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The Ohio State University - 2016

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Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Minority Engineering Program
  • National Organization of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • Association for Computing Machinery - Women
  • Lambda Psi
  • Momentum: Students with Disabilities in STEM Fields at OSU
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Society of Women in Physics
  • Women in Aviation, International

Other Student Support Programs

First year and transfer students in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University attend an orientation program before their first semester at the University, during which they will be assigned an academic adviser who will help them determine what classes they will be taking. In a student’s first semester at Ohio State, their advisor will teach their Intro to Ohio State course. In this course students will see their advisor every week and will learn the basics of academic life at Ohio State: curriculum requirements, resources on campus, important dates and deadlines, and more. Our undergraduate students work with a dedicated team of academic advisors from their orientation program throughout their undergraduate education. From exploring majors to connecting with resources and opportunities on campus, these professionals are here to help students make the most of their academic experience at Ohio State.

Ohio's Science & Engineering Talent Expansion Program (OSTEP) is a partnership between OSU, Columbus State Community College, Washington State Community College, and Stark State College of Technology to increase the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates. This National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored program is designed to help students transition more easily into the freshman year in STEM majors and gives them a head start in both the academic and non-academic sides of the first-year experience at The Ohio State University.

The Minority Engineering Program (MEP) at The Ohio State University was established in 1977 as a leading partner in the national effort to increase diversity, outreach, and inclusion, especially in engineering profession by increasing the participation of under-represented minority (URMs) groups, in particular African American, Latino/Hispanics Americans, and Native American students. MEP is a comprehensive program that offers activities throughout the educational pipeline from the pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate levels by working collaboratively with other university offices to increase the number of minority students pursuing graduate degrees in engineering. The program offers a variety of workshops and other activities to elementary, middle and high school students including “Engineer For A Day” and “Noche de Ciencias” for 5th through 8th grade participants the opportunity to spend the day working on STEM related projects and experiments; “Shadow Day” and “STEM Challenge” for 9th through11th students the opportunity to attend classes and go on tours with current undergraduate engineering student hosts; and our “MEP STARS” for 11th and 12th grade students is a week-long residential summer camp which introduces various engineering disciplines through tours, presentations and hands-on-projects as well as providing invaluable insight into the college admission and scholarship process.

As a continuation of the educational pipeline, MEP recruits 30 incoming freshmen into our summer bridge residence program called Pre-First Year Academic and Career Exploration Program (PREFACE) annually. This four-week program promotes academic excellence, collaborative learning, professional development and leadership for incoming first year engineering students. Support for PREFACE students continues into the academic year and is available through the MEP Learning Community for 1st and 2nd year students. In collaboration with Residential Life and engineering professionals, students will continue to increase their self-efficacy, collaborative leadership skills, and build a strong sense of community through research based retention programming.

For enrolled students, the program serves approximately 450 undergraduate students. MEP offers a variety of programs and activities to encourage scholarship, academic and social integration, and leadership. Each academic year begins with the MEP Open House to welcome both returning and new students. Our MEP seminar course focuses on professional and leadership development; career counseling; and mentoring with professional engineering alumni. In addition, students receive information including MEP programs and services, Academic Coaching in Engineering (ACE) supplemental instruction, and academic support through our retention efforts. At the close of each academic year the program offers an Annual Awards Banquet which celebrates excellence in academic achievement and leadership, and provides inspiration for both honorees and non-honorees. Students, their families, OSU faculty and staff, engineering employers, and alumni attend. Lastly, MEP advises four minority engineering student groups, NSBE, SHPE, AISES, and Lambda Psi (Minority Honorary).

The Women in Engineering (WIE) Program offers innovative outreach, recruitment and retention programs to increase the number of women students pursuing engineering and promote their academic, professional and personal success. Each year, WiE reaches over 1600 undergraduates, 400 graduate-level students, and hundreds of students in K-12 outreach efforts. Pre-college students can apply for admission to one of WiE’s programs, which serve young women entering grades 8th " 12th.

Academic year programs for middle through high school students include: WiE DREAM, a one-day event for middle school girls in grades 7-8 who want to find out more about engineering and engineering-related careers; WiE EXPLORE, a one-day event for girls in grades 9-10 who want to participate in hands on engineering activities, tour engineering labs and interact with undergraduate women engineering students throughout the day and during a panel discussion, all while OSU classes are in session. WiE RISE is a six-day residential summer program for rising 11th and 12th grade girls where participants are engage in engineering activities run by OSU CoE Office of Diversity and Inclusion and women engineering students. The participants also travel to local industry to observe engineering in the real world.

Incoming first year students can choose to be a part of the first year Women in Engineering Learning Community (WiE LC), an early arrival program hosted by WiE for new first year students selected to live in the Women in Engineering Learning Community located in Torres House residence hall. WiE LC includes a four-day program designed to immerse students into the OSU environment early, allowing them familiarize themselves with college departments, offices and resources to help them succeed. Second year engineering students can select to return to the WiE LC for the Second year LC experience. The 2nd year WiE LC students are placed in Torres House with the 1st year WiE LC students and act as “big sisters” to the 1st year students. Participants of the program are clustered in the Women in Engineering Seminar Class Engineering 1195 during Autumn Semester. Second year students have the option to enroll in the Spring semester offering of Engineering 1195.02 that brings professionals into the classroom to talk about what they can do with their undergraduate degrees, and sign up for a mentoring program that groups WiE LC second year students with upper class female engineering students and professional mentors. WiE will provide opportunities for mentorship between students to benefit from a peer support network and the advice of alumnae and professionals. Professional development activities are integrated into the mentoring program. Each spring, WiE hosts an annual banquet to honor undergraduate- and graduate-level women who have excelled academically and/or in a position of leadership. Students, faculty/staff and corporate partners participate in the banquet. To communicate information about upcoming professional development events, job and scholarship opportunities, and other important announcements, WiE relies on the program website, Facebook page, twitter account, and newsletters. WiE also collaborates with OSU’s student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and supports the engineering Women’s graduate student council.

The Engineering Technical Communications (ETC) Resources and Consulting unit ( within the Department of Engineering Education assists engineering students in strengthening their technical communication skills, with a particular focus on the types of communication specific to their academic and career needs. Students learn the importance of rhetorical principles in effective communication, develop strategies for critically analyzing audience and context, and learn to utilize technology to produce professional quality writing. The curriculum stresses the importance of each stage of the writing process and teaches students varied strategies for researching and documenting sources.