Academic Enrichment

PROMES is a community of engineering undergraduates who want to welcome you!  We offer specialized freshman and transfer student curricula that emphasizes academic success strategies and personal and professional skills development. PROMES students participate in peer-led collaborative learning workshops supporting math, science, and engineering courses. Upper division students facilitate these workshops and receive stipends in return for their service. These workshops support selected freshman, sophomore and junior level courses and are at the heart of our retention activities, helping students grasp tough concepts early in their engineering studies and allowing them to gain confidence and important study skills. PROMES administers certain scholarships for outstanding students, and those are listed on our scholarships page. Incoming students benefit from mentoring relationships with upper division students and from participation in student chapters of professional engineering societies such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Latinos in Engineering and Science(MAES). PROMES students participate in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) and Engineer Without Borders (EWB). Student leaders serve on the PROMES Action Committee (PAC) to support the objectives of the PROMES program. PAC members direct the PROMES Mentoring Program and raise funds to sponsor scholarships for the PROMES Freshman of the Year recognition awards.

STUDENT SUCCESS

IMG_9342.jpgEach year we welcome approximately one hundred new freshmen into the PROMES learning community, as well as a large number of incoming transfer students. We kick off the new school year with an orientation program called "Maximize Your Power!" featuring nationally-known author and speaker Donna O. Johnson who coaches our students in the Guaranteed 4.0 Learning System in order to support our goals of academic success for our students.

Over 200 sophomore and junior undergraduate students participate in engineering academic excellence workshops each semester. These peer-led problem-solving sessions are aimed at improving student retention in some of the most challenging engineering courses. The academic success of our PROMES student community is celebrated each spring at the Annual PROMES Awards Banquet.

OUTREACH AND RECRUITING

PreSchool_Rec040513_537.jpgPROMES students engage in community outreach through a number of sponsored events. University of Houston, through PROMES, is the regional university partner for SECME. PROMES hosts a series of fun and exciting engineering design competitions for area youth with our SECME partners in local middle and high schools. These include VEX and Lego robotics competitions, Mousetrap cars, bottle rockets, egg drops, jet cars, and essay and banner design contests. We also serve as the regional university partner for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), working with corporate partners and local independent school districts to provide an annual regional math and science competition, and TAME Career Day. All of these events serve area middle and high school students and encourage their success in math and sciences. Each year our UH-PROMES engineering students serve as mentors to students from several area low-income high schools, promoting math, science and engineering activities.

PROMES faculty, staff and students provide summer engineering programs for high school students, many from underrepresented groups. The longest-running summer program in the Cullen College of Engineering is the STEP Forward Engineering Camp (previously known as MESET), established in 1980. With the help of federal, state and corporate funding, this program provides a low-cost, residential campus engineering experience to 50 rising high school seniors each summer.

PROMES serves a critical function for the Cullen College of Engineering, the University of Houston, and the city of Houston in promoting engineering among area students. PROMES has a long and impressive history of supporting engineering students, building the pipeline for engineering, and changing lives one student at a time. Our success is shared by our sponsors who have helped to sustain our activities through nearly four decades.