Multicultural Engineering Program

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Multicultural Engineering Program


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Contact
SCOTT CAMPUS (OMAHA)
Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
Senior Assistant Director of Student Development
aramirez-rodgers1@unl.edu

CITY CAMPUS (LINCOLN)
Jayde McWilliams
Coordinator of Student Development
mcwilliams@unl.edu


The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is a cohort-based program designed to engage and enhance the experiences of talented scholars who demonstrate experience with, or commitment to, leadership and diversity. 

MEP creates a community of academic and inclusive excellence among our students by fostering connections with other students, faculty, and staff in the College of Engineering and beyond.

All students interested in learning more about the opportunities and developing strategies to overcome challenges of diversity and inclusion in engineering are invited to apply.

Program Components

SUCCESS COACHING

The MEP program coordinator is your resource to help navigate through each semester by establishing goals, maintaining accountability for them, and helping you take advantage of opportunities that come up. That could include exploring the things you’re already interested in doing, such as studying abroad or getting an internship, or it could be discovering new opportunities on campus, such as doing a research experience for a summer in a different state.

SEMINAR & WORKSHOPS

MEP students will enroll in a First-Year Seminar together that will meet a few times during the semester. During this class time, your program coordinator will lead workshops on topics related to academic, professional, or personal success.

Workshop topics include: preparing for the career fair, basics of undergraduate research, how to find a faculty mentor, or academic success strategies.

Every MEP student is encouraged to request workshops on specific topics that interest them.

STUDY SUPPORT

MEP students will make use of regularly scheduled study times or space. The goal is for you to connect around your academics and help you stay on top of your schoolwork, but you can also use this time to connect with your peers about anything!

SCHOLARSHIP

Each MEP student receives a four-year, renewable scholarship for $500 per semester. You must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA) and actively involved in the program to maintain your scholarship.

MENTORSHIP

Students have the opportunity to become a mentor for the MEP. This includes building personal relationships with the MEP cohorts that follow you, and you would also maintain a leadership role in the program.

What to Expect

Year One: Smooth Transition

  1. Take advantage of MEP study hours on the same night(s) every week. This provides MEP students an opportunity to complete their academic assignments, or to connect as a community.
  2. Meet monthly with your program coordinator for one-on-one academic success coaching.  Topics may include:
    • Establishing academic, social and personal goals for each semester.
    • Exploring study skills and time management strategies for academic success.
    • Discussing options for summer, including study abroad, internships, research, or volunteering. 
    • Gallup Strengths Coaching
  3. Attend 2 MEP workshops or events each semester. These will contribute to your academic, professional, and personal success in college. 
    • Attendance at workshops and events hosted by our campus partners is highly encouraged. For example, attending one event related to a career topic, one related to an academic or professional topic, and two social events.
  4. Suggested Goals: 
    • Join a student organization that interests you.
    • Find a "favorite spot" on campus for studying and one for hanging out.
    • Become familiar with academic and support resources across campus.
    • Go to the career fair for the first time.

Year Two: Focus on Your Major

  1. Meet 2 times per semester with your program coordinator for one-on-one academic success coaching. Topics this year may include:
    • Reflection on past summer and creation of goals for upcoming summer.
    • Review what worked last year and what did not. Establish academic, professional, and personal goals for the upcoming semesters.
    • Formulate ideas about your post-graduation plans and ways to gain experience.
  2. Attend 2 MEP workshops/events each semester. These will contribute to your academic, professional, and personal success in college. 
  3. Suggested Goals:
    • Obtain an experiential learning opportunity, such as study abroad, research, or an internship.
    • Meet with your Career Services Coordinator for career coaching.
    • Attend career fairs and networking events.
    • Connect with a faculty member.
    • Increase your involvement on campus.

Year Three: Career Prep

  1. Meet with your program coordinator 2 times per semester for success coaching. Additional meetings are available at your request. 
  2. Meet with your Career Services Coordinator for an in-depth discussion about career preparedness. Topics may include:
    • Job search strategy to make searching more efficient and effective.
    • Resume and cover letter reviews.
    • Mock interview to practice in-person and/or phone interview skills.
  3. Attend 2 workshops or events on campus each semester that span professional, academic, or social areas.
    • We suggest attending at least one graduate school information session. 
  4. Attend one Engineering Career Fair.
  5. Suggested Goals:
    • Obtain an experiential learning opportunity, such as study abroad, research, or an internship.
    • More clearly define post-graduate goals.
    • Get involved with another "something new" or acquire a leadership position within something you are already connected with.

Year Four: Refinement & Expedition

  1. Meet with your program coordinator once per semester for success coaching. Additional meetings are available at your request.
  2. Attend 2 workshops or events on campus each semester that span professional, academic, or social areas.
  3. Attend one Engineering Career Fair. Most recruitment for full-time hires occurs in fall, so we suggest attending one of the fall career fairs. 
  4. Suggested Goals:
    • Continue any experiential learning opportunities, such as research or work on an internship.
    • Maintain your involvement on campus.
    • Advance your leadership position(s) on campus.
    • Focus on your senior design project and participate in any relevant showcases. 
    • Solidify and begin taking steps toward your post-graduation plans. This may include graduate or professional school applications, or applying for full-time jobs.