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Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation (MEPO)

MEPO is an exciting four-day introduction to the College of Engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, and Penn State. The program is meant to benefit first-year engineering students attending Penn State in the fall semester. Participants will have a chance to connect with other incoming first-year students as well as current undergraduate engineering students attending Penn State University Park.

A Closer Look

By participating in MEPO, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Compete in an engineering design competition
  • Pair with an upper-level mentor
  • Become familiar with academic and social resources on campus
  • Meet other incoming first-year students in the College of Engineering
  • Build a professional resume
  • Network with top industry recruiters and Penn State alumni
  • Receive 1 credit for participation

Cost

Registration Fee: The registration fee for MEPO is $100 and includes all MEPO activities. Fee waivers are available for those demonstrated financial need. Financial assistance for MEPO may be available on a case-by-case basis. Eligibility is based on demonstrated need and FAFSA review. You may access the FAFSA link at this link. Please complete the 2021-22 FAFSA using 2019 tax information. If you are unable to cover the full expense of the program, please briefly detail your financial background in your application.

Early arrival fee: Please note than an additional $90 will be charged to participants' Bursar accounts for early arrival on Monday, August 15.

2022 MEPO Schedule

Tuesday, 8/16

  • 8:00 AM  – 10:00 AM: Continued Move-In Time (Starting Monday 08/15)
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Mentor Family meet-up at Residence Hall
  • 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: MEPO Registration
  • 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM: MEPO Welcome Luncheon
  • 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Transition Time
  • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM: Mentor Family Introductions
  • 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Transition Time
  • 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM: Design Competition
  • 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Transition Time
  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Activity
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Dinner with Mentor Families
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Design Competition

Wednesday, 8/17

  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Mentor Family meet-up at Residence Hall
  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast 
  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: Team Building Activity 
  • 9:45 AM – 9:55 AM: Transition Time
  • 9:55 AM – 10:45 AM: Workshop 1
  • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: Presentation
  • 11:30 AM – 11:40 AM: Transition Time
  • 11:40 AM – 12:15 PM: Activity 
  • 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch 
  • 12:45 PM – 12:55 PM: Transition Time
  • 12:55 PM – 1:45 PM: Workshop 2
  • 1:45 PM – 1:50 PM: Transition Time
  • 1:50 PM – 2:30 PM: Resume Building
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Activity
  • 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Dinner & Keynote Address
  • 5:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Transition Time
  • 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Design competition 
  • 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Mentor Family Reflections 

Thursday, 8/18

  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Mentor Family meet-up at Residence Hall
  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 9:10 AM: Transition Time
  • 9:10 AM – 9:30 AM: Old Main Photo
  • 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Scavenger Hunt 
  • 10:15 AM – 10:25 AM: Transition Time
  • 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Presentation
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Workshop 3
  • 12:00 PM – 12:10 PM: Transition Time
  • 12:15 PM– 12:45 PM: Lunch 
  • 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM: Team Building Activity 
  • 1:30 PM – 1:40 PM: Transition Time
  • 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Resume Development
  • 3:00 PM – 3:05 PM: Transition Time
  • 3:10 PM – 5:00 PM: Alumni Networking
  • 5:00 PM – 5:10 PM: Transition Time
  • 5:10 PM – 6:30 pm: Dinner & Keynote Address
  • 6:30 PM – 6:45 PM: Transition Time
  • 6:45 PM– Until you are done: Design Competition

Friday, 8/19

  • 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM:Mentor Family meet-up at Residence Hall
  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Design Competition
  • 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Design Showcase Preparation
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Design Showcase
  • 12:00 PM - 12:05 PM: Transition Time
  • 12:05 PM – 1:00 PM: Mentor Family Reflection Lunch
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Corporate Networking Reception
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: MEPO Closing Ceremony

Multiple engineering orientation programs are available. All Penn State students are required to participate in New Student Orientation, and international students are also required to participate in the International Student Orientation. All students may elect to participate in one or more engineering-specific orientations: Women in Engineering Program Orientation, Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation, or Engineering Orientation Network. Please note that some orientations overlap, and students are not permitted to participate in overlapping orientations.


MEPO 2022 Dates:

  • August 16-19
  • 2022 Application Deadline - July 29

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About

Founded to serve students from groups underrepresented in engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff with equity and inclusion engagement. The center leads the implementation of evidence-based best practices to support student belonging and degree attainment, while also encouraging involvement with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and organizations. All are welcome!

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287