April 25, 1996 Vol. 25 No. 31

Summer programs aim
to diversify environment

Penn State's summer enrichment programs offer new experiences, and the chance to improve old skills and learn new ones. The 31 programs, funded by the Equal Opportunity Planning Committee (EOPC), focus on providing a more culturally diverse environment at Penn State.

"Most of these programs cover minority student recruitment and retention, academic skills development and enhancement," Terrell Jones, deputy vice provost for educational equity and chairman of the EOPC, said. "The enrichment classes also offer students a first-hand glimpse into careers they may be considering."

Most of the programming targets minority students from the eighth grade through graduate school. A sampling follows:

Entering Penn State freshmen prepare for first-year calculus, physics and chemistry during the seven-week Pre-Freshman Engineering and Science Summer Bridge Program at University Park. They also get academic and career counseling, and work on developing time management and study skills.

The Technology, Attitudes, Learning and Knowledge (TALK) Project is an intensive, three-week session for people with communication disabilities such as stuttering and for those who want to teach them.

"There are 3 million people in this country -- fully 1 percent of the population -- who stutter," Edward Blood, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, said. "In this program, graduate and doctoral students in the department will learn how to treat stuttering by working with Penn State undergraduate students who stutter."

The Hispanics for Academic Program (HAP) at University Park takes 20 Hispanic high school seniors and helps them prepare for college with classes in intensive skills building. The program focuses on preparing the students for Penn State.

"The purpose of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Week at University Park is to offer young women a solid start in the sciences and engineering," Judy Wakhungu, program director, said. "We also communicate the fact that Penn State provides an environment conducive to their success." The targeted 36 students who will be in the 11th grade in the fall, are talented in math or science, but they may not be considering a scientific or technical career. The WISE Week gives them hands-on experience in fields they may not be familiar with in order to open their eyes to a new future.

The MOEST Program -- Mathematics: Opportunities in Engineering, Science and Technology at the Penn State York Campus gives seventh to 12th graders a chance to improve their science and math grades. The program is intended to give students a chance to earn a college degree in science or technology and then encourages them to bring their skills and expertise back to the York area.

The Minority Scholarship for Education Abroad Programs provides need-based scholarships for minority undergraduates in the Penn State Study Abroad Programs.

Other summer programs include:

The Minority Research Apprentice Program which targets high school graduates who want to pursue careers in biomedical research or the health professions; University Park Campus.

The Minority Student Apprenticeships in Agriculture, which is for entering 11th and 12th graders with a B average or above who have a career interest in biological or physical science; University Park Campus.

The Access to Careers in Engineering Program at the Penn State Hazelton Campus gives first priority for application to women and minorities in the 10th and 11th grades who have an interest in engineering.

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