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Engineering Summer Program
The Engineering Summer Program (ESP), part of the Engineering Recruitment Program (ERP), was created in 2007 by the 80th Texas Legislature. Its purpose is to provide middle and high school students with opportunities to participate in one-week summer engineering programs.

ESP was active during summers of 2008 to 2011. Funding for the program was not appropriated for 2012 and 2013, but the program was funded again for the summers of 2014 to 2017. During the six years the program was conducted, 1,522 middle and high school students participated at up to 24 four-year institutions with engineering programs. Each institution enrolled a minimum of 20 students per ESP.

ESP Project Summaries from previous years: 2014, 2015, 2016

Program Procedure and Awards Lists: 2014, 2015, 2016

Programs are conducted on the campuses of Texas public and independent higher education institutions that offer degree programs in engineering. For Summer 2016, there is $250,000 available to support 26 public and eight independent institutions eligible to participate in the program. Funding will be divided equally among the institutions that submit a completed application.

ESP Request for Application (RFA): RFA for 2017

Middle and/or high school students are eligible to participate in week long ESP experiences. Application requirements for students are set by the participating institution. Admission to the ESP is selective. Participating students receive instruction in math, science, and engineering concepts. The goal of the program is to provide students with an early opportunity to explore engineering as a potential career and to help prepare students for the academic rigors of engineering coursework.

Forms and Reporting

For further information, contact:

Engineering Summer Program
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Academic Quality and Workforce
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711

Jessica Acton
Program Director

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