October 21, 2020

Summer 2020 was one of many changes. For students enrolled in the AEOP Unite program, it was a welcome shift from the uncertainty of the spring. Though online, students took advantage of this immersive STEM education and career program at 18 university campuses across the United States. They engaged in STEM academics and hands-on activities, explored potential STEM pathways and career opportunities, and interacted with practicing engineers and scientists.

“I am so grateful to be able to work with such an amazing team of people and such enthusiastic learners. This program has done an excellent job of remaining student centered and encouraging students to have a growth mindset so that they are viable members of any institution of their choosing,” says Kady Muhhamed, an Environmental Science instructor in the Miami Dade College Homestead campus Unite program.

By partnering with higher education institutions, Unite connects participants with college student role models, as well as faculty and STEM professionals. Students are able to ask questions and see firsthand what a future in STEM might look like.

As University of Kansas Unite participant Aubrey said, “Overall, Unite has been a unique and rare opportunity. I am very grateful to have participated. I know these skills have opened more windows for me in STEM.”

AEOP has wasted no time getting ready for another great summer. Whether remote or in-person, summer 2021 is sure to be amazing. We can’t wait to see what is in store.

Interested students may apply for the 2021 summer Unite program beginning in February. Check the Unite page on the AEOP website for the most up to date program locations and contact information.

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