SESEY 2021 has been CANCELLED. We will be back in Summer 2022.
   Thank you for your patience and understanding.
   Questions: contact
   Dr. Skip Rochefort


SESEY (Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth) was created to encourage traditionally underrepresented groups to explore the world of engineering and to consider careers in its variety of fields. This one-week summer program is open to all who are interested in supporting that mission and who otherwise meet the application requirements. The program will culminate with a presentation of student projects and a display at the annual Corvallis da Vinci Days celebration. 

Initiated by Oregon State University in 1997, SESEY is coordinated by the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering. Funding for the program is provided through grants from the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Oregon State University Pre-College Programs, National Science Foundation and Bridges Family Foundation. (Feature story: "Opening doors to engineering for youth")

For more information, download the 2020 SESEY flyer. Although each year's schedule is a bit different, you may also download and review a previous year's SESEY Week Student Schedule for an idea of what to expect. 

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How to Apply

SESEY 2020 will take place the week of July 12-17. Completed applications postmarked by May 25 will be considered. The first round of notifications of acceptance will be made by June 1 via email. Early application is encouraged due to limited facilities.

A completed application includes three items:

1. Application Form

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2. Handwritten essay

In your best writing style, describe yourself and your family. Include information about your activities, hobbies, awards and a statement about why you want to attend the SESEY program (two pages).

3. School transcript of grades

Please send a transcript listing all grades for the previous school year and first semester of the current year. Your guidance counselor can provide this for you. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

After printing out and completing the application form, send it with your completed essay and school transcript to:

Skip Rochefort, SESEY
Oregon State University
School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
116 Johnson Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-2702

Questions? Contact Skip Rochefort ( by email only.

2017 SESEY Posters

Previous SESEY Projects and Group Photos

View a list of SESEY projects and group photos (PDF) from previous years: