SHPE Foundation

SHPE Foundation Pre-College Symposium


The SHPE Foundation Pre-College Symposium was created to inspire underserved youth populations to attend college while also introducing STEM careers through hands-on activities and workshops.  By encouraging middle and high school students to study STEM, leading companies will have access to a pool of diverse, qualified applicants.

The Pre-College Symposium is held every year in conjunction with the SHPE National Conference. As of the 2012 Pre-College Symposium, the event occurs at a college located within driving distance of the SHPE National Conference. By holding the symposium at a college, students are able to experience a campus and the college atmopshere while also being inspired to receive a post-secondary education.

The one-day event features several hands-on activities and workshops related to financial aid, college choice, college admissions, and navigating college life. Students will also attend a college fair and meet with college representatives. Last year’s Pre-College Symposium occurred at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and welcomed over 500 attendees.

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A group of students smile for a picture during the 2013 Pre-College Symposium in Indianapolis, IN

2014 Pre-College Symposium

This year, the Pre-College Symposium will be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on November 7, 2014 and is limited to the first 400 middle and high school students that register.

  • High School and Middle School Schedule: Coming soon!
  • Meals: Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided
  • Program Fee: $5.00 per student and per chaperone
  • Chaperone(s): One (1) chaperone required per ten (10) students
  • Release Forms: Each student will be required to submit a Parent Permission, Emergency Contact & Liability Release Form and an option Photograph Release & Consent Form.

Please check back soon for more updates

To register or receive more information on the 2014 Pre-College Symposium please contact We also invite you to visit the SHPE Conference 2014 website for the conference's entire offerings.