Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP)
Open to all students, the Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP) is the College of Engineering’s recruitment and retention program for students. The program is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students in engineering and computer science. MSEP promotes academic and professional excellence, leadership skill development, and fosters community for its affiliates.
Academic Services for Pre-Engineering Students
Learn more about the resources available to help all pre-engineering students succeed:
Academic Workshops - One-credit/no credit courses (ENGR 197) that provide additional support for students in engineering prerequisite classes.
Study Centers - Study resources and learning facilitators available in the Engineering Academic Center in Loew Hall, second floor.
ENGR 202 Seminar - One-credit/no credit seminar for students wanting support to succeed in engineering. Offered Winter and Spring quarters, each quarter has its own emphasis.
Co-Enrollment Courses - MSEP works with the Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics departments to enroll students in math and science courses with other students with similar backgrounds and interests, creating the smaller communities that many students seek at large institutions. Courses are noted in the time schedules as "Includes MSEP/WiSE students" and are designed to work with the appropriate Academic Workshops. To register for these courses, students must see an MSEP, WiSE or other engineering advisor.
NACME- The University of Washington is a National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering partner university, providing private source scholarships for African American, American Indian and Latino men and women in engineering. For more information and the application, visit the Engineering Scholarships website.
Research and Work Experience - MSEP also works collaboratively with the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research and Co-op Program to help connect students with research and career building opportunities.
Student Societies - MSEP hosts three national student organizations that have affiliated college chapters at the University of Washington: American Indian Science and Engineering Society; National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); and Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE). These three groups collaborate with the Society of Women Engineers as the Coalition of Minority and Women Engineering Societies (CMWES).
See Also - Programs for Incoming First Year and Transfer Students
- MSEP ALVA is a post-college freshmen intern experience for engineering/computer science majors. UW freshmen are strongly encouraged to connect with MSEP prior to applying to this selective intern program. For pre-freshmen experiences, students are encouraged to consider the UW GenOM ALVA Program and UW STEM Bridge.
- UW STEM Bridge - A four-week residential experience for incoming first year or transfer engineering students planning to major in engineering. Students live in a UW Residence Hall, attend workshops and build community.
Counseling Services Coordinator, MSEP
fax: (206) 616-8554
voice mail: (206) 221-7769
UW College of Engineering
301 Loew Hall, Box 352180
Seattle, WA 98195-2180
In 1981, the Minority Engineering Program began to recruit more minority students to engineering. At the time, only 7 minority students were earning engineering degrees (undergrad and grad) from the UW per year. The program has adapted to institutional and community needs to become the Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP).
MSEP now includes a summer Bridge program to ease students' transitions to the UW, a summer intern and network development program, scholarships, engineering study skills and supplemental workshops geared towards student success in engineering pre-requisite courses, and an Engineering Academic Center that includes tutoring, group study and computer labs.
Today, the UW awards over 50 degrees to underrepresented minority students in engineering and computer science each year. As the College of Engineering and the UW ramp up their efforts to provide more degreed students, MSEP works to ensure those degreed students are representative of today’s society.
From Mentee to Mentor
Bill Fishburn (BSAA '93) says his immersion into tough engineering courses at the UW was aided by participation in an MSEP program.
Both became mentors for other UW engineering students. Read more in A Bridge to Achievement.