by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 23, 2004 – Applications currently are being accepted for New Mexico Tech’s 2004 Summer Mini Courses, a summer program offering for high school students which is held each July at the research university in Socorro.

The weeklong instructional program allows participants to experience life as a college student, spending their days being taught by New Mexico Tech professors in college-level lectures, conducting related experiments, and taking educational field trips pertaining to their chosen field of study.

“New Mexico Tech’s Summer Mini Courses give high school students from throughout the nation a greater understanding of what it takes to succeed as a college student, as well as what it takes to reach their own personal academic and career goals,” says Mike Kloeppel, director of admission at New Mexico Tech.

Mini Courses being offered at the university this coming summer include: biology; chemical engineering; civil engineering; computer science; environmental engineering; information technology; materials engineering; mineral engineering; petroleum engineering; physics; psychology; technical communication; and the newest addition—a course in forensic biology called “CSI: Socorro.”

High school students who have participated in Summer Mini Courses at New Mexico Tech often go on to give the state-supported research university serious consideration when making their choice of which college to attend.

“I didn’t consider New Mexico Tech before I came to this summer program, but now I will put it on my list of colleges to consider,” wrote one Mini Course participant on an evaluation form.

“Thanks to Summer Mini Course I will definitely be applying to New Mexico Tech,” wrote another.

Attending any one of the Summer Mini Course offerings costs $399, and, in addition to tuition, also covers any additional fees, along with room and meals for the weeklong stay.

One hour of college credit also is available through New Mexico Tech to participants who successfully complete a Summer Mini Course.

Applications for either the July 11-16 or July 18-23 sessions of the summer program will be accepted up until the April 30 deadline.

For more information about the New Mexico Tech Summer Mini Course program, visit the program’s website at http://externalweb.nmt.edu/mini/, or phone 1.800.428.8324.