CalTech Joins the LEAD Program

The Leadership Education and Development Summer Engineering Institute recently was held on the campus of the California Institute of Technology. This is the first time that CalTech has participated in the LEAD program.

A group of 23 college high school sophomores and juniors from diverse backgrounds spent three weeks on the CalTech campus taking courses in computer science and neuroscience. The classes are taught by graduate students and CalTech faculty. Students in the program conduct a neuroscience research project and do some computer programming. In addition, field trips were scheduled and there was a full social agenda as well.

The goal of the LEAD engineering program is to increase the number of students from disadvantaged groups who study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Other Summer Engineering Institutes are being held this year at Georgia Tech and Villanova University.