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Math and Physics Jump Start

The Math and Physics Summer Jump Start program is a four-week summer bridge program at Penn State University Park. This program is designed to support the academic success of current students who are in entrance-to-major classes for an engineering major. The Math and Physics Summer Jump Start program is designed for engineering students who have completed one or more semesters at either a Commonwealth Campus or University Park and are enrolled in Calculus II (Math 141), Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 250), Physics I (Physics 211), and/or Physics II (Physics 212) this coming fall semester. Students who have participated in other intensive summer bridge programs for incoming students have historically performed at a higher academic level resulting in a higher GPA compared to those who did not participate.

A Closer Look

Participants will attend math and physics classes Monday through Friday, live on the University Park campus in a residence hall, and eat meals in the dining commons. The program includes the opportunity to meet other students who are interested in engineering, attend professional development and college skills workshops, tour labs at Penn State University Park, attend a field trip to a corporate engineering company, and enjoy social activities on the weekends.

Jump Start previews:

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

Why Participate?

The benefits to participating in Jump Start include:

  • Meet other students interested in engineering
  • Attend professional development and college skills workshops
  • Attend campus tours and social activities
  • Visit a corporate engineering company
  • Free housing and meals at University Park campus
  • Stipend of $200, upon completion

From Past Participants

I had a great time at 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

Attending the Jump Start was very helpful for me because it helped me understands some of the concepts I learned early on during Physics 212 and Math 141 and allowed me to perform well at the beginning of the fall semester. It was very beneficial and a program that I would recommend to other young engineering students, and hope that it continues for many years to come. – Justin


There is no cost to the participants associated with the program.

2017 Jump Start




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

211 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287