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

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What are the 2020 program dates?

July 20 - July 24, 2020

Is PREFACE-2020 a virtual program?

Due to Covid-19, the PREFACE program in 2020 will be virtual.

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?

Application Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020

Admission Decision: Monday, May 18, 2020

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 $500.

What does the registration fee cover?

Fees Include: Hands-On Engineering Project + Project Materials and Direct Home Shipping, Hands-On Engineering Project and Session Instruction, SAT/ACT Math and Verbal Review Sessions, ALEKS Subscription (1) Year + Scheduled Tutoring Sessions, Exploring Engineering Sessions, Parental Engagement Sessions, Engineering Faculty, Corporate and Alumni Engagement

How can I pay for PREFACE?

Once you have received acceptance into the camp 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?

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

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


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