Ventures Scholars Member Institution Enrichment Programs

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY

PREFACE Summer Program
PREFACE is a two-week, residential summer experience for talented high school juniors from underrepresented and under-served groups interested in pursuing a career in engineering or technological professions. Participants engage in activities that develop engineering principles and problem solving skills, explore engineering disciplines, and increase leadership skills and self-confidence. Activities include Introduction to Manufacturing Processes, Introduction to Electronics, computing, project competitions, and field trips. This program is a residential program.

Application Process/Prerequisites:
Complete an application (essay, academic performance, standardized test scores, HS transcript, counselor recommendation, teacher recommendation) This is a highly competitive program. Applicants must be entering the 12th grade, September 2003. Selection is based on high school GPA, rank in class, standardized test scores, quality of essay, and quality of recommendations.

Fee (in 2001):
None - Corporate funding covers a participant's round trip transportation to Rensselaer, materials and supplies, fees, room and board for the two-week program. The only cost to a participant is personal and miscellaneous expenses.

Mark Smith
Interim Dean of Students
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy Building
4th Floor
Troy, NY 12180-3590
Ph: 518-276-6266


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