Challenge ProgramChallenge is an academic transitional program for select high-achieving incoming freshman. Selected participants include students that are historically under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, including ethnic and racial minorities, women, and first-generation students. Challenge is a four-week summer experience during which students receive instruction in pre-calculus, intro to chemistry. Taught by dedicated Mines' faculty, the two required Challenge courses are MATH100 (Pre-calculus) and CHEM111 (Intro. to Chemistry). Included in the four-week curriculum is an engineering workshop focused on User-Centered Design. Students also attend mandatory tutoring, as well as workshops taught by staff from the Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA). Workshop topics include:
- the science of learning;
- test preparation skills;
- note-taking techniques;
- time-management; and
- stress management
Challenge students also participate in team-building activities, and a community outreach project designed to help build camaraderie between students. Challenge students must successfully complete all of the program requirements to be fully admitted and matriculate to the fall semester. Generously funded by our corporate partnters, all costs for the four-week Challenge Program are covered for students, including room and board, text books, class materials, and transportation to off-campus activities.
2017 Challenge Program: Saturday, June 24 – Friday, July 21, 2017