14 April 2011
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 May 2012 22:26
The Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program is sponsored by the Academy of Applied Science. The program is available to students who are interested in pursuing studies in the Sciences, Engineering fields and in Technology. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for students who are from economically or socially disadvantaged families.
The students work alongside college professors and graduate students who are involved in actual scientific research for the government and private corporations. The high school students selected are academically proficient even though some are limited in their English. A goal in this program is to expand the student's background and understanding of scientific research. These apprenticeships have provided valuable experiences that have motivated the students academically and have allowed them to develop their self-esteem and social competence. They have become more assertive while being more tolerant of others when working cooperatively.
We firmly believe that this program has contributed in a positive manner in helping to reduce the Hispanic drop out rate in the secondary schools.
This program is dedicated to the students who believe in the following: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" -- John F. Kennedy.
The REAP program is run by Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey with the help of Mr. Fernando Hernandez (Socorro Independent School District) and Grace Awad, 915 747-5701.