Have you ever wondered what college is like? Are you interested in pursuing a career in STEM but still unsure what major to choose? Want to engage in hands on workshops that teach engineering principles? Every year the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UCSD hosts the Empower High School Conference to inspire high school students to follow a career in the STEM field. At Empower, participants will have the opportunity to network with UCSD students and faculty, engage in hands-on engineering workshops, and also learn about the many opportunities that a STEM degree can provide. Did we also mention that breakfast and lunch will be provided?
The event will feature keynote speakers, STEM related workshops, and various hands-on engineering activities
Empower is completely free! Make sure you register early because spots are limited!
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapter at UC San Diego was established in 1986. The purpose was originally to create a medium in which the small population of Hispanic/Latino students studying engineering at the university could network with other Hispanic engineers in the area. It was soon apparent that networking was just one of the many benefits that SHPE would provide to students. The role of the chapter has evolved to where it currently serves as a way for students to receive tips and encouragement for academic and professional success.
Empower High School Conference 2018 will take place Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 8 AM - 4 PM at the Jacob’s School of Engineering at UC San Diego.
Yes! We will be selecting participants for this year's conference on a first come first serve basis. We will have a maximum capacity of 175 students. Registration is now open! You can register here!
We ask that you stay for the entire event since we want to be respectful to our guest speakers and workshop leaders. If you have to leave early due to an emergency, we ask that your parent or guardian be present to sign you out.
The conference will consist of hands-on activities, engineering workshops, guest speakers, and lots of interaction between you and UCSD students.
Registration is open to students in grades 9 through 12.
If your sibling is in grade 9 or above, yes. Just make sure to register separately.
Empower 2018 is open to everyone and we encourage all who are intertested to come check out the many activities we have in store for students from grades 9 through 12!
Yes, free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided! If you think this won't be enough then make sure to bring snacks.
Let us know when you register. Make sure to fill out this portion of the registration form and let us know how we can accommodate to you.
Unfortunately we cannot provide transportation, so you will have to coordinate how you travel to and from the conference. Note that parking on campus is FREE on weekends.
Don't worry! You will meet people there who share similar interests as you! Our many volunteers will also be glad to get to know you.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You will receive a t-shirt upon arrival and we will ask that you please wear it during the conference.
You can get both waivers here. Don't forget to print and have your parent/guadian sign both of them! Don't forget to bring them to Empower!! We cannot allow you to participate in the conference without both waivers signed by your parents if you are under 18 years of age. We will have a few extra waivers in case you forget yours at home, however, your parent must be with you at registration so they can sign them for you!
Parents can park in lot P502 (shown below). Check-in and breakfast will be held at Jacbos Hall at 8am.
You can download the Engineering Parking Map PDF here. You can also click on the map at the bottom of this website for the location on Google Maps (can help with navigation through that app).