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 Seminars 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 known as the 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.
In 2013, TexPREP became part of the UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives. The Institute for P-20 Initiatives provides the required leadership necessary to enable pre-K through 20 students to develop and complete their educational goals through collaborative partnerships with K-12 and postsecondary institutes as well as those withing the greater San Antonio community.
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