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The Minority Engineering Program Learning Community is a first-year experience for freshmen participating in programs sponsored by the Minority Engineering Program (MEP). Through this learning community students have the opportunity to take classes together and participate in team-based learning for the entire academic school year. Students will also network and engage with faculty, staff, fellow MEP students and corporate partners across all engineering disciplines, and establish life-long friendships. 

 

MEP also offers a variety of support services including tutoring and exam reviews through the Academic Success Center, employer-sponsored information sessions and workshops and networking and professional development opportunities through student organizations and more.

Students in this learning community can choose between four different tracks:

  • MEP General Track
  • MEP First Year Engineering: EPICS Track
  • MEP First Year Engineering: VIP Track
  • MEP Exploratory Studies: Engineering Track*
    *(Engineering Academic Boot Camp Participants Only)

MEP General Track

The MEP General Track is designed for students who would like to join the MEP Learning Community but would like some flexibility in their scheduling options.

 

MEP EPICS and VIP Track

This track is designed for students who would like to engage in hands-on engineering projects through either EPICS or VIP. This track also creates an opportunity for students to build community through a cohort course model. To learn more about EPICS and VIP please visit the following sites:

EPICS: https://engineering.purdue.edu/EPICS

VIP: https://engineering.purdue.edu/VIP

 

MEP Exploratory Studies: Engineering Track

This track is restricted to MEP Engineering Academic Boot Camp participants only. Students in this track have the option to take cohort courses as well. 

 

Engineering Honors/Honors College Students

Students in Engineering Honors or the Honors College Learning Community can still join the MEP Learning Community through the ENGR180 course or the ENGR133/VIP Track.  Students interested in other course options can contact MEP directly at mep@purdue.edu.

 

All MEP Tracks will offer co-curricular activities including team building, social and professional development.
To learn more about MEP Engineering Academic Boot Camp, please visit us here.

 

Eligibility

  • Beginning students admitted into First Year Engineering, Pre-ABE in the College of Agriculture, or Exploratory Studies student participants
  • Students who are supported by the Minority Engineering Program
  • Engineering Academic Boot Camp Participants

Residential Component

  • Students in this community will reside in Harrison Hall Priority placement is given to MEP Engineering Academic Boot Camp Participants.  Remaining spots are open to all MEP Students.
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or Athletics, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community

Duration

Full Academic Year

Associated Classes

MEP General Track

  • ENGR 18000 – Minorities in Engineering Seminar

 

MEP EPICS/VIP Track

  • MA 16100: Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
  • CHM 11500: General Chemistry
  • ENGR 18000: Minorities in Engineering Seminar
  • ENGR 13300: Transforming Ideas to Innovation
  • and the selected EPICS or VIP team course section

 

MEP Exploratory Studies: Engineering Track

  • MA 15800: Pre-calculus Functions And Trigonometry
    OR MA 16100: Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
  • CHM 11100: General Chemistry

  • ENGR 13100: Transforming Ideas To Innovation I
    OR ENGR 13300: Transforming Ideas to Innovation, EPICS (MA 16100 eligibility required)

  • ENGR 18000: Minorities in Engineering Seminar

 

Honors College Students

  • ENGR 18000: Minorities in Engineering Seminar
  • OR the EPICS/VIP Track

 

Events and Activities Included:

  • Leadership building activities
  • Bowling night
  • Movie nights
  • Picnics at local park
  • Guest speakers
  • Periodic meals with faculty

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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