Over the past 10 years, the Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in
Science and Engineering Education (CAHSEE) has developed a system of programs
geared at channeling, primarily Latino and other underrepresented minority,
students into science and engineering careers. These programs have proven
to be successful in preparing Latino and other underrepresented youths
to enter and succeed in science and engineering schools. CAHSEE is a non-profit
organization registered in the District of Columbia with programs in Metropolitan
Washington, New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, and California.
CAHSEE's programs are aimed at developing students' intellectual abilities,
thus providing them with a sound academic foundation to bolster their
professional expectations, attitude, and motivation towards learning and
commitment to excellence and educational success. This is done by placing
the students in a demanding, yet nurturing, academic environment. Rigorous
academic demands in a can-do atmosphere have proven to have a marked effect
on the future performance of CAHSEE students in math, science and engineering
CAHSEE's programs include:
- The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute
- Saturday Academy and Student-Parent Workshops
- The Young Educators Program (YEP)
- SAT/SOAR program
- Junior Engineers and Scientists Program (JESP)
- Young Engineers and Scientists Program (YESP)
CAHSEE’s program expansion strategy is based on its well-recognized
reputation of replicable successes.
In 1992, CAHSEE initiated the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) Institute at the Catholic University of America, and the SAT/SOAR
program at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. These
two programs sought to prepare metropolitan Washington D.C. Latino pre-college
students to enter science and engineering schools, and also Hispanic college
students to excel in their academic pursuits.
In 1993 NASA became CAHSEE's first official sponsor and key supporter.
NASA's sustained support has allowed CAHSEE to become a recognized national
academic organization. CAHSEE's role in preparing Latinos and other underrepresented
minorities in science and engineering is highly recognized by academia,
the White House, Federal agencies, Congress and the Latino community,
where it plays a key role in the Latino Science and engineering Consortium.
In 1994, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the George
Washington University (GWU) offered CAHSEE its facilities for the STEM
Institute and the SAT/SOAR program. That same year, the Young Educators
Program (YEP) was initiated. GWU became CAHSEE's first permanent home.
The STEM Institute, YEP, and the SAT/SOAR program eventually evolved
into a comprehensive system of pre-college and college initiatives.
In 1995, CAHSEE and the City College of New York (CCNY) entered into
a strategic partnership to inaugurate the STEM Institute in New York City.
Since then, this program has been offered primarily to high achieving
high school juniors.
In 1996, the STEM Institute was initiated in Chicago at the University
of Illinois-Chicago, and a pilot program was held in Silicon Valley (San
Jose-Santa Clara) at Santa Clara University
In 1997, CAHSEE started its fourth program, the Young Engineers and Scientists
Program (YESP) in collaboration with the Department of Energy.
In 1998, the STEM Institute was formally established at Santa Clara University
and a pilot program took place in Los Angeles at the California Institute
In 2001, the STEM Institute was piloted at Merrimac College in Lawrence,
Massachusetts. The program will become fully implemented next year.
In the last ten years, CAHSEE has worked with over 1000 intermediate
and high school students in Washington, DC, Chicago, New York City, Pasadena
and Santa Clara in California, and Lawrence, Massachusetts, and with nearly
200 college and graduate students from most of the major universities
in the nation.