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Jump Start

Jump Start is traditionally a four-week summer bridge program at Penn State University Park that focuses on math and physics preparation for engineering students. This program is designed for engineering students who have completed one or more semesters at either a commonwealth campus or University Park and will be enrolled in Math 141, Math 230, Math 250, Physics 211, or Physics 212 in the fall semester. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and university compliance, Jump Start will be offered June 1-26, 2020, online as remote instruction.

Our academic focus

Participants will attend math and physics preparation classes Monday through Friday. The program includes the opportunity to meet other students who are interested in engineering, attend professional development and college skills workshops.

Jump Start previews:

  • Math 141 or Math 250 or Math 230
  • Physics 211 or Physics 212

Why participate?

The benefits to participating in Jump Start include:

  • Opportunity to improve your academic performance
  • Access to peer mentor
  • No cost to participate
  • Stipend of $320 upon full participation and completion of the program
  • Meet other engineering students
  • Attend professional development and skills workshops
  • Become familiar with resources provided by the College of Engineering and University Park


There is no cost associated with this program for participants. Participants receive $320 stipend upon full participation and completion of the program.

From past participants

I had a great time in the Jump Start program. I feel prepared for math and physics. —Morgan

I think that the Jump Start program is a great program. At the beginning of the semester, I was able to understand math and physics much easier because of Jump Start. —Edmund

Jump Start was something extraordinary. Nothing felt better than staying four weeks with some amazing people from teachers to fellow engineering students. The connection is real! —Jad

I’m on track to make it into the major on time, and I already have housing arrangements at University Park, where I’ll be rooming with people I met through Engineering Ahead and Jumpstart. The program has not only provided me with the tools and knowledge I need to receive, but lifelong friends as well. —Jacob

Become a program mentor

Past participants or upper-class students are welcome to apply to be program mentors. The role of the program mentors is crucial to the success of Jump Start.

Duties include:

  • Must have completed MATH 141 and/or MATH 230 and/or MATH 250, and PHYSICS 211 and/or PHYSICS 212
  • Serve as a teaching assistant for one math and one physics course during assigned sections
  • Work closely with Jump Start math and physics instructors
  • Serve as a course facilitator for both math and physics courses during assigned times
  • Lead and plan virtual team building activities which create a sense of belonging and community
  • Provide academic and social mentorship
  • Collaborate with program coordinator on programming
  • Attend weekly meetings


  • Gain valuable leadership skills
  • Leadership scholarship/stipend awarded
  • Résumé builder

To be considered for the position of program mentor, please submit an application by May 1, 2020.

2020 Jump Start Dates:

  • June 1-26, 2020
    Apply by May 20, 2020

More Information Our History


The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists women and multicultural students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our support system of faculty and staff encourages current students to become involved with our programs and student organizations.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287