Electrical Engineering Mentorship
Program (EEMP)

An immersive summer experience in electrical engineering

Description

The Electrical Engineering Mentorship Program (EEMP) is a 5-week summer program designed to provide high school students an introduction to the field of electrical engineering and an opportunity to pursue their own research interests within the field.

By exploring topics in circuits, computer architecture, software engineering, signal processing, and embedded systems, this free and accessible program is a valuable tool for aspiring electrical engineers (like you!). The program provides resources that empower students to explore the world of electrical engineering with resources, including open-source software, open-access papers, volunteer mentors, and more. Students will then be able to employ these resources to pursue their own individual independent project that will eventually culminate in a presentation and a write-up by the end of the summer.

Requirements

Students participating in EEMP are expected to dedicate around 10-20 hours per week on the program, but this requirement is flexible. In addition, students must be available for most of the program dates: Beginning of July - Beginning of August (we will update specific dates soon). There are absolutely no other requirements. We currently expect to be able to accommodate all interested students. However, if spots do become limited, preference will be given to:

  • Students underrepresented in electrical engineering or higher education;

  • Upperclassmen who have never had the opportunity to participate in formal scientific projects; and

  • Students who are not taking part in another summer internship or are unable to participate in enriching summer activities (e.g. those who have to take care of siblings or family members for an extended period of time, have summer work commitments that bars one from taking part in career-oriented activities, among others).

Program Structure

EEMP is a pilot program that will be offered for the first time summer 2024. The curriculum is currently in development, with plans for recorded weekly lectures and a journal club. We will update this with specific details soon!

As a part of this program, each student will get the opportunity to pursue their own independent research project. There will be weekly check-ins with their individual mentor on the progress of the project

During the last week of the program, each student will present their individual project in a 10 to 15-minute presentation. In conjunction with the presentation, each student will submit--and keep--a project paper that can be used as a research supplement in college or other applications. Some students in the past have submitted their papers into student journals, which is great! However, keep in mind that the central focus of this program is first and foremost on enabling students to think carefully, deeply, and playfully as a scientist.