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Math and Physics Jump Start

Jump Start is four-week summer bridge program at Penn State University Park that focuses on math and physics 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 Calculus II (Math 141), Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 250/251), or Calculus III(Math 230/231), and Physics I (Physics 211) or Physics II (Physics 212) this coming fall semester.

Our academic focus

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 250/251 or Math 230/231
  • Physics 211 or Physics 212

Why participate?

The benefits to participating in Jump Start include:

  • Opportunity to improve your academic performance
  • Housing and meals at University Park provided
  • No cost to participate
  • Stipend of $320 upon 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
  • Attend campus tours and social activities

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 assistant

Past participants or upper-class students are welcome to apply to be program assistants (PA). The role of the PAs is crucial to the success of Jump Start.

Duties include:

  • Assist with team-building exercises
  • Attend all extra-curricular components of Jump Start
  • Attend either the math or physics class assigned to you
  • Facilitate study hours
  • Work closely with Jump Start math and physics instructors
  • Assist with planning activities
  • Live in dorms with participants
  • Provide both academic and social mentorship
  • Handle conflicts effectively


  • Gain valuable leadership skills
  • Housing on campus and meals
  • Leadership scholarship
  • Jump Start polo and T-shirt
  • Résumé builder

To be considered for the position of PA, please submit an application by February 15, 2020.


There is no cost associated with this program for participants.

2020 Jump Start Dates:

  • May 17 – June 12, 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

211 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287