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

LEAD: Computer Science Institute (CSI)

Session Dates: To Be Announced

> Visit the LEAD national program web site for further information and to apply.

The LEAD Computer Science Institute (CSI) exists to expose academically promising middle to high school students from diverse communities to both colleges and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Moreover, a major premise of the program recognizes that a better-informed high achieving student can better discern the value of choosing a career in a STEM field and is appropriately prepared to apply to the more competitive universities that offer STEM education.

The LEAD CSI Program provides rising ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students with the opportunity to explore the field of computer science. Students gain increased knowledge and practical skills development during the program.

The goals of CSI are to build students' interest in the field of computer science education and to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of computer programming. LEAD believes the best way to excite students about computer science is to help them make the connection between real world problems and the software they can write to solve those problems.

To make this connection, each participating university develops a curriculum which pairs active learning with programming topics. The content provided includes:

  • Age appropriate, hands-on learning to develop keen understanding of both the strategy and tactics for the topics provided.
  • Access to organizations and facilities that provide "real world" exposure to the various career disciplines.
  • Learning to work in a team environment. All participants were required to participate in various group projects.


   LEAD participants

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