Engineering Scholars Program
To help stimulate interest in engineering and develop a strong pipeline of students interested in pursuing engineering disciplines as undergraduates, Dr. Seshadri Mohan founded the Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) at UALR. Dr. Mohan defined the program and successfully procured grants from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, and supported in part by the National Science Foundation, to launch the program.
The objective of ESP is to increase the number of students entering engineering programs in Arkansas through exposure to hands-on engineering projects, plant trips, and interaction with industry engineers. In addition, the two-week residential summer program includes counseling and advising sessions to assist students in preparing for college. Since its launch, high school students have spent two weeks at UALR, studying with professors, training in engineering laboratories and working on robot projects.
The exposure to engineering and counseling and advising sessions helps high school students make informed choices on appropriate course work during their high school years for pursuing future careers in engineering.