Each year MEP offers a variety of activities and programs for Mines students. We evaluate our programs on an annual basis with the desire to create the best environment possible for the success of our students.
Challenge is an academic transitional program for select high-achieving incoming freshman. Selected participants include students that are historically under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, including ethnic and racial minorities, women, and first-generation students. Challenge is a four-week summer experience during which students receive instruction in pre-calculus, intro to chemistry. Taught by dedicated Mines’ faculty, the two required Challenge courses are MATH100 (Pre-calculus) and CHEM111 (Intro. to Chemistry). Included in the four-week curriculum is an engineering workshop focused on User-Centered Design. Students also attend mandatory tutoring, as well as workshops taught by staff from the Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA). Workshop topics include:
- the science of learning;
- test preparation skills;
- note-taking techniques;
- time-management; and
- stress management
Challenge students also participate in team-building activities, and a community outreach project designed to help build camaraderie between students. Challenge students must successfully complete all of the program requirements to be fully admitted and matriculate to the fall semester. Generously funded by our corporate partners, all costs for the four-week Challenge Program are covered for students, including room and board, text books, class materials, and transportation to off-campus activities.
MEP professional development programs give students an edge on Career Day by helping them connect with company representatives, tailor their resumes, and polish their interview skills.
Professional Development Workshop
The Multicultural Engineering Program Professional Development Workshop is an opportunity to learn about the MEP professional societies, network with great companies, and improve your public speaking skills, resume writing, professional dress, and business etiquette.
This year’s program takes place Saturday, February 9th. Special guest presenters: Intel, P&G, & Phililps 66.
Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation
The Multicultural Engineering Program at Colorado School of Mines provides support to students through the CO-WY AMP grant by:
- Funding undergraduate students to participate on research projects with graduate students and/or faculty.
- Funding undergraduate students to participate on research projects with NREL scientists.
The Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) is an innovative consortium of fourteen community colleges and four-year institutions, and four Native American tribes in Colorado and the Four Corners region. The Alliance’s mission is to double the number of historically and currently under-represented American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander students earning bachelor’s degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). CO-WY AMP is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with Colorado State University as its headquarters.
Other goals of CO-WY AMP include increasing the quality of education for these students and building the infrastructure for programs and activities that link public and private resources through structured funding and program development strategies. This program is not racially or gender exclusive.
For more information about the CO-WY AMP grant at Mines, please contact Andrea Salazar Morgan.
Andrea Salazar Morgan
CO-AMP Site Coordinator
Director, Multicultural Engineering Program