Lehigh University’s Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is a two-week summer residential program of intensive classroom study and research for talented, rising high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups. The program has been redesigned to provide opportunities for diverse and/or first-generation students.  Hosted by Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, SEI provides enrichment experiences in the fields of engineering and technology. A major goal of the program is to encourage young talent to pursue careers in these areas and other STEM disciplines, thereby fostering global competitiveness in engineering and technology and other STEM disciplines. The core of the program is a cooperative living and learning environment, in which participants are encouraged to work in teams, to solve complex problems, both in the classroom and in the laboratory, using the sophisticated technology and facilities available at Lehigh University.
  • Session I: July 5-July 18, 2020 (cancelled)
  • Session II: July 19-August 1, 2020 (cancelled)
SEI maintains a partnership with the Lehigh University School Study Council (LUSCC), a consortium of regional school districts that partner with Lehigh's College of Education to participate in executive and professional development experiences and share best practices among key school leaders across the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Districts represented on the Council offer exclusive access to students in our region for whom the program would resonate deeply, and typically be out of reach.

SEI Student Profile:
The right students for SEI are rising juniors or seniors in high school who would have a reasonable expectation of success at a college like Lehigh, but they may live in challenging socioeconomic circumstances, perhaps among the first generation in their family to consider collegiate studies. They are academically capable and personally responsible enough to handle a two-week stay on a college campus, and may be considered an “underrepresented group” in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But most of all they would enthusiastically engage in labs, classrooms, and field trips, learning alongside our dedicated staff of college-aged mentors and faculty members.

SEI Selection Process:
Students will each be nominated by their district for a specific SEI session. To assure as much equity in the process as possible, Lehigh is dividing up the total number of available slots for SEI among the districts represented on the Council, in proportion to the total enrollment at high schools within each district. Each superintendent work with in-school personnel to identify students for each slot granted to their district. 


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