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Students Take Part in Two-Week Test Flight for College Fledglings at WPI

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Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Potential college students rarely get to test their wings before the big take-off. But from July 8 to 21, that's just what 62 teenagers will do at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

WPI's Frontiers/Strive Pre-College Summer Program offers a preview of college life while exploring science, mathematics and engineering courses. Participants, all high-school seniors this fall, come from all over the United States.

The students attend classes and work in laboratories, choosing a major course of study including biology, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, mathematics, mechanical engineering or physics. They tackle advanced material, taught by WPI professors, and conduct research in state-of-the-art labs.

In addition to their major course, students take workshops designed to help them succeed in higher education. In speech workshops, for example, they discover how to present their ideas for best impact and understanding. In writing workshops, small groups learn how to sharpen a variety of skills from creative writing to the college essay. Music workshops allow students to rehearse daily in an instrumental ensemble and to perform in a concert at the conclusion of the program. Theater workshops explore dramatic exercises and techniques and produce plays.

The following students will take part in WPI's Frontiers/Strive program this summer:

  • David Akman of Shrewsbury, Mass., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Christopher Baker of Cromwell, Conn., who will study computer science.
  • Jonathan Barlow of Bristol, R.I., who will study physics.
  • Isabel Bernal Castro of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, who will study mathematics.
  • Joe Burch of Miami Shores, Fla., who will study physics.
  • Kiel Byrne of Elmsford, N.Y., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Angela Campbell of Geneva, Ill., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Alejandro Castano of Naples, Fla., who will study computer science.
  • Paul Clifton of College Park, Ga., who will study physics.
  • Gregory Cole of Sharon, Mass., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Bismoy Dasgupta of Needham, Mass., who will study computer science.
  • Michael DeBlasio of Littleton, Mass., who will study chemistry.
  • Bradford Degen of South Windsor, Conn., who will study civil engineering.
  • Ferell Denny of Rowe, N.M., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Josue Diaz of Juncos, Puerto Rico, who will study civil engineering.
  • Keri Driscoll of Milton, Mass., who will study chemistry.
  • William Dugan of Gonic, N.H., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Jason Gintert of Valparaiso, Ind., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Amy Goldstein of Latham, N.Y., who will study biology.
  • Mike Gonzalves of Ramsey, N.J., who will study chemistry.
  • Jimmy Gordon of Ashland, Ore., who will study chemistry.
  • Mark Handler of Haddonfield, N.J., who will study civil engineering.
  • Michael Hands of Scituate, R.I., who will study chemistry.
  • Mark Hindenlang of Randolph, N.J., who will study chemistry.
  • Antony Hubbard of Rowe, N.M., who will study mathematics.
  • Kathleen Janover of Middletown, N.J., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Jeffrey Jin of Shrewsbury, Mass., who will study computer science.
  • James Kalafus of Ypsilanti, Mich., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Robert Kenyon of Dracut, Mass., who will study civil engineering.
  • Justin Kneitel of Mount Sinai, N.Y., who will study computer science.
  • Matthew LaBruzzo of Falmouth, Maine, who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Jocelyn Lally of Acushnet, Mass., who will study biology.
  • Sarah LaRocca of Surry, N.H., who will study chemistry.
  • Paul Lessard of Cambridge, Mass., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Kathryn Masterson of Manhasset, N.Y., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Erin Matthewson of Greendale, Wis., who will study physics.
  • Stephen McCarter of Londonderry, N.H., who will study computer science.
  • Mike McGlincy of Atlanta, Ga., who will study physics.
  • Eoin McGrotty of Andover, Mass., who will study computer science.
  • Matthew McKenna of Essex Junction, Vt., who will study chemistry.
  • Charles W. Moore of Columbia, S.C., who will study mathematics.
  • Mark Moseley of Billerica, Mass., who will study computer science.
  • Eric O'Brien of South Windsor, Conn., who will study civil engineering.
  • Brian O'Donnell of Acton, Mass., who will study computer science.
  • Theodore Phillips of Norwich, Conn., who will study computer science.
  • Christina Pisani of Island Park, N.Y., who will study physics.
  • Sean Quinn of Westminster, Mass., who will study physics.
  • Evan Ray of Westborough, Mass., who will study computer science.
  • Paul Ruggieri of Barrington, R.I., who will study computer science.
  • Steven Slusarski of Newington, Conn., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • John Slusarz of New Boston, N.H., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Ashlee Snodgrass of Puyallup, Wash., who will study computer science.
  • Dan Starr of Dansville, N.Y., who will study computer science.
  • Jonathan Stepro of Manchester, N.H., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • Patrick Sullivan of Andover, Mass., who will study biology.
  • Benjamin Terry of Barrington, R.I., who will study civil engineering.
  • Johnny Vargas of Southbridge, Mass., who will study computer science.
  • Jennifer Voelker of Bow, N.H., who will study mathematics.
  • Thomas Vozella of North Andover, Mass., who will study biology.
  • Michael Warren of Orangeburg, N.Y., who will study computer science.
  • Michael Whelihan of Barrington, R.I., who will study mechanical engineering.
  • David Wholey of Andover, Mass., who will study biology.

Founded in 1865, WPI enrolls 2,700 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students in science, engineering, management, humanities and arts, and social sciences. Under the WPI Plan, undergraduates complete three projects focusing on their major course of study, the humanities, and the interactions among science, technology and society.

For more information, contact WPI at 508-831-5796 or e-mail outreach@wpi.edu.