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Introducing High School Students To The Field Of Civil Engineering: The Asce/Mesa Summer Institute

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.375.1 - 3.375.8

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Dominique McMillan

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Session 2570

Introducing High School Students to the field of Civil Engineering: The ASCE/MESA Summer Institute

Dominique McMillan California State University, Los Angeles Mathematics Science Engineering Achievement Program (MESA), MSP Program Director

Since 1996, the Department of Civil Engineering and the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program of the School of Engineering & Technology at California State University, Los Angeles conducted a two-day Saturday Academy "style" program designed to create a "pipeline" to direct college-bound high school students into civil engineering-related careers. Funded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Equal Opportunity Programs, the program has proved to be successful by serving to (1) expose students to science and engineering in a college-related environment (2) introduce it's student participants to the study and career of civil engineering and (3) involve engineering faculty, students and professionals in a worthwhile community-based program.

The program took place on two-consecutive Saturdays on the California State University , Los Angeles (Cal State L.A.) in late August for a total of 12 hours (6 hours each Saturday). The program was free to all participants and in 1997 a stipend of $25.00 was given to students that attended both days and completed all assigned work. The following is a description of how the program was developed and implemented.

McMillan, D. (1998, June), Introducing High School Students To The Field Of Civil Engineering: The Asce/Mesa Summer Institute Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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