The Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is three/five-week academic program for middle and high school students in the tri-cities, Hopewell, Petersburg & Richmond and surrounding counties. The program currently takes place at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. The program is divided into five phases. Each phase addresses the needs of a specific grade and academic level. All phases attend daily sessions Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Phases I, II, and III are three week sessions held at VSU and VCU consecutively. The Research Assistant is a five-week program held at VCU.

The Summer Engineering Institute is divided into phases:

The phases are designed to encourage students to pursue and successfully complete education in science, mathematics, engineering and technological fields.

Family Orientation Program & daily attendance is mandatory! Students who apply for the program should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of a minority group (African American, American Indian, Hispanic) that is under-represented in engineering and technology
  • Be interested in learning about engineering as a career
  • Be academically talented, especially in mathematics and science
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JOIN TODAY! There are many advantage to becoming a member, not only will you be able to attend the annual conference, but you also have the opportunity to apply for various scholarships.




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