Introduction to TexPREP
Texas A&M International University is pleased to announce Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), an opportunity for high-quality local and area middle and high school students to be exposed to college-level mathematics, science, and engineering studies.
Selected students attend the University program at no cost. Costs are partially defrayed by grants from the Texas Coordinating Board of Higher Education - Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act and financial and in-kind contributions from private industry and private and public institutions. Among those who have helped nurture the program are The Lupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation, Texas Department of Transportation, South Texas Workforce Development Board, AMOCO, Chevron USA, CP&L, Jim Hogg CISD, Laredo ISD, Laredo Manufacturers Association, Mary Help of Christians School, Mirando City ISD, NASA Houston, SONY Corp., St. Augustine High School, Texas A&M University-College Station and Kingsville, Texas A&M International University GEAR UP III “Creating a Vision” Program, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, United ISD, University of Texas at San Antonio, Webb CISD, and Zapata CISD.
Goal of TexPREP
Since the traditional obstacle for many underrepresented minorities and females is mathematics and its problem-solving applications, a major objective of TexPREP is to strengthen the students' abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills. Program efforts are directed toward discussion of college-level topics not previously available to students. An additional emphasis is placed on mathematics, science, and engineering awareness in engineering courses, research and study sessions, and career opportunity components.
The TexPREP Program aims to increase the number of competently prepared underrepresented minority and female students from the TexPREP area who will ultimately pursue science, mathematics, engineering and technology studies in college; to reinforce the mathematics preparation of these students in the pursuit of mathematics, science and engineering at the pre-college and college levels; to increase the retention rate of these student in college; and to acquaint students with professional opportunities in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
Unless otherwise specified, all curriculum offerings will be realized in the facilities of new Texas A&M International University campus. These facilities include the Sue & Radcliffe Killam Library, the Texas A&M International University Computer and Science Labs, and University classrooms.
Courses will be taught by University professors, visiting professors from public schools, and by members of the working and teaching science, mathematics, and engineering community.