Incoming HU STEM Students Participate in Program to Gain Head Start on Education

HAMPTON, Va.  – Incoming freshmen that have been admitted into the Hampton University School of Engineering and Technology, which houses the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architecture, and Aviation, are participating in a five-week Pre-College program, which started on June 15, 2018. The program is designed to help students get a head start in their respective disciplines, while energizing critical thinking, identifying student strengths and deficiencies, and igniting desire for life-long learning in their discipline.

“These brilliant students will begin their educational journey with this program,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “They will receive an introduction to their field of study and become very familiar with THE standard of excellence we uphold. This will truly mark the beginning of their professional career and we are excited to be a part of it.”

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) grant. The overall goal is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce. Students who participate will take three courses: Pre-Calculus, Introduction to Engineering, and English. In addition, there will be daily study sessions, workshops, and field trips.

“Students participating in this program are from across the country, including the states of Michigan, Virginia, Alabama, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, North Carolina, and California,” said Dr. Joyce Shirazi, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. “They are enthusiastic about the program and we are passionate about their success.”

The primary goal of this program is to increase the mathematic readiness of engineering students. This will yield increased retention and graduation rates for the School of Engineering and Technology.

Typically, freshmen engineering students are required to take eighteen (18) credit hours during their first full semester at Hampton University; as a result of participating in the LSAMP program, students can reduce their work load to thirteen (13) credit hours for their first official semester.

“It’s an honor to help support a program that seeks to propel Black American scholars who are novice in engineering to greater successes in the discipline,” said Nathan Holland, Director of the LSAMP School of Engineering and Technology Pre-College Program. “It would be a disservice to not support and build up this mountain of potential. These students represent an opportunity to see advancements in STEM related fields spearheaded by underrepresented minority groups.”


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