The Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at Virginia
Tech's College of Engineering is seeking to increase the numbers of students
from under-represented groups who pursue and earn engineering degrees.
Please help us get the word out to your students about some of the
pre-college engineering programs for middle to high school students offered
at Virginia Tech.
I have highlighted the deadlines for these opportunities. Many of the
programs require additional documentation, such as teacher recommendations
and grade transcripts, so now is the time to get started! The BLAST deadline
in particular is very early - February 6th.
School Year Events:
<https://www.eng.vt.edu/rise> RISE (Recruiting Initiative for Student
Engineering) has two events this spring for high school students interested
* Sophomores are invited to attend a tailgate picnic and the spring
football game on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The visit includes an engineering
lab tour and a hands on activity at the
<https://www.eng.vt.edu/residentialprograms/invents> InVenTs studio. The
deadline for application is March 24, 2017.
* Junior are invited to the VT campus on Sunday, April 2 where they
will take part in an evening orientation program and then attend the
<https://www.eng.vt.edu/students/open_house> College of Engineering Open
House on Monday, April 3. The visitors and their chaperones will be provided
with meals and lodging at a local hotel. The deadline for application is
March 10, 2017.
* Free Bus transportation is provided from the following locations
for both events:
* ODU Peninsula Center, Hampton, Virginia
* James River Bus lines, Richmond, Virginia
* Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church, Virginia
* More information and the on-line application can be found at
<http://adancy24.wixsite.com/nsbe/pci> (Pre-College Initiative)
PCI is co-sponsored by Virginia Tech's National Society of Black Engineers
(NSBE) and the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED),
with the goal of increasing the number of African American students who are
prepared to enter college, ideally majoring in engineering, math, science,
and other technical disciplines. The program consists of a series of five
daylong events held on Saturdays over the course of the academic year.
Activities include lab tours, demonstrations, hands on activities and
presentations designed to help students prepare for the college application
process. Dates for the spring semester are February 25, March 18 and April
22, 2017. There is a one-time $10 registration fee when students
UE&e=> apply. Transportation is not provided.
Imagination, a one-week science and math camp for rising seventh and eighth
graders, introduces participants to the exciting and fun world of
technology, engineering, and science ... not by watching, but by doing!
There will be two sessions of this day camp: July 10 - 14 and July 17 - 21.
Free bus transportation is provided to and from Roanoke for the first
session and to and from Martinsville for the second session. Cost is $150,
but scholarships are available. While this is a day camp, we have students
who stay with friends and family, rent/share hotel rooms or Airbnb, stay in
RV's and even camp! The deadline for application is April 28, 2017.
<http://www.blast.spacegrant.org/> BLAST (
<http://www.blast.spacegrant.org/> Building Leaders for Advancing Science
A dynamic three-day residential summer experience on the campuses of
Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and the University of Virginia for
rising 9th and 10th graders. Through innovative hands-on experiences taught
by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement
of STEM while residing on a college campus. BLAST is geared to students who
may have an interest in or an underlying aptitude for STEM academics, but
have not yet discovered the excitement of STEM. Virginia Tech sessions run
from July 16 - 19 and July 23 - 26, 2017. There is no cost to attend, but
participants must supply their own transportation to and from Blacksburg.
Online application deadline is February 6, 2017.
<http://www.eng.vt.edu/ctech2> C-Tech2 (Computers and Technology at
Virginia Tech) is a two week residential program held June 25 - July 8,
2017. It is designed to develop and sustain the interests of women in
engineering. Students spend the majority of their time involved in hands-on
activities designed to increase their interest in and knowledge of
applications of engineering to real world situations. The target population
for the program is rising junior and senior high school girls. More
information and the on-line application can be found here
<http://www.eng.vt.edu/ctech2> . The deadline for application is March 27,
2017. Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need.
Potential applicants should not allow program costs to affect their decision
You can access a printable flyer to share for these programs here
ring> . You can also check out our website
<https://www.eng.vt.edu/ceed/mentoring> to learn more about all of our
program. Please let me know if you would be willing, and if there is any
other information you would need to send this out. Thank you in advance for
your consideration of this request!
Dr. Kim Lester
Coordinator for Pre-College Outreach
Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
College of Engineering / Virginia Tech
Michael A. Chapman, P.E.
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