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ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, PREFACE and STEP

The Dean of Students Office (DOSO) hosts several pre-college initiatives for K-12 students at Rensselaer and in the Troy Community. In addition, DOSO works with organizations around the country whose students are interested in pursuing STEM careers in the science, technology, engineering and math. Rensselaer is proud to announce that it has been selected to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp starting in 2008. Below is information on the STEP and PREFACE programs.

The PREFACE Program begun at RPI more than 30 years ago, gives high school sophomores from underrepresented and underserved groups the opportunity to come to Rensselaer and experience what an engineering education can offer them. The primary goal is to enable interested and talented students to explore the opportunities in engineering and engineering-related professions. Through interactive laboratory experiences, lectures, discussions, field trips, and plant visits, participants have an opportunity to explore the challenges and rewards of a technological education. In addition to the hands-on experience, the students also take classes in core disciplines, from electrical engineering and computing to leadership and career development. PREFACE is funded through annual corporate and foundation contributions, and subsidizes each participant’s round-trip transportation to Rensselaer, tuition, fees, and room and board for the two-week session.

For further information about your 2008 PREFACE application please contact Cynthia Smith, Assistant Dean of Students Director of Pipeline Initiatives and Partnerships, (518)276-6266,

PREFACE Web site

Through the Rensselaer Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) , 150 underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in five area middle and high schools develop problem-solving skills and a broad knowledge base prior to entry into post-secondary schools. Funded by Rensselaer and the New York State Education Department, STEP aims to increase access to and retention in scientific, technical, engineering, and health professions by offering a range of after-school enrichment activities, summer programs, research opportunities on college campuses and industry, and career development experiences.

STEP Web site

Questions: For further information about the PREFACE or STEP program or to be added to the mailing list please contact Cynthia Smith, Assistant Dean of Students Director of Pipeline Initiatives and Partnerships, (518) 276-6266,

Last modified: June 17, 2008