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Virtual Engineering Seminar (VES)

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The School of Engineering at Santa Clara University is pleased to present a Fall offering of our new Virtual Engineering Seminar (VES) program. This program allows students to engage with the School of Engineering community and participate in various panel discussions and activities facilitated by our students and faculty. Topics will include: Bioengineering, Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, General Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The goal of this program is to provide students with a chance to explore the broad possibilities of engineering as a career with the hope of fostering a deeper interest in future engineering study. The program is open to all high school students. Our program’s format and eligibility criteria are designed to suit students with little prior engineering exposure. The Virtual Engineering Seminar (VES) program is geared toward students who have not yet committed to future engineering study and who have had minimal exposure to engineering topics. Due to the high level of student interest, acceptance into this program has become highly competitive. Program Details: Selected participants will join us on Zoom over the course of two Sundays (October 11 & October 18) from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to participate in specially designed interactive panel discussions and breakout sessions, spanning several fields and areas of engineering. Students will need an authenticated Zoom account. There is no cost to participate in this virtual program. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the VES Student Application Form by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 25, 2020


Santa Clara University School of Engineering, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, USA

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for VES are determined by the purpose and content of the program, as well as Santa Clara University's Strategic Vision. This program aims to motivate more students to pursue engineering study and workshop content is on a broad, introductory level. Santa Clara University's Strategic Vision also emphasizes education in "service to society, especially on behalf of those in greatest need," which is in line with our Jesuit identity. As such, the following criteria have been set for program participants: -Students who are currently enrolled in high school by August 5, 2020. Students who are interested in broadly exploring the field of engineering and its various disciplines. -Students who have not been exposed to engineering through high school coursework, extra-curricular activities, similar programs and close role models working in engineering. -Students who lack the means to access engineering courses and programs, due to limited financial resources and a lack of school & community opportunities. -Women, first-generation college students and other underrepresented groups in the field of engineering are highly encouraged to apply, though this is not a limiting factor for program participation. Priority is given to students in 10th-12th grade.

Contact Hours

9am - 5pm


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Grade Levels

9th Gradeto 12th Grade


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Program Types

Virtual - Synchronous

Counties Served

NapaMarinSan FranciscoSolanoSonomaAlamedaContra CostaSanta ClaraSan Mateo

School Districts Served

Alameda County Office of EducationCalifornia School for the Blind (State Special Schl)More...

The School of Engineering engages with school children and industry partners alike, sharing our enthusiasm, knowledge, and research capabilities with a broad range of constituents.

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