Before college, students have very few opportunities to explore engineering. VCU hopes to change this with a number of engineering-intensive programs for young students.
DEAN'S EARLY RESEARCH INITIATIVE (DERI)
High school students who excel in mathematics, science, or technology may apply for a research fellowship at VCU. DERI aims to broaden the high school student experience and provide opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop skills in mentoring at the VCU College of Engineering under the leadership of our faculty.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMMING CONTEST
High school students enter in teams and are given a list of programming problems to be solved using Java. When a team's solution is correct, they are awarded with a balloon. Teams are ranked by the number of problems solved in the least amount of time.
Small groups of high schoolers tour VCU to experience the life of an engineering student. A typical visit lasts 3 hours and can be customized with different experiences. Participants may attend lectures, receive student-guided tours of the College of Engineering, eat lunch with current students, participate in labs, and watch a presentation about admission. This gives them greater exposure to engineering as well as an understanding of the college experience.
RICHMOND AREA PROGRAM FOR MINORITIES IN ENGINEERING (RAPME)
RAPME is a non-profit organization with the goal of inspiring minority middle and high school students to pursue careers in science and engineering. VCU and Virginia State university both host RAPME's 3-5 week Summer Engineering Institute program.