CDE 2017 Summer Programs Announcement

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you for your interest in STEM outreach programs for middle and high school students. We are excited to share with you that under the leadership of John F. Gates, Ph.D., the Associate Dean for Diversity and Engagement at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, we are in the process of reinventing all of our STEM outreach activities for current and prospective UVA Engineering students, including our summer programs. We anticipate offering new and exciting activities in summer of 2018. For the summer of 2017, we will continue to offer the Bridge Program for current high school seniors who have been accepted to the University of Virginia. Eligible students will receive further information from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students will be notified of the program particulars.

UVA Engineering is committed to diversity, which we define as excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences. Outstanding engagement with K-12 schools and our entire community are crucial to attracting young people to higher education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

We would like to remain connected with you and keep you informed of future UVA Engineering events and programs, including future summer programs. To join our distribution list, please go to this link

Best regards,

Jasmine D. Crenshaw, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Diversity in Engineering
Office of Diversity and Engagement
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia

ITE Description
The primary goal of the Center for the Diversity in Engineering's Introduction to Engineering (ITE) program, established in 1987 as MITE, is to introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to the theory and practice of engineering through lectures, labs, and exercises in engineering design, applied math, and basic science. Participants will also be introduced to various engineering disciplines through lectures and demonstrations.

Additionally, participants will receive an introduction to life as an undergradute engineering student at the University of Virginia. They will experience many aspects of University life in a supervised atomsphere, including living in residence halls, eating in dining halls around the grounds and interacting with fellow students from Virginia and all over the country.

The program includes daily participation in introductory engineering course work, seminars on college admissions and financial aid, demonstrations, experiments, and tours of departments and the University.

Who Can Attend?
The ITE program is open to rising high school seniors. Qualified rising juniors will also be considered as space permits. Applicants will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Scholastic performance (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Performance in college-preparatory courses in math and sciences
  • Standardized test scores (e.g., PSAT, SAT and ACT)
  • Previous enrollment in pre-engineering classes
  • Interest in and motivation for attending ITE as expressed in applicant's 1-2 page essay

ITE participants

When is ITE?
June 26, 2016 - July 1, 2016
Campers will check in at 2pm on June 26th and check out from 3-4pm on July 1st.

What's the Cost?
The program fee is $700 nonrefundable and payable upon acceptance. Limited scholarship funds are available upon demonstrated need. Participants are also responsible for their transportation to and from ITE, and for incidental/personal spending funds.

Application and Selection Process
Please complete and mail in any supplemental information to the Center for Diversity in Engineering by March 29, 2016. Click here for the application.

P.O. Box 400255
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4255

Selected students will be notified by mid-May.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding ITE, please contact the CDE at 434-924-0604 or by email to



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