TechPrep Applications Available at TAMIU Dec. 7

TexPREP Applications
Available at TAMIU Dec. 7

Middle and high school interested in engineering may pick up an application to register for the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) at Texas A&M International University in Student Center, room 118 starting Friday, Dec. 7.

The program, scheduled for June 2 – July 24, offers students an opportunity to be exposed to college-level mathematics, science and engineering studies.

Application and testing fee is $40; deadline is Feb. 14. Space is limited to 110 qualified students. Late applications will only be accepted on a space available basis. Late fee is $65.

Fill out an application online at prep-usa.org/locations/ApplyG/App1-1.asp?site=2

“The TexPREP program aims to increase the number of competently prepared under-represented minority and female students from the TexPREP area who will ultimately pursue science, mathematics, engineering and technology studies in college and to acquaint students with professional opportunities in science, math, engineering and technology,” explained Dr. Julio F. Madrigal, director, Office of Special Programs.

The program is free, but students are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus, meals while on campus and school supplies such as notebooks, paper, pencils and other supplies.

Application packets should include: application processing and testing fee; student application and supplemental forms; 100-200 word essay from the student explaining his or her desire to participate in the program; two letters of nomination or recommendation from math or science teachers or counselors; latest official 2007/2008 transcript and grade report with a GPA computation by counselor.

Students in the program will have the opportunity to take courses such as: logic, introduction to engineering, introduction to computer technology, introduction to computer science, topics in problem-solving and research and study. They will also get to hear from speakers from local and state high-tech industries who will discuss current and future professional engineering and scientific opportunities. TexPREP also provides career counseling with topics that include resume preparations, college financial aid and practice SAT exams.

University professors, visiting instructors from public schools and members of the working and teaching science and engineering community will teach the courses.

For more information, please contact Julissa Garza, office coordinator with the Office of Special Programs, at 326.2702, e-mail jgarza@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Student Center, room 118.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu