In an effort to reach out to academically talented underrepresented minorities and young women, the Office of Enrollment Management hosted their annual Science, Technology, Arts, and Architecture at Rensselaer (STAR) program at Rensselaer from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.
The program provides high school seniors with an opportunity to get a glimpse of campus life at Rensselaer through a variety of programs that included: attending classes with their Rensselaer student hosts; leadership training with the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development; panel discussions with students; informational sessions on admissions, financial aid, and student life; and cultural offerings, tours, and dinners, among other things.
In welcoming the students to campus, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson applauded their academic achievements, personal growth, and commitment to others.
“STAR is our commitment to you a commitment to reach out to academically talented young men and women, and to offer you the opportunity to develop your talents to the highest level, and to shine in a much larger universe,” said President Jackson. “It is a commitment to your success.”
President Jackson also encouraged the students to think of their own futures, the future of the United States, and the complex global challenges that face the nation, and the world.
“You are part of the solution: our nation needs more scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, and our nation is not producing enough of them,” President Jackson said. Why do we need these talented professionals? Because they are the ones who make the discoveries, who innovate, who identify and solve problems, who create future industries who ‘change the world,’ as we say in our motto.”
This year, approximately 117 students participated in the program. The visitors included students from the Capital Region and New York City. The students also came from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various parts of the Northeast, among others.
The program was organized by Michael Moore, associate director of minority recruitment. Additional Rensselaer groups involved in the programs included the Office of Minority Student Affairs & HEOP, the Women’s Mentor Program, numerous academic departments, and several Rensselaer Union student clubs such as the Black Students Alliance, Phi Iota Alpha, the Society of Women Engineers, and the African and Caribbean Students Association.
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