This Summer Engineering Institute is a separate five week academic program for high school minority students in the Richmond/Petersburg metropolitan area. The program provides students with hands on research dealing with various fields of engineering. Students work with VCU graduate students while conducting research and experiments. At the end of the program, students will have to write a paper and create a presentation explaining what was learned during the institute.
Family Orientation Program & daily attendance is mandatory.
Students who apply for the program should meet the following criteria:• Be a member of a minority group (African American, American Indian, Hispanic) that is underrepresented in engineering and technology• Be interested in learning about engineering as a career• Be academically talented, especially in mathematics and science• Have previously participated in at least two (2) Phases and will be a rising 12th or graduated 12th grader
Students will be required/expected to:1. Require the student to have a good background in physics/chemistry and mathematics2. Expect the student to be curious about scientific research and read up the concepts involved with supervision of a graduate student.3. Expect the student to work ~4 hours in the lab every day with supervision of a graduate student.4. Expect the student to write a 10+ page report (including pictures, figures, etc.) at the end of the project with group members.5. Expect the student to create a presentation with group members to present at the VCU closing ceremony.
FEES: A non-refundable program fee of $375 is required for each student. Fee must be paid before the Family Orientation Program. If not, student will not be able to participate. A $25 fee will be charged for all checks returned for insufficient funds. This fee covers charges incurred from the bank(s).
ATTENDANCE: It is mandatory for parents & students to attend the Family Orientation Program. Students are expected to attend the Summer Engineering Institute each scheduled day. Daily, prompt attendance is mandatory. Parent/Guardian must submit a written excuse to RMEP (prior to any absence when possible) each day a student is absent. After three (3) excused absences, the student will be dismissed from the program without a refund.
DECORUM: RMEP expects proper behavior during all facets of the program. The staff will make every effort to provide for the students’ comfort and safety, and will monitor all periods of activity, including field trips. We look forward to having an orderly and enjoyable learning experience.
ATTIRE: Represent yourself at all times; this is not a sports camp or social club. Casual but neat dress is acceptable. No short shorts or bogus neck chains. Young ladies should wear tops and bottoms that adequately cover the body; young men are not allowed to wear net shirts or sleeveless T-shirts. Closed shoes (no sandals or heels) are a basic requirement for field trips. Above all, remember that the building and classrooms are air-conditioned and can get rather cool, so dress accordingly. The RMEP officials reserve the right to enforce the dress code accordingly.
Students will be advised of their acceptance/denial status during the early part of May.
All notifications will be sent via the EMAIL address you listed. If you do not receive any information by May 1st, please send an email to RVAMEP@gmail.com
Do not enclose payment (cash, check or money order) with the application form.
Mail recommendations to: RMEP Student Recommendation P. O . Box 26248 Richmond, VA 23260
This can be in the form of the 2nd nine weeks OFFICIAL school report card or an official school transcript. No POWER SCHOOL print outs will be accepted.
Use the Student Transcript Upload button located on the home page (RvaMEP.org) to upload (submit) a copy of your child's transcript. Only RMEP will have access to this information.
Mail a copy of the recent semester grades to: RMEP Student Transcripts P. O . Box 26248 Richmond, VA 23260