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March 2003

Release Date: March 11, 2003

TexPREP Receives Grants to Help Prepare Students for College Engineering Programs

Two grants totaling almost $30,000 have been awarded to the Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) being conducted this summer by the College of Sciences at Angelo State University to help prepare junior and senior high school students to meet the rigors of science and engineering programs on the collegiate level.The Sid Richardson

Foundation approved a grant of $24,000 for the summer 2003 program. In its letter of transmittal, foundation representatives wrote, "We continue to be very impressed by the success of the program and are happy to provide this additional assistance."

Additionally, ASU received a state appropriation of $5,570 to help fund the program.

TexPREP Director Dr. Fred L. Wilson said that the program aims to interest middle and high school students in science and engineering careers and to provide them with enhanced training that can help them succeed in technical majors when they enroll in college.

The grants will cover personnel costs and ensure that the program is free to qualifying applicants. TexPREP provides intensive training in math, computer science, engineering concepts, and career development concepts.

This summer's program will run June 1 through July 25 in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building on the ASU campus. Wilson anticipates as many as 50 participants in four academic levels will enroll this summer.

Last year's program had 46 participants. Of that number 19 were minority students and eight were female. Wilson is working to encourage more female participation this summer.

In addition to classroom and laboratory work, students take field trips to engineering and science centers. Last summer TexPREP participants visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The program is open to students in the eighth grade or above with an overall average of 80 or better in their classwork. Application forms are availa by contacting the TexPREP office at 942-2560, Ext. 234.