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University of California, San Diego - 2016

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Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • Women in Computing

Other Student Support Programs

The Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, and Advancement (IDEA Student Center) at the Jacobs School of Engineering is committed to fostering a supportive environment for diverse engineering students at UC San Diego. The IDEA Center values and honors diverse experiences and we believe diversity is integral to excellence. We are a student-centered office that serves pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate engineering students. The Center is a hub for student engagement, academic enrichment, personal/professional development, leadership and community involvement, and a respectful learning environment for all. Our efforts are grounded in a commitment to ensure that UCSD engineering students reflect the richly diverse global community and that we foster an environment that prepares all engineering students to be fully engaged, technological leaders and well-rounded citizens.

IDEA Study Lab: The IDEA Study Lab is a space where engineering students can study and obtain free tutoring provided by our Engineering Honor Societies, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. Tutoring is available primarily for the gateway engineering courses, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Orientation to Engineering (ENG 1, 2, 3): This course series aims at increasing student retention in engineering, specifically amongst students who need assistance transitioning into college from high school or community college. These courses introduce students to the various fields of engineering, help them learn to navigate and manage their program within the Jacobs School both personally and academically, and provide valuable exposure and contacts with representatives from industry as well as with officers of engineering student organizations, specifically, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

IDEA Scholars Program: The goal of the Jacobs School’s IDEA Scholars Program is to foster community building and academic excellence among our incoming engineering students. Each year, a cohort of 50 freshmen from diverse backgrounds attend a 5-day Summer Pre-Engineering Program to prepare them academically for the rigor of engineering studies. IDEA Scholars complete the ENG 1, 2, 3 series, participate in research, receive mentorship, and receive relevant services and support throughout their time in college to ensure they graduate with an engineering degree.

Summer Pre-Engineering Program (PrEP): Summer PrEP emphasizes motivational and social aspects of engineering, providing tools to aid in the transition from high school or community college to UCSD, while introducing students to existing engineering and academic resources on campus. During the 3-5 day residential program students participate in team-building activities, academic-themed workshops, and learn about campus academic resources.

Jacobs Undergraduate Mentoring Program (JUMP): JUMP is a community of engineering students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni, who provide support, advice, guidance, and experience to all members. A ladder arrangement provides the structure for JUMP in which two underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) are paired with one upperclassman (junior or senior) forming a mentor-mentee relationship. Two of these groups are then paired with a graduate student, forming a “mentor group”. Through this structure, mentorship and positive role models are provided at multiple levels: from peers, graduate students, and alumni. In addition to regular small group meetings, all participants attend two large group meetings per quarter. Alumni who are now engineering professionals are invited to each quarterly meeting to allow participants to network and interact with past Jacobs School students.

Transfer Engineering Academic Mentorship Program (T.E.A.M.): The IDEA T.E.A.M program is designed to assist new transfer students in making a successful adjustment to UC San Diego as an engineering student. Mentees are paired with a transfer mentor who provides resources, experience, and the opportunity to connect with other transfer students. Group mentoring and one-on one mentoring are both available.

Success Workshops for Emerging Engineering in Training (SWEET): SWEET encompasses a series of workshops during the academic year for all undergraduate students. Topics relate to academic success, graduate preparation, professional development, career preparation, and engineering leadership.

Diversity Student Organizations: The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) chapters at UC San Diego focus on the academic and professional development of underrepresented groups in engineering. Students develop a sense of community and belonging, develop leadership skills, network with chapter professionals/faculty, and participate in outreach activities to increase the educational pipeline of diverse students in engineering.