FAME / UD Virtual Summer Program and Application

About the FAME / UD Virtual Summer Program

Special Note: The 2021 program will be offered in-person 8:00 AM – 12:45 PM, Monday – Thursday and 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Fridays each week of the program on the University of Delaware campus (approximate times- subject to change). Additional program activities will occur virtually 5:00 – 6:00 PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Monday – Thursday, each week. Application deadline extended until May 21, 2021.
Application documents can only be accepted at this address: coefamesummerdocs@udel.edu.
Do not send documents to personal email addresses. Only send supporting documents as a pdf.

The FAME/UD Virtual Summer Program has as its focus science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Mathematics and science continue to hold the primary focus of this four-week program. The following material highlights program goals, curriculum, and participant selection criteria. Admission to this very ambitious and challenging program, as always, will be highly competitive. Please note: The ability to offer the FAME/UD Virtual Summer Program is contingent upon receiving funding from all sponsors.



Marianne Johnson, Director, FAME/UD Summer Residential Program

FAME/UD Summer Program and Application

Special Note: Open to active participants of FAME Delaware only. For details go to FAME Delaware, Inc.

Program Goals:

  1. To increase the effective participation of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American youth in engineering and other science professions.
  2. To provide accelerated academic enrichment instruction in mathematics, science, English and engineering related material.
  3. To provide an intense and demanding academic setting resembling a college engineering curriculum.
  4. To provide professional/personal development workshops, assistance in college selection and information on the engineering and science professions. 


  1. Student must be an active participant of FAME Delaware.
  2. Students must be in 10th or 11th grade at the time of application.
  3. Students selected to participate in the program must express an interest in engineering, mathematics and/or the applied sciences.
  4. Students must be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum receiving grades of “B” or better especially in mathematics, science and English courses.
  5. Students must submit a copy of their high school transcript and a copy of their most recent grade report card.
  6. Students must submit a one-page essay or statement on why they desire to come to the program.
  7. Students must submit 1 letter of recommendation from the following: current (or most recent) high school math or science instructor, describing the student’s math or science abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
  8. Students must also submit, if taken, their PSAT scores.
  9. Students are expected to attend all 4 weeks of the program. **No student may be absent from the program more than 3 times. All absences must be approved by the Program Director**


Program Dates:

June 27 to July 23, 2021

Duration: Four Weeks 

Application Deadline:

*Application Form should be completed ASAP. All other application documents should be sent by email at the same time by 5:00 PM on May 21, 2021.
Only send supporting documents as a pdf.


  • Rising 11th Grade – Algebra II or Precalculus, Chemistry, English and Chemistry Technology
  • Rising 12th Grade – Precalculus or Calculus, Physics, English and Engineering Design


****IMPORTANT: The structured nature of the curriculum of this program does not provide for cross-curriculum offerings for individual students. All students must take the courses indicated for their grade, which means, under no circumstances will a rising 11th grade student take Physics or Calculus.

To Apply:

Online Application

Supporting application documents:

The information requested from applicants will allow us to make final preparations for the program. Only applicants who submit the requested information as completely as possible will be considered for participation.

  • A copy of your high school transcript
  • Your most recent report card
  • One-page essay
  • 1 letter of recommendation from your current or most recent high school math or science instructor which provides insight into your level of math or science preparation. (Please note: This program is designed for students who have shown proficiency in mathematics, science, and English, and who wish to explore career possibilities in engineering.

There is a separate curriculum for rising 11th and 12th graders.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide cross-curriculum offerings for individual students, for example: rising 11th grade students may under no circumstances take Physics or Calculus.)

Please send ALL of your application documents at the same time to this address:


Only send supporting documents as a pdf.
We cannot be responsible for any application documents sent to personal email addresses. No FAME/UD application documents will be accepted at personal email addresses.

Questions can only be addressed by email because we continue to work remotely. You may direct questions to this address: coefamesummerdocs@udel.edu

Employment Opportunities

Applications are being accepted for the position described below with the FAME/UD Virtual Summer Program, sponsored by the UD College of Engineering from June 26 – July 23, 2021. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Application packet must be completed before an interview can be scheduled. DEADLINE: 5:00 PM, June 11, 2021. Please note: The ability to offer this program is contingent upon receiving funding from a number of sources

Current Opportunity:

Please click job title for full details (PDF)

To Apply:

A complete application includes:

  1. Detailed letter of interest-specific to position
  2. Current resume
  3. One current letter of recommendation. (Cannot be from a family member or current undergraduate student. Must be on letterhead with an original signature-not electronic.)

These items should be sent to Marianne Johnson at mtj@udel.edu.

Only electronic documents will be accepted. Completion of the application process includes an interview. Not all applicants will be interviewed. Only applicants with completed applications will receive an interview.


  • Effective January 1, 2011, all University of Delaware employees must complete a criminal background check.  More information about this process will be provided if you are selected for a position.
  • PA positions: By the time of employment, you must have completed a minimum of 1 year of post-secondary study (4 year or 2 college/university).
  • Interest in working with high achieving 11th & 12th grade students who have an interest in Engineering/Science/Math/Technology.
  • Interest in serving in the capacity of a mentor.
  • Ability to problem-solve and address situations in a mature manner.
  • Engineering/Science/Math/Technology background helpful but not required.

Additional Information:

Further details about the student population you would work with are available in the Virtual Summer Program description above. The program duration is 4 weeks with 1 day of staff orientation on Saturday, June 26th. The program is not in operation on Saturdays.

This is a paid position. Please refer all inquiries to Ms. Johnson, Director, FAME/UD Virtual Summer Program at mtj@udel.edu. Please feel free to share this position announcement with your colleagues at other colleges/universities.