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Meap At Iupui

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Conference

2000 Annual Conference

Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Publication Date

June 18, 2000

Start Date

June 18, 2000

End Date

June 21, 2000

ISSN

2153-5965

Page Count

4

Page Numbers

5.445.1 - 5.445.4

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https://peer.asee.org/8557

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Patrick C. Gee

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Session 2470

MEAP at IUPUI Patrick Gee Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Abstract

The Minority Engineering Advancement Program (MEAP) was established in 1976 in response to the small number of minorities in the engineering profession. MEAP strives to circumvent some of the inhibitors that prevent minorities from selecting engineering and technology as potential careers. MEAP enhances the recruitment and retention of minority students at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology (PSET) at Indiana University Purdue-University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program has developed three main components over the years of its evolution. One component is the summer engineering and technology experience, which will be discussed in this paper. The other two components are the undergraduate student scholarship program and pre-college internship program. The summer component of the program is open to 6th – 12th grade students interested in engineering and technology. Public and private schools are contacted with application information and asked to recommend possible candidates. Once the student has been suggested to the program, a final selection process takes place by the MEAP staff. The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology promotes and supports this program that is a community effort as well as a feeder of minority talent into many academic programs especially Engineering and Technology.

I. Introduction

The Minority Engineering Advancement Program (MEAP) was established in 1976 in response to the small number of minorities in the engineering profession. MEAP strives to circumvent some of the inhibitors that prevent minorities from selecting engineering and technology as potential careers. The summer component of the program is open to 6th – 12th grade students interested in engineering and technology. Public and private schools are contacted with application information and asked to recommend possible candidates. Once the student has been suggested to the program, a final selection process takes place by the MEAP staff.

Participants are exposed to industrial tours, positive role models, computer related workshops and engineering and technology activities in one to two week sessions during the day similar to an engineering day camp. The participants are categorized into 4 groups: workshop 1 is for high school students grades 9th, 10th and 11th, which are new to the program, workshop 2 involves high school students grades 9th, 10th and 11th, which are previous participants in the program workshop 3 works with returning 7th grade and new and returning 8th grade students in the program and workshop 4 is designed for new 6th and 7th grade students in the program. Each workshop has activities and interactions designed to best fit the grade level attending. Dividing students into the 4 categories allow for 25 – 30 students to participate in the program for 1 – 2

Gee, P. C. (2000, June), Meap At Iupui Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. https://peer.asee.org/8557

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