Diversity Opportunities


    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    2020 PREFACE Program
    is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-served in the areas of science, engineering and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place Sunday, June 28 through Saturday, July 11 on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY.
    The PREFACE Program is for students who will be in either the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application.
    Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 27, 2020. Notifications will be made to accepted students in late April. Questions about the program should be directed to preface@rpi.edu.

    University of Rochester
    Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at the University of Rochester: 
    July 2 – July 31, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., M – F.  This free program is for members of an underrepresented group or economically disadvantaged students going into grades 7 – 12. STEP stimulates participants’ interest in career development opportunities in medicine and health care professions.  Students will be exposed to a variety of academic and professional skill development opportunities to enhance problem solving, critical thinking and test taking skills through ‘hands-on’ learning.  Students may work with doctors, technical staff and medical and graduate students. For more information, visit: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/education/md/undergraduate-programs.aspx.  Deadline is 4/1/2020.

    Smith College
    Women of Distinction is a program for high school seniors that highlights the opportunities at Smith for African American, Latina, Asian American, and Native American students. Admission is competitive. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all participants. The program will take place on October 16-18, 2020.  Deadline to apply  is Friday, June 12, 2020. The application will be available on Wednesday, May 1, 2020. Please note only current high school juniors are eligible to apply. For more information. please visit: https://www.smith.edu/admission-aid/explore-admission-aid/women-distinction-program.