Hispanic students organize ‘Si Se Puede!’ recruitment event

Si Se Puede will be held Nov. 15-18, 2013, on the Missouri S&T campus.

Si Se Puede will be held Nov. 15-18, 2013, on the Missouri S&T campus.

Members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapter at Missouri University of Science and Technology are hosting a three-day event to introduce Hispanic, Latino and other high school students to college life at Missouri S&T.

The SHPE students will host “Si Se Puede!” (Spanish for “Yes, we can!”) Nov. 15-18 on the Missouri S&T campus. The weekend event is designed for students interested in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics (the STEM disciplines). The schedule includes presentations about S&T’s degree programs, a tour of campus and Rolla, and leadership and networking workshops.

“Si Se Puede!” is limited to 25 students. Lodging and meal expenses are covered, and Missouri S&T will provide transportation to and from Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis and Sedalia. Interested students must apply by Oct. 20. To apply or for more information, go online to rol.la/sisepuede13.

“Our main aim is to get high school students interested in college and STEM degrees,” says SHPE member Daniel Martinez of Independence, Mo., a sophomore in civil and architectural engineering at Missouri S&T. Martinez is co-chair of this year’s Si Se Puede! event with fellow SHPE member Eric Fallon of Lake Saint Louis, Mo., a junior in environmental engineering.

“Members of S&T’s SHPE chapter volunteer their time during the three-day event to ensure attendees learn effective leadership skills, become familiar with the breadth of degree programs at S&T and have a great time while gaining valuable networking skills, all while experiencing some of the diverse culture that SHPE members bring to the table,” says Fallon.

Martinez, who attended Si Se Puede while a student at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Mo., recommends the program to any high school student interested in pursuing a degree in one of the STEM disciplines.

“Si Se Puede! was instrumental in helping me decide to come to Missouri S&T,” he says, adding that for Hispanic and Latino students, “the SHPE group is a great organization.”