If you have been able to check out our video on the homepage, you know that i-Trek has important ambitions for the underserved communities studying STEM. The money we raise is primarily targeted toward two components, the Trek research program and community outreach. The Trek is at minimum a two-week long opportunity for select undergraduates to participate in research they select and define, while receiving guidance to better understand what will be required of them in STEM professions or if they want to succeed in graduate school. The hands-on experience our “Trekkers” are given during the Trek is invaluable experiential knowledge, an absolute must for acceptance into a good graduate school, and is often a hurdle for the underserved and underrepresented communities. The Trek aims to assist its students in closing the experience gap, and we need your support. Funds raised will help provide the necessities to execute a successful Trek, such as lodging, travel, meals, and research materials.
i-Trek is also proud of its work in the schools. Please see i-Trek In The Schools for more information about our work in the community. A generous grant we received from MIT allowed a purchase of various science kits that were used for Saturday sessions held in one of Boston’s charter schools. Students had the opportunity to spend an afternoon, under the instruction of our MIT student volunteers, learning hands-on about STEM in ways the schools cannot often provide on their own. This was such a success that we have been asked to bring this program to other schools. Your contributions towards this effort are vital to the community– especially its students.
Photos below are from our benefit dinner held at MIT on May 9th, 2014, where we raised twice our target amount! Thank you to those who attended.
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Day 3 was full of research talks for the Trekkers. Hopefully, it helped as they work toward finalizing a research project.