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Pre-College and Research Programs

Beginning as early as 5th grade, students can get involved with programs to help prepare them for a university education.

Upward Bound Math and Science (SEEMS) – The Summer Experiences in Earth and Mineral Sciences is a program where the College hosts approx. 50 high school students from urban areas. The students are then split up and placed in research groups, supervised by faculty and graduate students. In addition to the research they perform, they take academic classes to help prepare them for college matriculation.


Pre-First Year in Science and Engineering (PREF) - PREF is a summer bridge program specially designed for entering first year students in an engineering or science based major at Penn State. Preparatory courses for first year calculus, physics, chemistry and English are offered, along with a time management and study skills course to ensure academic success.


HOPES (Hurricane’s Outreach Program to Educate Scientists)
An outreach program for minority students in grades four through eight in the Philadelphia area to inspire and educate them about science, math, and meteorology in particular. In addition to other activities in the Philadelphia area and at the NBC studios, the program includes visits to Penn State Meteorology, AccuWeather, and the NWS in Mt. Holly, NJ. This program was brought to fruition and is lead by Penn state alumnus and well-known broadcast meteorologist, Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz.


Research Programs

Enhance your education with the following research programs designed to increase your potential.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) - The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is an eight-week research program designed to interest talented undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in academic careers and to enhance their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors. In addition to the research experience, the program includes professional development workshops, seminars, field trips, and social activities.