TARGET: The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering and Technology

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 objective of the program is to eradicate the negative stereotypes commonly associated with women’s ability to pursue careers in math and science related fields. Program mentors and faculty members facilitate workshops, hands-on activities, labs and projects for the duration of the program in hopes of creating an insightful, exciting opportunity for participants to learn more about the many different engineering disciplines.  TARGET is available to all qualifying students regardless of their sex, gender or gender identity.

"One of the biggest benefits of TARGET is that students are mentored by our enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate engineers. We want to encourage all individuals to consider engineering as a viable career option and empower them to be a part of the change to erase negative stereotypes of women’s ability to pursue careers in STEM ."   

                                                                  - Candiece White, Assistant Dean

Program Dates For 2023

TARGET encompasses six different, one-week long, commuter programs for a group of 24 students each. Eligibility for each of the six programs is determined by grade-level.  The program is held on Rutgers University - Busch Campus from 9:00am to 5:00pm each weekday of the designated week. According to the University's current event protocol, face coverings will be required of all guests entering Rutgers buildings (including parent(s) or guardian(s) during drop-off & pick-up). All program participants, when entering the program, MUST provide proof of vaccination or negative PCR test from a test taken no more than 72 hours before the start of the day, or they will be denied entry until proper documentation is received.

When selecting a TARGET program please note that classes are determined by current grade-level (if you are currently in 6th grade, you should apply for TARGET I).

TARGET I (6th grade): July 3, July 5 - July 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 - Aug 4
TARGET VI (11th grade): July 17 - July 21
Transportation must be provided by the participant’s family or guardian. Lunch and two snacks will be provided by Rutgers daily. The cost for the one-week TARGET program is $425. Sponsorship may be available on a need basis upon acceptance into the program.


Here's what some of our past participants have said about our TARGET program:

“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.” 

                                                                           - TARGET I (6th), 2018

“I liked the program very much and I would be more than happy to apply for the 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.”

                                                                           - TARGET II (7th), 2019

“I loved the fun and friends and how emphasis was put on encouraging girls in STEM.”

                                                                           - TARGET III (8th), 2018

“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.”

                                                                           - TARGET IV (9th), 2019

“I enjoyed the hands on experience.”

                                                                          - TARGET V (10th), 2019

"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."

                                                                          - TARGET VI (11th), 2021


The application for our Summer 2023 program will be released by Wednesday, February 1st. If you would like to be notified by our program when the application is released, please complete the following interest form. Thank you!

For more information, contact:

Aisha Ciafullo, Ed.M
Rutgers School of Engineering OSAI
98 Brett Road, Room B-110
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8058
Telephone: (848) 445-1396
Fax: (732) 445-5878