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Prefreshman Engineering Program at NMSU accepting applications for summer 2005

The Las Cruces Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) is accepting applications for its summer 2005 classes.

PREP is an intensive, seven-week course at New Mexico State University designed to help middle school students prepare for careers in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics. This year's program dates are June 6-July 22. Middle school students from Las Cruces, Gadsden and Hatch may enroll in the program during 6th, 7th or 8th grade and remain for three years. While PREP is aimed at underrepresented minorities and females, all are welcome to apply. The deadline for applications is March 1.

The free program is sponsored by The Intel Foundation, the Hewlett Packard Foundation, the Wolslager Foundation, the Jerome and Joyce Cutler Shaw Foundation, the New Mexico Summer Food Foundation, Aramark and others. PREP offers participants special courses in logic, algebraic structures, physics and technical writing. Problem-solving seminars equip students with the tools and desire to complete pre-calculus and calculus in high school. The program also includes career awareness seminars and field trips to high-tech research facilities.

"PREP is not just academics, it's an entire package," says Director Alyne Fulte.

The PREP program is in its ninth year. Of 84 past participants who responded to a recent follow-up survey, 79 are in college, three are college graduates and two are in the military. More than half of those attending college are majoring in science, engineering or mathematics, 77 percent are members of underrepresented minority groups, and 55 percent are female.

For more information on the PREP program, call Fulte at (505) 646-3131 or e-mail her at lcprep@nmsu.edu.