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STEM START, August 11-14, 2024

Are you a first-year EKU student majoring in Manufacturing Engineering or Engineering Technology Management? Get a head start on the semester by participating in STEM START 2024! – Register Here!


STEM START is a 4-night, 4-day workshop designed to equip students with the skills needed for success in college. During this project-based experience, students in engineering and technology will practice and apply fundamental math concepts, experiment with 3D design processes, and interact with current students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Engineering and Technology. Participation in this program helps ensure STEM STudents Arrive Ready To Succeed!


Completion of undergraduate STEM degrees continues to lag workforce demands, and success rates for populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM remain substantially lower than the same rates for other students. STEM START 2024 is designed to bridge gaps between high school and college such that students are ready for success in college-level coursework on the first day of classes. By leveraging practices shown to build students’ persistence and sense of preparedness, we aim to increase retention and graduation rates in engineering and technology programs.

When & Where?

Sunday (August 11) – Wednesdays (August 14, 2024) just prior to Big E Welcome

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Campus


First year EKU students majoring in Engineering Technology Management or Manufacturing Engineering are encouraged to attend.

Other details:

  • Contact with any questions!
  • Priority registration will be given to students who are the first in their families to attend college and/or students from populations under resourced in engineering and technology (underrepresented minorities, women, low-income, first-generation, rural students).
  • Space is limited to 20 participants; register by July 1!
  • There is no cost to participants for this program.
  • Students living on campus will be allowed to move into their dorms early at no additional cost.
  • Commuting students are also encouraged to participate and will be able to participate in all components of the program.
  • All meals are provided.
  • Participation in all activities of the program is expected.

Center for STEM Excellence

521 Lancaster Ave.
SCIBD 2234
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-7993