PREFACE Summer Program 2017 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

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The PREFACE Summer Program 2017 at Rensselaer is a two-week residential summer experience for talented high school sophomores and juniors who will enter 11th or 12th grade in fall 2017, from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields, and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions.


To qualify, applicants must be entering the 11th or 12th grade in September, 2017.  The PREFACE Selection Committee will review each application and make its recommendation to the Project Director. Selection is based on high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay, and recommendations. In addition, since all programs are in English, students must have a strong understanding of the English language.


The deadline is March 24, 2017. No applications will be accepted after that date. Annually, the number of applicants far exceeds available funding. The maximum number of participants for 2017 is 24. The program is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent to:


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PREFACE Summer Program 2017
Dean of Students Office
110 Eighth Street, Academy Hall 4629
Troy, New York 12180-3590


Applications will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance will be made by early May 2017.


PREFACE Application form:


For additional information, please contact the Dean of Students Office Pre-College Programs.


Cynthia Smith ’96
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Pipeline Initiatives and Partnerships


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