What is UVU PREP?

UVU PREP is a free STEM Summer program for middle and junior high students, which provides three summers of rigorous academic instruction, educational hands-on projects, challenging homework assignments, daily career awareness and field trips. The program will run from June 2 - July 16, Monday through Friday from 8:20am - 3:10pm

The program allows incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th (graduating 6th, 7th, and 8th) grade students who have an interest and aptitude in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics fields to receive accelerated curriculum in preparation for high school and higher education. UVU PREP strives to provide opportunities for underrepresented and first generation students to pursue STEM studies and careers.

 Important dates

Students looking at a pamphlet

Registration Deadline

Date: January 31, 2020

PREP Start and End Dates

Date: June 2-July 16, 2020

Parents and a student looking at a computer.

Mandatory Parent Orientation

Year 1 Orientation date: May 13, 2020 

Year 2 Orientation date: May 14, 2020

 Year 3 Orientation date: May 14. 2020

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Vacation Time

No classes on the following days:

Date: July 2 & 3, 2020

Students at the space station

Field Trips

UVU PREP students participate in various STEM related field trips, i.e., museums, industry, etc.

Date: June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020

Students launching bottle rockets

Sci-Tech EXPO

Sci-Tech EXPO is a major all day event providing hands-on experiences designed to engage and inspire over 700 Utah PREP students.

Date: TBA

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Business and industry professionals present innovative, interactive workshops that help students see the benefits of obtaining a college education and spark students’ interest in becoming the next generation of scientists and engineers and to pursue college studies in preparation for career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goal of the EXPO is to create STEM career awareness and insight of the practical application of a STEM degree through engaging hands-on presentations, workshops, competitions, live demonstrations, and keynote speakers.

Students high fiving their teachers at the closing ceremonies

Closing Celebration

UVU PREP students participate in a closing celebration, Year 3 students are recognized as completing all 3 years of UVU PREP.

Date: July 16, 2020

Learning is fun.

Students disecting a cow brain

Students observing a science experiment

Students participating in a tower building exercise

UVU Prefreshman Engineering Program

UVU PREP 2019 will run from June 2 - July 16, Monday through Friday from 8:20am - 3:10pm.

Attendance Policy: UVU PREP students are allowed three absences before probable dismissal from the program. Please keep this in mind as you plan your summer vacations and other activities.

Apply to UVU PREP

Requirements to Apply:

  • Current report card
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Have a 90% or better in mathematics classes
  • 100-150 word essay about why you want to attend UVU PREP
  • 6th grade student enrolled in the Alpine, Nebo or Provo School District

STEM Resources

Students on a UVU PREP field trip to US Synthetics