The Virtual Engineering Summer Program is designed for rising 9th and 10th grade students to partake in a free, one-week online program focused on exploring the field of engineering. Virtual ESP provides an opportunity to explore what being an engineer means and experience engineering at a surface level.
2023 Virtual ESP will run June 26th – June 30th
ESP is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to engage in a free, three-week residential program with interactive programming similar to a first year engineering experience at UW-Madison. Students will participate in hands-on workshops, visit industry sites, go on field trips, and receive mentoring from faculty.
2023 ESP will run July 15th – August 4th
The Virtual Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a free, one-week online program for students who will be high school freshmen or sophomores in the upcoming school year. Virtual ESP programming will explore the various engineering majors within the College of Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Participants will experience the engineering design process firsthand through design kits mailed out to them. Other structured programming such as college preparatory workshops, and undergraduate mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications.
Virtual ESP is highly selective and program acceptance is not made on any single metric – applicants are reviewed holistically.
Virtual ESP is an exploratory summer program designed to introduce engineering concepts to and encourage students historically underrepresented in engineering (e.g. first generation, low-income, students from diverse communities, LGTBQ+, and women) to explore engineering.
To take part in ESP, you must:
The Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a free, three-week residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in engineering. Participants will experience living on UW-Madison’s campus while getting a sense of what it means to be a Badger Engineer. Beyond the ESP core curriculum of math, physics, chemistry and engineering design, students will participate in hands-on workshops, visit industry sites, go on field trips, and receive mentoring from faculty. Each ESP participant will build life-long connections while furthering their passion for engineering.
ESP is highly selective and program acceptance is not made on any single metric – applicants are reviewed holistically.
ESP is a dynamic academic enrichment summer program designed to introduce engineering concepts to and encourage high achieving students historically underrepresented in engineering (e.g. first generation, low-income, students from diverse communities, LGTBQ+, and women) to explore engineering.
ESP participants can expect a full schedule of rigorous classes, taught by UW-Madison faculty. Students take coursework in four content areas:
ESP challenges students to think creatively, work in teams and draw on previous knowledge and experiences to solve problems both inside and outside the classroom. ESP provides participants with a hands-on experience in design, in addition to group study and problem solving skills that are transferable to future high school and collegiate coursework.
Students will also participate in faculty-led discussions, team building activities, and professional development workshops to help students navigate complicated topics like college admissions, campus life, and financial aid. Additionally, industrial site visits are integrated into the program to enable interaction with practicing engineers at companies like Alliant Energy, Delve, GE Healthcare, Rockwell Automation, and Spectrum Brands.
Housing and meals are included as part of the program. While attending ESP, participants will reside in Dejope Hall — a University Housing residence hall conveniently located in the Lakeshore neighborhood. To foster a real sense of community, students will share a room with another ESP participant. Each air-conditioned room includes twin beds with linens and pillows, a mini-fridge, desks, and internet. There are no in-room telephones, so students are encouraged to bring a cell phone. Laundry and vending machines are available on the main floor, at the cost of the participant. Meals will be served three times per day, seven days a week in Dejope Hall. Dining services will provide a variety of delicious and healthy meals, and dietary restrictions can be readily accommodated.
Participants will be supervised by program staff. Current undergraduate students are hired and trained to provide supervision and daily programming — including weekends. The counselors live in Dejope Hall with the participants.
Engineering Summer ProgramCollege of EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison1410 Engineering Drive, Suite 101Madison, WI 53706
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