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Interested in Unite? Register for summer 2023 opens in February. 

Unite is a four-to-six week, pre-collegiate summer experience for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM. Held at higher education institutions across the country, Unite encourages students to pursue college majors and careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through a program of focused hands-on rigorous academics, enrichment and career exploration.

You'll Get To...

  • learn how science, technology, engineering and mathematics have applications in the real world
  • gain confidence in your ability to participate in STEM activities
  • collaborate and solve problems as a member of a team
  • learn firsthand from college students and professionals how engaging STEM studies and careers can be
  • be better prepared to pursue STEM majors in college and, ultimately, in future careers

Eligibility

  • Rising 9th through rising 12th grade students are eligible.
  • Students must be from groups historically underserved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Eligibility varies by location; check the specific site listing for additional information.
    • The AEOP defines underserved participants as those who possess at least two of the following criteria: 
      • attend a rural, frontier/tribal or Title I school
      • low-income students (qualify for free or reduced price lunch) 
      • identify as female
      • identify as racial/ethnic minority in STEM (Alaska Native or Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
      • students with English as a second language
      •  first generation college student
      • students with disabilities
      • and/or are a dependent of a military service member or veteran.

      Summer 2023 Unite sites are listed in the map below. 

Information for Volunteers

Unite programs engage volunteers to interact with students (as program assistants, mentors, speakers, etc.) during the summer. Inquiries about volunteering should be sent to specific Unite site directors.

Important Dates

February 2023
Student applications open

May 2023
Student applications close

March – May 2023
Selected students notified by Unite site directors (varies by site)

June – August 2023
Students participate in Unite program (varies by site)

Downloadable Materials

Interested in This Program?

If you are interested in this program contact Mimi Leonard by email. We'd love to hear from you!

  • Janay Gilmore

    FEATURED STUDENT

    Janay Gilmore

    Unite

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  • A Summer of STEM for AEOP’S 2022 Unite Students!

    Unite ON THE BLOG

    A Summer of STEM for AEOP’S 2022 Unite Students!

    July 18, 2022

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    Program Locations

    Click a highlighted state to find a location near you

    Colorado Springs, CO
    University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS)
    Site Director: Ms. Vicki Taylor
    Program dates: TBD
    The Unite program is offered to rising 10th through 12th grade students that are part of the UCCS Pre-Collegiate program. Please reach out if you have any questions to Vicki Taylor at vtaylor5@uccs.edu. 

    Homestead, FL
    Miami Dade College, Homestead (MDCH)
    Site Director: Ms. Jasmine Johnson
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications will be accepted only from rising 9th through 12th grade students who are enrolled in the Miami Dade College, Homestead Upward Bound program.

    Tallahassee, FL
    Florida State University (FSU)

    Site Directors: Dr. Faye Jones and Mr. Ebe Randeree
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 12th grade students enrolled in Leon and surrounding counties.

     

    Savannah, GA
    Savannah State University (SSU)
    Site Director: Dr. Asad Yousuf
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 10th through rising 11th grade students enrolled in the Savannah State University Upward Bound program.

    Indianapolis, IN
    University of Indianapolis (UIndy)
    Site Director: Dr. Paul Talaga
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 10th and 11th grade students from Marion, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock, Boone, Hamilton, and Madison counties in Indiana.

    Lawrence, KS
    University of Kansas (KU)
    Site Director: Ms. Marilynn Chavez
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted only from students enrolled in the KU Upward Bound program, or the KU Upward Bound Math Science-LT program.

    Baltimore, MD
    Morgan State University (MSU)
    Site Director: Dr. Candice Marshall
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications will be accepted from rising juniors and seniors anywhere!

    Cambridge, MA
    Massachusetts Institute of Tech (MIT)
    Site Director: Douglas X. Shattuck
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications will be accepted from rising 9th through 12th grade students from eastern Middlesex and southern Essex counties including but not limited to the cities of Cambridge, Malden, Everett, Chelsea, Medford, Lynn, Saugus, Wakefield, Somerville, Woburn, and Stoneham Massachusetts.

    Jackson, MS
    Jackson State University (JSU)
    Site Director: Dr. Francis Tuluri
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted only from rising 9th-grade level (going from 8th grade to 9th grade) students enrolled in middle schools centered around Jackson State University (preferably over a radius of about 30 miles).

    St. Louis, MO
    Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
    Site Director: Dr. Tracey O. Hermanstyne and Ms. Lauren Johnson
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from 9th through rising 12th grade students enrolled in St. Louis Metropolitan area high schools in Missouri.

    Butte, MT
    Montana Tech (MT)
    Site Directors: Ms. Amy Verlanic
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 12th grade students enrolled in Anaconda, Butte, Helena and Capital high schools in MT.

    Newark, NJ
    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
    Site Director: Ms. Suzanne Berliner-Heyman
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 10th grade girls living within commuting distance of NJIT.

    Albuquerque, NM
    University of New Mexico (UNM)
    Site Director: Ms. Elsa Castillo and Ms. Anyssa Choy
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th, 10th and 11th grade students living in New Mexico.
    Students are required to submit applications to BOTH (1. Unite and (2. The internal University application to be able to compete for a position in the program. Any questions about our Summer Program or to inquire about our internal application, must be sent to: ess@unm.edu OR (505) 280-1833. Elsa Maria Castillo, Director or Anyssa Choy, Coordinator. Subject line for emails: UNITE@UNM

    Fayetteville, NC
    Fayetteville State University (FSU)
    Site Director: Ms. Kendra Simon
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 12th grade students enrolled in the FSU TRIO Talent Search program.

    Greensboro, NC
    North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NCAT)
    Site Director: Dr. Robert Cobb, Jr.
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 12th grade students enrolled in the NCAT Educational Talent Search program. 

    Stillwater, OK
    Oklahoma State University
    Site Director: Dr. Libby Adjei
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 12th grade students enrolled in Cleveland HS, Pawnee HS, Pawhuska HS, Perkins-Tryon HS, and Woodland HS in Oklahoma.

    Philadelphia, PA
    University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
    Site Director: Mr. Ocek Eke
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th and rising 10th grade students enrolled in Philadelphia (PA) Public Schools.

    San Juan, PR
    University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (UPR, RP)
    Site Directors: Dr. Jose Nieves and Dr. Peter Feng
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications will be accepted from rising 9th-12th grade students who attend Puerto Rico schools.

    San Antonio, TX
    University of the Incarnate Word (UIW)
    Site Director: Stephanie Weiss-Lopez
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 10th grade students enrolled in San Antonio, TX, and Bexar County. 

    Odessa, TX
    The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB)
    Site Director: George Nnanna, Ph.D.
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 12th grade students enrolled in Permian High School, Odessa High School, Midland High School, Early College High School, UTPB STEM Academy, and New Tech high schools in Odessa and Midland Texas.

    Blacksburg, VA
    Virginia Tech (VT)
    Site Director: Ms. Frances Clark
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted only from high school students enrolled in the VT Upward Bound program. For more information and to apply: https://trioprograms.vt.edu/ 

    Petersburg, VA
    Virginia State University (VSU)
    Site Director: Dr. Michael Rainey
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 12th grade students who attend Tri-Cities area schools.

    Huntington, WV
    Marshall University
    Site Director: Dr. Shelvy Campbell
    Program dates: TBD
    Applications accepted from rising 9th through rising 12th grade students from surrounding states or other states if willing to travel.

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