University High Opens Society of Hispanic Professionals and Engineers Jr. Chapter
University High School of Science & Engineering (UHSSE) opened its first junior chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professionals and Engineers (SHPE JR.) this year. Students are being mentored by UCONN’s SHPE chapter and are working hard to develop goals of community outreach, leadership, STEM and college readiness for the chapter.
Students are being mentored by UCONN’s chapter this year are focusing on college readiness and chapter goals. This was the focus for the leadership training in November. Students were able to develop a plan for the type of mentoring needed to continue moving forward. Students discussed how to develop a college resume and essays. They wanted to learn about how to stand out, what scholarships they should be looking at, what resources and support are available to them, and many other relevant topics.
This is the chapter’s first year and they are still working on chapter development and establishment. Membership not only gives students a platform to develop their leadership skills but also to promote culture, science and community in their school.
Membership will help students pursue an engineering career by continuing the STEM theme and building connections with their mentors. However, the chapter is inclusive to all and to all career paths. UHSSE wants to encourage all future professionals to become confident in themselves in a very competitive world and to continue to give students a space to grow as well as celebrate heritage through our accomplishments.
Students this year will be working on creating a STEM Unit in partnership with Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School, partnership with South Park as community service, and creating a Science Night at UHSSE with Capstone presentations promoting science and Hispanic community. These goals reflect the high standards that these students are holding themselves to as well as of our school. Students are going to model different science/chemistry and engineering activities; in addition to a hands on Engineering station
Science night is being scheduled tentatively for February 27, 2020.
Please consult SHEP website for more details on the national level. https://www.shpe.org/