To qualify, applicants must be entering the 11th or 12th grade in September, 2016. The PREFACE Selection Committee will review each application and make its recommendation to the Project Director. Criteria are high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay, and recommendations. The program is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. In addition, since all programs are in English, students must have a strong understanding of the English language.
The deadline is March 25, 2016. Applications will not be accepted after that date. Annually, the number of applicants far exceeds available funding. The maximum number of participants for 2016 is 24. Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent to:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PREFACE Summer Program 2016
Dean of Students Office
110 Eighth Street, Academy Hall 4629
Troy, New York 12180-3590
Applications will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance will be made by early May 2016.
The PREFACE Application form may be found here http://www.rpi.edu/dept/doso/resources/precollege/docs/2016PREFACEapplication.pdf.
For additional information, please contact the Dean of Students Office Pre-College Programs.
PREFACE provides experiences using an engineering process approach to resolve a problem (e.g., design, troubleshoot, innovate, model, revise, and assess outcomes);
- 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.