Minority Engineering Programs (MEP)

We focus on ensuring a diverse student body by providing community building and engagement, academic support and professional development through several activities to ensure an inclusive environment for students.

Students participate in MEP's Summer Transition Program, a six-week residential program.

About Us

The Minority Engineering Programs (MEP) office in the College of Engineering at NC State is a resource for African American, Native American and Hispanic students who want to become engineers or computer scientists. Our mission is to develop and maintain programs that assist in the recruitment, retention and graduation of African American, Native American and Hispanic students within the college.

NC LSAMP Program

The Minority Engineering Programs are part of (and funded by) the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC LSAMP). This National Science Foundation (NSF) program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study.

Our involvement with the NC LSAMP provides opportunities to participate in undergraduate research within and outside of the NC LSAMP (other states are part of the LSAMP, e.g., New York, Texas, California, etc.)

The following institutions are aligned with the NC-LSAMP Program:

  • Fayetteville State University (FSU)
  • North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T)
  • North Carolina State University (NC State)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte)
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNC-Pembroke)
  • Winston-Salem State University (WSSU)

2nd in the nation

NC State is second in the nation among non-HBCUs when it comes to the number of B.S. degrees in engineering awarded to African American students according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Participants

Engineering student dances in the men’s fancy during a Native American powwow at NC State.

Engineering student dances in the men’s fancy during a Native American powwow at NC State.

Students who identify as African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American are underrepresented when enrolling and graduating in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) fields. As a result, many engineering colleges and universities have minority engineering programs or diversity offices aimed at recruiting, retaining and graduating minority engineers. Many of the same institutions also have women in engineering programs with the same purpose: to recruit, retain and graduate women.

Although our programs are open to all students (without regard to race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation), students with one of the backgrounds listed above or any combination of the three are automatically a part of the Minority Engineering Programs.* Whether you start your NC State College of Engineering journey as a new freshman or you have transferred to the College of Engineering, you are a part of MEP.

*Students who choose to not report their ethnicity will not be included in program communications and activities.

Many opportunities will be shared on the MEP ListServ aimed at attracting diverse students to the field of engineering and ensuring retention all the way through graduation from the College.   These opportunities may be special events with our corporate sponsors, scholarship opportunities, employment opportunities, etc.

Programs

Students participate in MEP's Summer Transition Program, a six-week residential program.

Students participate in MEP's Summer Transition Program, a six-week residential program.

Select a program tab below for details and related documents.

The recruitment weekend is geared towards admitted minority engineering students who are interested in learning more about our campus and the rigors of completing an engineering degree. The Overnight Recruitment Stay will allow students to see first-hand what life as a minority engineering student entails and gain insight into the opportunities available for a successful undergraduate career at NC State University.

Event details are sent to all admitted minority engineering students in February.

Documents:

Summer Transition Program

The Summer Transition Program (STP) is a residential program that enhances the academic and social maturation of incoming minority engineering freshmen prior to the start of the regular academic year. Up to 75 students are selected to participate in this comprehensive six-week program held during the second academic summer session.

STP allows students to take two university courses — math and chemistry. Students also take a tutorial for E 115: Introduction to Computing Environments* to learn how to use the university computing system. These courses are combined with a structured residence hall and weekly “Pack Sessions” that allow students to learn more about campus life, the community and academics.

Minority engineering freshmen come to college six weeks before other incoming freshmen and become acclimated to university life. STP gives the minority students an opportunity to bond with each other and familiarize themselves with the expectations of college. At the end of the six weeks, students who successfully complete the program and enroll in NC State’s College of Engineering in the fall, receive a textbook voucher for the spring term.

Applications are mailed to all admitted minority engineering students in April.

*Information about E 115 and other courses can be obtained at the Registration and Records’ Class Search.

Minority Summer Research Program

The Minority Summer Research Program (MSRP) was piloted in the summer of 2015. MSRP is a six-week program designed to provide high-impact research experiences for undergraduate minority students. MSRP aims to increase each student’s research self-efficacy and awareness of prospective research opportunities in both academic and professional settings.

Students complete a week-long Engineering Research Principles course. Students then conduct research and prepare abstracts and posters of their work, which is then presented at the annual MSRP Research Symposium. During the program, students are housed in campus dorms alongside participants in the Summer Transition Program and participate in other STP classes and activities.

Applications are mailed to all admitted minority engineering students in April.

STP/MSRP Documents:

Student Advancement and Retention Teams (START) is the College’s mentoring program for minority engineering freshmen. An early intervention and peer-mentoring program, START aims to create useful partnerships among minority engineering students.

Students are paired by major, demographics, or both, with an upper-class minority engineering student. START mentors act as big brothers and sisters to mentees. START teams meet on a regular basis to discuss a variety of issues, from what classes to take to how to get an internship. Social activities are held to allow START mentors to interact with their mentees in a non-academic setting.

START enables first-year minority engineering students to get off to a “good start.”

These professional student development courses are designed specifically for minority freshmen in the College of Engineering, although they are open to all students. Fall topics for the E 144* course include time management, social adjustment, expectations, leisure alternatives and test management. Spring topics in E 145* include effective communication, resume writing, interviewing skills, internships and co-operative education, and critical thinking.

*Information about E 144, E 145 and other courses can be obtained at the Registration and Records’ Class Search.

Scholarships

The College of Engineering awards merit-based and need-based scholarships to entering freshmen, transfer and continuing students. The College of Engineering takes seriously its obligation to attract, mentor and graduate a diverse student population. Consequently, every effort is made to ensure underrepresented minorities and women are included in the eligibility pool of serious candidates for merit and need-based scholarships. For more information about College of Engineering scholarships, see scholarships for incoming freshmen, transfer and current students.

Other Opportunities

Student Organizations

There are three student organizations that utilize the resources of the Minority Engineering Programs office:

These three student groups are professional development organizations that allow students to meet other engineering students and become leaders around the NC State campus.  Members attend national and regional conferences; receive scholarships through association with the national organizations; network and interact with engineering professionals; obtain information about permanent employment, co-operative education experience and summer internships; and participate in many other activities.