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Prefreshman Engineering Program accepting applications for summer 2012

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(Dec. 12, 2011) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio announced the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) is accepting applications for summer 2012 enrollment. The program serves high-achieving students in grades six through 11 with an interest in math, science and engineering.

PREP 2012 is scheduled for June 13-July 31, 2012, and tentatively will be at the UTSA Main and Downtown campuses, St. Philip's College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lakeview College, San Antonio College, University of the Incarnate Word-Dual Enrollment Center, Our Lady of the Lake University and St. Mary's University.

"PREP began in 1979 at one venue with 50 students," said Rudy Reyna, PREP executive director. "Since that time, many organizations have offered their support, allowing us to expand the program to serve more students. Last summer, 1,198 students completed the program at nine San Antonio locations. PREP had an additional 2,286 students in other Texas cities and 500 in other states."

PREP was founded at UTSA by mathematics professor Manuel Berriozabal to provide high-achieving students (particularly minorities and females) excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with instruction to prepare them for careers in those areas. The academically intense curriculum stresses the hands-on applications of abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills.

The seven-week, STEM-based program is presented over four summers. PREP I focuses on mathematical logic and introductory engineering principles. PREP II focuses on algebraic structures and physics. PREP III offers students an introduction to technical writing and probability and statistics. PREP IV introduces students to computer science and advanced engineering projects.

Applications for the summer 2012 PREP must be postmarked by Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, to be eligible for consideration. The program cost is $300 per student, although many San Antonio schools and school districts provide funding for a select number of students to participate in the summer program. Students should see their school career counselors to determine if they qualify for financial support.

To learn more about PREP 2012 or to apply, visit the PREPUSA website (click on "Students" in the upper left corner, then choose "San Antonio PREP") or contact the PREP Central Office at 210-458-2060.



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

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UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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