of minority students. These programs are the beginning of the pipeline that will assist the campus in yielding those numbers.
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