The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) is accepting applications for summer 2017 enrollment: deadline January 31st. The program serves high-achieving students in grades six through eleven with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
PREP 2017 is scheduled for June 12 – July 27, 2017, and tentatively will be held at the UTSA Main and Downtown campuses, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lakeview College, St. Philip’s College-Southwest Campus, San Antonio College, Texas A&M University San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake University, and St. Mary’s University.
“The PREP program began in 1979 at one venue with 50 students,” said Rudy Reyna, PREP executive director. “Since that time, many organizations have offered their support, allowing us to expand the program to serve more students. Last summer, 1,429 students completed the program at ten San Antonio locations. PREP had an additional 2,655 students in other Texas cities.”
The PREP program was founded in 1979 at UTSA by mathematics professor Manuel Berriozabal to provide high-achieving students (particularly minorities and women) excelling in STEM with instruction to prepare them for careers in those areas. The academically intense curriculum stresses the hands-on applications of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills.
The STEM-based program, seven-weeks in length, is presented over four summers. PREP I focuses on mathematical logic and introductory engineering principles. PREP II focuses on algebraic structures and physics. PREP III offers students an introduction to technical writing and probability and statistics. PREP IV introduces students to computer science and advanced STEM studies.
Applications to enroll in the summer 2017 PREP program must be completed and postmarked by Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, to be eligible for consideration. The program cost is $300 per student, although many San Antonio schools and school districts provide funding for a select number of students to participate in the summer program. Students should see their school career counselors to determine if they qualify for financial support.