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 2020

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. 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 1).

TARGET I (6th grade) June 29 - July 2 (No Session July 3, due to university holiday)
TARGET II (7th grade) July 6 - July 10 
TARGET III (8th grade) July 13 - July 17
TARGET IV (9th grade) July 20 - July 24
TARGET V (10th grade) July 27 - July 31
TARGET VI (11th grade) July 13 - July 17
Transportation must be provided by the student’s family. Lunch and two snacks daily will be provided by Rutgers. The cost for the one-week TARGET program is $425. Sponsorship is available on a need basis upon acceptance into the program.


The application will open on January 27th, 2020 and will close on February 27th, 2020.

Click here for Summer 2020 Application

For more information, contact:

Interim: Candiece White, Rutgers University
Rutgers School of Engineering OSS
98 Brett Road, Room B-110
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8058
Telephone: (848) 445-2687
Fax: (732) 445-5878