What is PREFACE?

PREFACE is a residential summer workshop for students who are headed into their sophomore or junior year of high school. During this program, participants will live on Purdue University's campus and learn more about the opportunities available at Purdue. Students will discover more about the wide variety of engineering careers and examine career choices as they relate to their own values, abilities, and goals. Students will meet and work with students from around the country and will work to design solutions to some of the world's most pertinent challenges, highlighting engineering majors at Purdue. More importantly participants will leave with new academic skills to help you excel in your classes and on SAT/ACT standardized tests. We have seen an average improvement in SAT math scores of 90-100 points.

Student Testimonial, Santiago Ibarra Rico, Senior, Aeronautical Engineering, Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia
Student Testimonial, Ti' Air Riggins, 2nd Year PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering, Hometown: Akron, Ohio

What are the 2018 program dates?

PREFACE (9th/10th): June 17 - June 22

What do you do in PREFACE?

PREFACE (9th/10th):

  • Students get exposure to engineering careers and the impact engineers have on the world
  • Engineering projects introduce students to different engineering disciplines and engineering design
  • Career planning and academic skills required for engineering are thoroughly discussed
  • Test taking abilities are assessed
  • Math abilities are assessed using an online tutorial system
  • Social activities help students make friends from all over the country

What is the deadline for applications?

April 30

When will we be notified about the decision?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once all elements are in (transcript, recommendation, application) a decision will be made and parents will be notified.

How much does it cost to attend PREFACE?

The administrative fee to attend PREFACE is $900.

How can I pay for PREFACE?

Once you have received acceptance into an SEW you will be given a link to pay.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. A scholarship application is part of the overall SEW application for the program.

Does this program offer college credit?

No college credit is given for the program

My child is not a minority. Can he/she participate?

Our programs are open to all students and we welcome all students. The programs are focused to increase interest and representation of underrepresented minorities in engineering.

What grades are accepted into the Summer Engineering Workshops?

SEW 6/7/8 is for students completing the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

PREFACE is for students completing the 9th and 10th grades.

MITE is for students completing the 11th grade.

Do the students stay on campus?

Yes. Students stay in university dorms with randomly assigned roommates and chaperones from the same gender and eat at campus dining halls.

What does the registration fee cover?

Lodging, meals, and all events that are part of the program. It does not cover travel to and from the university

My child is flying in, how does he/she get to Purdue?

If flying into Indianapolis: Two shuttle services available (Star of America and Lafayette Limo)

If flying into Chicago: Express air coach (expressaircoach.com)

Select PMU as your final destination. Contact our office prior to the workshops and we will arrange a pick up from the PMU at the designated shuttle arrival time.

My child would need to leave the program early. Can he/she still participate?

SEW 6/7/8 and PREFACE require participation in all five days.

My child would need to arrive early to campus. How do we make accommodations?

Yes. Early accommodations have to be made by the parents through hotel or other means, inform MEP staff of any early arrivals.

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