What is UVU PREP?


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Due to COVID-19, some of our current department programs are in a state of transition.
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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, career awareness speakers and field trips. 

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

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Registration Deadline

Date: January 31, 2021

PREP Start and End Dates

Date: June 1-July 15, 2021

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Mandatory Parent Orientation

Year 1, 2, and 3 will have virtual Parent Orientation sent out by May 10th, 2021

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Vacation Time

No classes on the following days:

Date: July 2 & 5, 2021

Students at the space station

Field Trips

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

Date: June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2021

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.

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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 15, 2021

Learning is fun.

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Students observing a science experiment

Students participating in a tower building exercise

UVU Prefreshman Engineering Program

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

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Supporters

Alpine School District

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Nebo School District

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Provo School District

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Girls & Boys Club

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STEM Center

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