WPI Brings Together the Best Future Scientists and Engineers

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Seventy-one high-school students with a passion for science, math and engineering will spend July 10-23 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute taking part in the innovative Frontiers/Strive Pre-College Summer Program. The program explores the outer limits of knowledge in science, mathematics and engineering. Participants, all of whom will be high-school seniors this fall, come to WPI from throughout the United States and abroad.

The Frontiers program began 14 years ago in response to the lack of African-American, Hispanic and American Indian students pursuing the fields of science and engineering. At WPI, these teenagers attend classes and work in laboratories studying biology, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering and physics.

Each student learns from WPI professors while working with classmates on projects and making use of WPI's state-of-the-art experimental, analytical and computer technology. Current WPI students assist in the labs and in study groups.

The program offerings span the wealth of study available at this major New England technological university. For example, Frontiers/Strive students of biology and biotechnology will cut and splice DNA and transfer it into bacteria to engineer new microorganisms; those studying chemistry will synthesize colorful compounds and learn about molecular modeling.

In addition to their major area of study, students participate in workshops in speech, creative writing, music, theater and college application essay writing. The residential experience allows them to find out about life in one of WPI's coeducational dorms.

"Frontiers/Strive is an excellent opportunity for students to get a glimpse of college life," says Dawn R. Johnson, director of WPI's Outreach Programs Office and coordinator of Frontiers/Strive. "It is a rewarding academic and social experience that we hope will attract these students to one of WPI's undergraduate programs."

WPI, an independent technological university founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based educational plan. Under the WPI Plan, students are provided with unique opportunities for integrating classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus or at off-site locations.