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 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 them excel in their classes and on SAT/ACT standardized tests. We have seen an average improvement in SAT math scores of 90-100 points. 

Due to COVID-19, the PREFACE program in 2021 will be virtual. 

Student Testimonial − Santiago Ibarra Rico
Student Testimonial − Ti' Air Riggins 
Frequently Asked Questions
2021 Program Dates
June 18 - June 25, 2021 (1 week)
  • Format: Virtual
  • Orientation (Program and Project): Friday, June 18, 2021
  • First Day of Class: Monday, June 21, 2021
  • Closing Program: Friday, June 25, 2021
  • Times: TBD
What grades are accepted into the Summer Engineering Workshops?
  • SEW is for rising 7th/8th/9th or students who have completed the 6th, 7th and 8th grades
  • PREFACE is for rising 10th and 11th grade students or students who have completed 9th and 10th grades
  • MITE is for rising seniors (12th grade students in the United States) or students completing the 11th grade
    • MITE also welcomes international students who are rising seniors preparing to go to college/university upon completing their senior year
What do you do in PREFACE?
  • 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
Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at noon EST
  • Admission Decision: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
  • Payment Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
Decision Notification
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.
Helpful Information Regarding Cost, How to Pay, and Scholarships
  • The administrative fee to attend PREFACE: $650
  • Once you have received acceptance into PREFACE you will be given a link to pay
  • A scholarship application is part of the overall SEW application for the program
  • The fees cover:
    • Hands-on Engineering Project + Project Materials (direct home shipping)
    • Hands-on Engineering Project + Session Instruction
    • ALEKS Math Review Sessions
    • ALEKS Subscription (1) Year + Scheduled Tutoring Sessions
    • Exploring Engineering Sessions
    • Parental Engagement Sessions
    • Engineering Faculty
    • Corporate and Alumni Engagement 
Does this program offer college credit?
No. This program does not offer college credit.
Do the students stay on campus?
No, we are transitioning our residential summer programs to a modified online platform. Students are expected to connect to the programs online using the links that will be provided to them.
What do the students need to participate in the online camp?
  • Reliable Internet Connection (High-Speed Internet Recommended)
  • Access to an Electronic Device (Desktop, Laptop, Tablet)
  • Printing (Course Materials)
  • Work Space (Hands-On Engineering Project)
  • Calculator
  • Traditional School Supplies (Notebook, Pens, Pencils, Etc.)
  • Basic Tools (List of Requested Tools will be Provided)
My child needs to leave the program early. Can they still participate?
  • SEW requires participation in all five days
  • PREFACE requires participation in all five days
  • MITE requests will be handled on a case by case basis
My child is not a minority. Can they still 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. 

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