More than 1,300 middle and high school students will be attending nine local university campuses to participate in the 35th San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SA-PREP) taking place June 17-July 31.
Established in 1979 at The University of Texas at San Antonio by Mathematics Professor Manuel Berriozabal, SA-PREP has an impressive track record with nearly 16,000 students completing at least one summer component. The program has been replicated across the state as TexPREP and across the nation as PREP-USA. Overall, PREP programs have served more than 34,000 students. College attendance is 80% percent.
The academic levels of the program -- PREP I, PREP II, PREP III and PREP IV -- are presented over seven weeks through lectures, projects, seminars and hands-on activities that allow students to learn and apply advanced STEM concepts. The curriculum includes but is not limited to mathematics, problem solving, engineering, physics, technical writing, water science, nanotechnology, computer science, research and STEM career awareness. In addition to gaining a jumpstart on advanced topics in the hard sciences and mathematics, PREP students have the opportunity to earn college scholarships and high school credit.
"The PREP program is not your typical summer camp," said Rudy Reyna, PREP executive director. "While a camp is usually shorter duration, PREP takes place over seven weeks and the students enrolled understand it is academically intense and that they are here to learn the fundamentals in the STEM areas -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through PREP, students are prepared so they can be better problem solvers and so they can successfully pursue careers in science, technology and engineering."
In San Antonio, PREP I will be offered at the UTSA Main and Downtown campuses, Northwest Vista College and Palo Alto College. PREP II will be offered at San Antonio College, the University of the Incarnate Word Dual Enrollment Center, St. Philip's College Southwest Campus and Texas A&M University - San Antonio. PREP III will be offered at St. Mary's University and PREP IV will be offered
at the UTSA Main Campus.
TexPREP locations include Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Edinburg, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen and Victoria.
PREP-USA is offered at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, New York; Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey; New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico; University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
To learn more, visit the PREP website or call 210-458-2060.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.