Reston, VA (PRWEB) February 15, 2012
The 2012 UNITE Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available to colleges and universities interested in offering a summer UNITE program for rising 9th through 12th students. UNITE is a four-to -six week, pre-collegiate summer program for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The initiative is part of the portfolio of outreach efforts contained in the U.S. Army’s Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement (YSCOA).
Coordinated by the Technology Student Association (TSA) and funded by the U.S. Army, the UNITE program encourages and helps prepare high school students to pursue a college education in engineering. UNITE provides academic and social support to participants so that they have the ability and confidence to become successful engineers.
Host sites for the UNITE program are selected through an annual competitive process. Funding for seven to twelve summer 2012 programs is anticipated. Institutions that seek more information about the UNITE program or that wish to submit a proposal should visit the TSA website at http://www.tsaweb.org/TSA-UNITE, or contact Hillary Lee at 703/860-9000 or by email at lhee(at)tsaweb(dot)org. The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 24, 2012. UNITE sites will be announced in mid-March.
TSA is a national organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Open to young people enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 150,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA partners with universities and other organizations to promote a variety of STEM competitions and opportunities for students and teachers. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with providing a positive influence in their lives.
About the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)
The AEOP is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. From elementary school through graduate school, students of all proficiency levels, interests, and ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real world experiences involving these important disciplines.