The Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program
The Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), is an academically rigorous mathematics-based summer enrichment program conducted at several college and university campuses in San Antonio, across the state of Texas and Nation. TexPREP identifies middle and high school students who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and helps prepare those students for success in advanced studies and careers by providing them with a challenging academic program that emphasizes the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills and exposure to careers through career awareness speakers and field trips.
The original Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) was started in 1979 by UTSA mathematics professor Dr. Manuel P. Berriozábal. Seven years later, PREP expanded throughout the state of Texas and became know as Texas PREP, or TexPREP for short. In 1997, thanks to a grant from NASA, TexPREP continued to grow and expand across the Nation and is now known simply as PREP-USA.
Participation in TexPREP is open to anyone, but TexPREP particularly targets students who are from traditionally underrepresented groups; such as minorities and females. TexPREP’s goal is to increase the number of competently prepared students who ultimately pursue postsecondary studies and careers in STEM by stressing the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills, as well as the application of this knowledge through coursework, team projects, class presentations, and examinations.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Middle and high school students entering grades seven through ten are encouraged to apply. Year 1 requirements include:
- Parental or guardian permission
- A recommendation letter from a mathematics teacher and a second recommendation from a Science or English teacher or school counselor
- Satisfactory conduct in all classes
- A 100 – 200 word essay on “Why I want to Attend TexPREP”
- Students in grades 6 and 7 require a 90 or better average in current mathematics, science and English class (85 or better if in honors or advanced placement)
- Students in grades 8, 9, and 10 require an 85 or better average in current mathematics, science and English class (80 or better if in honors or advanced placement)
- Students in grades 11 are admitted with special permission only, and students in grade 12 (graduating seniors) are not permitted to participate.
- Year 2, 3 and 4 requirements: Students who successfully complete Year 1, 2 or 3 of TexPREP are invited to apply for the following year of TexPREP
When are applications accepted?
Applications for TexPREP and PREP-USA have various start and closing dates and should be check at each individual sites web page.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Logic and Its Application to Mathematics||Algebraic Structures||Introduction to Technical Writing||Computer Science|
|Introduction to Engineering||Introduction to Physics||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling|
|Problem Solving I||Problem Solving II||Problem Solving III||Advanced Science Option:
|Research & Study||Research & Study||Research & Study||Research & Study|
|Career Awareness||Career Awareness||Career Awareness||Career Awareness|