The STAR Program At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

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I am pleased to again share the announcement below from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) regarding their annual STAR (Science, Technology, Arts @ Rensselaer) program.  It will be held October 16-18, 2014, but the registration deadline is September 27th.  The targeted audience is seniors who are underrepresented minorities and women.
I visited RPI several years ago; noted for its distinguished STEM programs as well as a ranked business school. RPI grads are associated with the Ferris Wheel, Texas Instruments, “super glue,” and for discovering fast growing stem cells for burn victims.  Research is a major focus of the college; can be for credit or pay but not both.  The five schools are Business, Engineering, Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences, Architecture, and Science. There are approximately 5000 undergrads; approximately 33-35% female.  Applications overlap with MIT, Cornell U, U Chicago, Rose-Hulman Institute, Carnegie-Mellon U, Harvey Mudd College, and Georgia Institute of Technology.  The admissions committee expects a rigorous high school academic record with strength in grades and the selection of math and science classes.
         OCTOBER 16-18, 2014
           APPLY BY SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
Rensselaer invites academically talented seniors, who are underrepresented minorities or young women, to apply for the STAR (Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer) Program. Please share this information with your top students. An official high school transcript is required to complete the STAR application. You may submit an official transcript for your student via email to , by fax to 518-276-6573, or by postal mail to the attention of Michael E. Moore, Rensselaer Admissions, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180 prior to the deadline date of September 27, 2014.

Students accepted to participate in the STAR Program will receive a confirmation email from Rensselaer. STAR begins the evening of Thursday, October 16, 2014 with a dinner reception and concludes Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the close of the Fall Open House. At the end of the event, all participants will receive an official letter confirming their participation in the event. We always encourage the students to show the letter to you and/or an attendance clerk so their absence is recognized as an official college visit.

Agenda will include
· Interactive leadership activity
· Academic experience – attend classes
· Undergraduate research overview and tour of laboratories
· Campus tour
· Student panels
· Student organizations and clubs fair
· Lodging and meals with current students

Students may apply online by September 27, 2014 to participate in the STAR Program.

We have been fortunate in previous years to have a limited number of travel grants available. That is still being determined for this year’s program. Considering we have had as many as 200 students participate in recent years, we cannot promise that every student who applies will receive a travel grant. The travel grants are awarded based on need as well as merit. Requests for assistance need to be made in the comment box on the STAR Program application. Once on campus, STAR participants’ meals and other costs directly associated with attending the event are covered by our office. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding STAR or Rensselaer Admissions in general.


Michael E. Moore
Director, Multicultural Recruitment Program
(518) 276-6216

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