Reaching Out at STAR Outreach Program
In an effort to reach out to academically talented underrepresented minorities and young women, the Office of Enrollment Management hosted the annual Science, Technology, Arts, and Architecture at Rensselaer (STAR) program at Rensselaer from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.
“Rensselaer Admissions continues to expand our outreach to underrepresented minority students in order to provide them greater opportunities to explore their options in engineering and the sciences,” said James Nondorf, vice president for enrollment. “The marked increase in underrepresented minority applicants for the Class of 2013 shows that we are reaching a greater number of these students.”
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 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 more than 110 students to campus, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson applauded their academic achievements, personal growth, and commitment to others.
“STAR is our commitment to youa 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.”
She 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 industrieswho ‘change the world,’ as we say in our motto.”