Santa Clara University


SEEDs: Spring Engineering Education Days



The SEEDs program provides Bay Area high school sophomores and juniors with a unique opportunity to begin exploring engineering in hopes for fostering future engineering study. Participants come to the Santa Clara University campus on three Saturdays in April to attend workshops providing an introduction to various engineering disciplines. Topics will include: Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Web Design & Engineering. All workshops are introductory in nature and will include a mixture of lecture presentations and hands-on experiences facilitated by Santa Clara University professors. Participants will attend each workshop offered to be provided with a broad understanding of various engineering disciplines and careers. All workshops will be held in the School of Engineering facilities.

The 2016 SEEDs program will be held on Saturday, April 16, 23 and 30 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Selected participants must attend all sessions fully.


The eligibility criteria for SEEDs are determined by the purpose and content of the program, as well as Santa Clara University's Strategic Vision. This program aims to motivate more students to pursue engineering study and workshop content is on a broad, introductory level. Santa Clara University's Strategic Vision also emphasizes education in "service to society, especially on behalf of those in greatest need," which is in line with our Jesuit identity. As such, the following criteria have been set for program participants:

Students who will have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by July 1, 2016

Students who are interested in broadly exploring the field of engineering and its various disciplines

Students who have not been exposed to engineering through high school coursework, extra-curricular activities, similar programs and close role models working in engineering.

• Students who lack the means to access engineering courses and programs, due to limited financial resources and a lack of school & community opportunities

Women, first generation college students and other underrepresented groups in the field of engineering are highly encouraged to apply, though this is not a limiting factor for program participation. More information on underrepresented populations in engineering.

Please note that students will only be able to participate in one of our high school engineering programs (SEEDs or SES), as the academic content of both programs is very similar. Information on the Summer Engineering Seminar (SES) can be found here.
Not Eligible?

Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements specified above are encouraged to consider applying for Santa Clara University's Young Scholars Program. This program allows high school students to enroll in college level courses over the summer at a 75% discount and receive college credit upon completion. In addition to the introductory engineering courses that are offered, Young Scholars also have the opportunity to enroll in other math, science, business and humanities courses of interest. More information on the Young Scholars Program can be found here


SEEDs is sponsored by the School of Engineering and local industry, which enables us to offer the program at no cost to students who are accepted. Lunch and all necessary supplies are provided to students. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus.

To be considered for this program, applicants must submit the following application materials:
  1. A completed online application, available here on December 1, 2015. The application closes as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016.

  2. A maximum 500 word essay submitted on the online application addressing the following: Why are you an ideal candidate for the SEEDs program? How do you think you could benefit from the program? Questions to consider in your response may include:
                    -What are you passionate about?
                    -What drives your curiosity for engineering?
                    -What impact do you hope to have on society?

  3. A SEEDs online instructor recommendation form completed by a high school math, science, computing or technology teacher, which will be available here on December 1, 2015. 

All application materials must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016. We will be unable to accept any late applications. 

Application Evaluation

Each year we receive many more applications than we can accommodate for the SEEDs program. For program consideration, applications will be evaluated based on academic performance (particularly in math and science), strength of instructor recommendation, and the alignment with program eligibility criteria (with particular emphasis on applicant need). Because of program popularity and limited space, acceptance is competitive. Applicants will be informed of their application status via email by the evening of Friday, February 26.

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About the School of Engineering

The School of Engineering provides an outstanding theoretical and practical experience for both undergraduate and graduate students in the heart of Silicon Valley. Distinguished faculty, academic excellence, personal attention and a culture of social responsibility are hallmarks of our program.

Disciplines in the School of Engineering include applied mathematics, bioengineering, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, and engineering management and leadership. More information can be found here.

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please call 408-554-4728 or California Relay at 800-735-2929 (TTY) two weeks prior to the event.
2016 SEEDs Online Application

The 2016 SEEDs application will be available on December 1, 2015 and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 29. We will be unable to accept any late applications.

2016 SEEDs Instructor Recommendation Form

Available December 1, 2015

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