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Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute

Talented, motivated kids spring from every background, culture, and neighborhood. But not all of them have access to programs or people that allow them to visualize how their dreams can become real.

Lehigh University's Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is a chance for deserving kids to experience the challenge and thrill of science, technology, engineering and math in a cooperative, team-based environment.

Topics and projects are drawn from across majors and disciplines. It's a lab-based, research-centric approach to learning that provides a glimpse into the world of science and technology through a variety of settings and activities.

Lehigh students and faculty lead these enriching academic experiences, serving as mentors and role models and breathing life into the idea that such a future is within reach.

For high-schoolers from underrepresented groups, many of whom would be first-generation college students, SEI may activate dreams they didn't even know they had.

How students are selected

In 2018, SEI has launched a partnership exclusively with school districts represented on the Lehigh University School Study Council (LUSCC) to select students in our region for whom the program would resonate deeply—and for whom such a program would typically be out of reach.

LUSCC is 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.

SEI Highlights

  • 50 motivated high school juniors and seniors per session
  • Students selected for participation by school districts across the Lehigh Valley, and beyond
  • Exposure to STEM through hands-on collaborative projects, dynamic classroom discussion, and field trips to regional science and tech/businesses and research centers
  • Topics include 3D printing, robotics, nanoscience, earthquake mitigation, bioengineering, environmental remediation, computer science, and more