TARGET: The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering and Technology
The program is an experience for students of all backgrounds and abilities to collectively discuss STEM, engage in activities utilizing the engineering design process, encourage one another in their pursuits and passions, and share their diverse experiences
Aisha Ciafullo, TARGET Program Coordinator
TARGET is a summer program designed for middle school and high school students to increase awareness and familiarize them with career opportunities within engineering. The program also seeks to eradicate the negative stereotypes commonly associated with women’s ability to pursue careers in math and science related fields.
The TARGET Program
TARGET sessions are each one-week long and age-specific. Program leaders are School of Engineering student mentors and faculty members who facilitate workshops, hands-on activities, labs and projects for participants to learn more about the many different engineering disciplines.
Sessions are held on the Busch campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Transportation must be provided by the participant’s family. Lunch and two snacks are provided by Rutgers daily.
The cost for the one-week TARGET program is $450. Sponsorship is available on a need basis upon acceptance into the program.
TARGET is open to all qualifying students regardless of their sex, gender, or gender identity.
Program Dates For 2023
When selecting a TARGET program, please note classes are determined by current grade-level at the time of application.
TARGET I (6th grade): July 3, July 5-7
TARGET II (7th grade): July 10 - July 14
TARGET III (8th grade): July 17 - July 21
TARGET IV (9th grade): July 24 - July 28
TARGET V (10th grade): July 31 - August 4
TARGET VI (11th grade): July 17 - July 21
“I loved this program so much. The counselors were amazing, nice, kind, and funny. I had so much fun with the projects and all my friends. I hope to return next year and I don't think you need to change anything.”
“I liked the program very much and I would be more than happy to apply next year. I would absolutely recommend the program to a friend. I learned a lot from the program and it helped me think about my future because I learned about different engineering disciplines which was very good.”
“I loved the fun and friends and how emphasis was put on encouraging girls in STEM.”
“I love the program every year as it refreshed my passion for the subject of engineering. TARGET also increases my confidence as I am reassured and inspired by the wonderful counselors.”
“I enjoyed the hands on experience.”
"What I liked most about this summer program is that I had the opportunity to work with a graduate mentor for research and was able to learn something new as well as spark interest in a possible major in my future endeavors."