Applications for TAMIU First-Year PREP Program Participants Due Feb. 27 2004

Applications for TAMIU First-Year PREP Program Participants Due Feb. 27

Applications for all participants in Texas A&M International University's Texas Prefreshmen Engineering Program (TexPREP) are due Friday, February 27. Late applications will be considered on a space available basis.

Now in its 18th year, TexPREP is a free eight-week summer program that provides high-ability middle and high school students with exposure to University-level mathematics, engineering, science and technology.

Students currently attending 6th - 10th grade in Jim Hogg, Webb, and Zapata counties are invited to apply for admission to the free program. TexPREP is open to both male and female applicants of any race or national origin.

Applications are available from the TAMIU Office of Special Programs, located in the Student Center Room 118. First year applications have been mailed to middle and high school counselors and math and science teachers. First, second, third and fourth year applications are also available online at www.tamiu.edu/contedu/

To be considered for the program, first-year participants must submit a completed application, a supplemental information form, a 100 - 200 word essay explaining the student's desire to participate in the program, two nomination forms or letters of recommendation from mathematics or science teachers, latest official school transcript and grade report, and a grade point average computation provided by the applicant's school counselor.

The summer program is scheduled to operate at the University's main campus weekdays, Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or Tuesday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., from June 7 to July 30. Courses include Logic, Introduction to Engineering, Introduction to Computer Science, Topics in Problem Solving, Research and Study, and Career Opportunities Awareness.

The program is free, with lunch provided, but participants must provide their own school supplies such as notebooks, paper, pencils, and computer diskettes. Participants may also need to provide some field trip expenses, if any are scheduled.

The University's TexPREP Program is under the direction of Dr. Julio F. Madrigal, director of the Office of Special Programs.

For more information on the University's TexPREP Program, please contact the Office of Special Programs at 326-2700, Dr. Madrigal at 326-2 720 or Sergio Barragán, Program Coordinator at 326-2702.

University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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