Engineering VOLunteers for Ninth Graders (eVOL9) at University of Tennessee, Knoxville Receives NAMEPA Outreach Program Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of the Engineering VOLunteers for Ninth Graders (eVOL9) Program at University of Tennessee, Knoxville as the 2017 NAMEPA Outreach Program Award recipient. The eVOL9 program aligns with NAMEPA’s mission of providing quality service, information, and tools to students.

The goal of the eVOL9 program is to provide rising ninth grade students, their parents, and teachers with early awareness of and the confidence to navigate the college admissions process. Adapting the original residential experience to a conference model has increased both the number of applicants accepted into the program and the number of qualified females interested in pursuing engineering at the collegiate level. The new eVOL9 conference model has expanded the dissemination of information and resources to prepare underrepresented students for engineering at the collegiate level beyond focusing only on the student. This broader impact model incorporates parents and teachers as key additional stakeholders in the engineering awareness and college preparation process.

The NAMEPA Outreach Program Award was established to honor outreach programs that have actively increased the participation of students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations in engineering. NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.

NAMEPA is very grateful for University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The eVOL9 program will be recognized at the NAMEPA Awards Celebration Dinner on September 12th, 2017 during the 38th Annual NAMEPA National Conference (Sept 10th -13th, 2017) in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech.


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