To promote awareness of higher education, specifically in the engineering field, to community youth through tutoring and mentoring while allowing engineering students to pursue philanthropic endeavors and learn more about their future careers
SEEK is a mentoring program run and led by UT Engineering students, paired with Communities in Schools. UT students lead weekly engineering related projects with several different at-risk middle schools in Austin. SEEK also strives to provide lower-income elementary students the opportunity to explore the idea of higher education and a career path in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) fields. Through SEEK we believe that we can encourage kids to make the right decisions and also inspire them to be the engineers of tomorrow.
On the other side, SEEK also offers UT students the opportunity to develop the communication and leadership skills necessary to be successful currently as Longhorns as well as eventually in the workplace. Every week SEEK students carpool from the UT campus to a middle/elementary school for a two-hour session(M-TH 2:30-4:30 or 3:30-5:30). Just like a class, SEEKers attend that session each week throughout the semester. Along with the weekly meeting, SEEKers must complete a weekly journal, commenting on the week’s mentoring session. Because SEEK also counts as a UT course, SEEKers receive two hours of course credit that goes toward their overall GPA.
Interested in learning more about the requirements of a SEEK mentor? Check out the syllabus below from a previous semester.