School of Engineering

Summer Engineering Institute


The Summer Engineering Institute is a two-week residential program at the San Francisco State University campus, where participants will be provided with real-world context to the study of engineering through practical, meaningful, applied and hands-on problem solving and design-oriented projects.

Participants will engage in studies of mathematics, surveying, computer-aided design, and basic fundamentals of engineering. Daily activities will include classroom instruction, group and individual study, guest speakers, company tours, and recreational activities.

The participants will be divided into groups and each group will be responsible for completing two engineering projects. All materials and instructions will be provided. Participants will present their final engineering project in written and oral form to an Evaluation Committee. Awards recognizing student efforts will be presented at the Institute's Closing Ceremonies.


During the two-week period, participants will be housed at San Francisco State University's residential apartments. Living quarters will be appropriately designated for male and female students.

Transportation to SFSU at the beginning of the program and from SFSU at the end of the program will be the responsibility of the participant.

All meals will be provided, with accommodations for special dietary needs.


  • High school sophomores and juniors that have been nominated by their math or science teachers.
  • High school students who are considering studying a major in the STEM field.
  • Student in any Bay Area K-12 School district

Minimum GPA: 3.0 (We would like participants to have a minimum 3.0 GPA but understand that students sometimes face unexpected obstacles; you will have a chance to explain in the nomination application any extenuating circumstances you know of that have affected this student's GPA);

STEM Interest: Demonstrated interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) fields of study or careers;

Personal Attributes: Each candidate must possess at least three of the following four attributes:

  • Academic excellence
  • Self-Motivated, engaged and on-task
  • Able to work in teams
  • Maturity needed to participate in a 2 week residential program away from home.

The process by which your school/organization selects its STEM Institute nominees is entirely up to each school/organization, as long as the student(s) selected meet(s) the criteria above.

*Students in MESA, AVID, Upward Bound and other similar programs are strongly encouraged to apply.



  • All applications should be received (email or regular mail) by May 1, 2016
  • Send completed application to, or Cañada College Summer Enrichment Programs, Bldg 18 Rm 109, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061
  • Successful Applicants will be notified by May 29, 2016.

Questions? Call 650-306-3321.

The Summer Engineering Institute is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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