Overview

The Summer Engineering Institute is a multi-faceted program that allows students to explore how engineers envision creative, practical solutions that benefit the everyday lives of people and the communities in which they live.

Pre-college programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. Of course, it takes a little help to adjust to life on a college campus, so we have great live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help you get used to a new environment, both geographic and social. We have lots of great events in the evenings and on weekends that help you connect with other pre-college students.

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Students will be exposed to selected topics in areas such as biomedical, chemical, civil, computer systems, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering. These areas will be examined through faculty-led presentations, hands-on, guided discovery, and a design project. Students will tour active engineering labs on campus in order to experience current research projects in a variety of engineering fields. Finally, students will participate in activities, research projects, and presentations geared towards technical learning, team building, and enrichment activities.

The course will be conducted in one of the campus team based learning labs, which offer modern computer stations and state-of-the-art instructional technology, as well as several locations in the Engineering Quadrangle. Students are expected to develop skills in:

  • Engineering Design
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Research
  • Computer software

Students will also come away with a/an:

  • Increased awareness of engineering and career opportunities
  • First hand experience succeeding as an engineering student
  • Improved understanding of the methods of application of the important skills associated with a successful career in engineering
  • Increased level of knowledge about some of the challenges associated with different branches of engineering
  • Better understanding of which pathways in higher education will prepare them for engineering-related careers

Applicants with both demonstrable financial need and academic merit may apply for a partial scholarship.

Dr. Paula Rees, Assistant Dean for Diversity, College of Engineering

Cost and Session Information

Dates:
July 8-21, 2018

Fees for Two-Week Intensives 
Program fee (with two academic credits): $1,560 
One time Registration fee: $47 
Housing and full meal plan: $1,168 
Activity fee: $125 
Total for two weeks: $2,900


Commuter Option
Students living in or near Amherst, MA may apply to attend as commuter students. Commuter students must have their own transportation to and from campus. A lunch-only meal plan, UCard, Rec Center access and activities are included. Fees for 1-week programs are $994, 2-week programs are $1,898, 3-week programs are $2,760, and Research Intensives are $6,586.

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