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Mississippi State University - 2016

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Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • African Students Association
  • Diversity Programs
  • Minority Engineering Program
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)
  • Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliances for Minority Participation (LSMAMP)
  • Mechanical Engineering Ladies Organization
  • Mechanical Engineering Minority Organization
  • Society of Asian-American Scientists & Engineers
  • Women of Aerospace Engineering

Other Student Support Programs

The MSU Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (IMAGE) Program is part of the Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (MAMP), an NSF initiative. The objective of MAMP (and other state's AMP programs) is to prepare more under-represented minorities for graduate education in engineering, math, and science. The summer bridge recruitment and retention program for freshman minority students is a foundational component of this program. The participants in this program enroll at MSU during the second summer session prior to their fall admission. These students complete the pre-calculus course during this session. In addition to the class, the students have study halls, life skills programs and visit with the different departments to learn more about the various engineering majors. Some expenses (except personal expenses) for the summer bridge participants are paid for by the program. The retention rates for students who participate in this program is significantly higher than the overall retention rate for minority students in engineering who do not participate.

In addition to the IMAGE program, MSU also sponsors outreach activities for underrepresented minoriy students such as "I Am Girl" and "STEM on the Move". Through these programs and summer camp experiences, students gain knowledge via hands-on class work, laboratory investigations, and engineering presentations. The goal of these programs is to increase underrepresented student exposure to engineering role models, resulting in highly motivated secondary students and leading to future successful college students with an interest in STEM fields.

The College of Engineering operates an Engineering Living Learning Community for freshmen engineering students. In addition to a common living area, the community includes engineering mentors who help students adjust to college life and provide advice and guidance. This program also includes a week of design competitions the week prior to classes beginning in order allow entering students to make friends, learn their way around campus, and prepare for the start of classes.

Tutors are also provided in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Programming through the Engineering First-Year Experience (EFX). These tutors attend classes with the students and work in concert with the class professors. They then provide tutoring assistance to the students in those specific classes.