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RAMP: Research Academics & Mentoring Pathways

The Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell is excited to have you on board!

The Research, Academics and Mentoring Pathways (RAMP) program is a summer jumpstart for new freshmen engineering students that focuses on increasing enrollment, retention and accomplishment of those that continue to be underrepresented in the engineering field. This includes women and racial and ethnic minority students. RAMP is designed to help you create a pathway to successful graduation that also includes a profile of extracurricular activities such as research and industry experience, entrepreneurship and community engagement.

Starting July 6 and ending August 12, this six-week program will allow you to earn your first six credits toward graduation. But it's much more than early enrollment. We will also help you build skills such as programming, technical writing and communication while providing your very first research opportunity with a professor on campus. You will meet engineers and alumni from different industries and hear about their pathways to successful careers. Finally, we will take you to leading companies in metro Boston to get a first hand look at the diversity of engineering jobs.

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  • Signal Processing in Acoustics
  • Biomedicine and RF Communications
  • Sensor Design
  • Autonomous Systems & Advanced Manufacturing Data Analytics
  • Computational Modeling
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  • Intro. to Engineering (2 credits)
  • Calculus I (4 credits)
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  • Establish Connections with Faculty Mentors
  • Network with Alumni from Industry
  • Work Effectively with Teaching Assistants
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Pathways to Success

  • Build a computer and learn computing skills
  • Learn the art of technical communication
  • Learn how to lead and work as a team
  • Connect math, Physics and Engineering in problem solution
  • Learn about grand challenges in Engineering and their societal impact
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Tentative Schedule for RAMP 2021

RAMP 2021 will include course lectures for Calculus I or Calculus 1A in the morning followed by opportunities for tutoring and one-on-one support with instructors. Following a lunch break, we will regroup in the afternoon for the Introduction to Engineering course where you will take part in a design project, learn to code and collect data from the system you build. We will also include opportunities for you to interact closely with industry professionals and participate in social events designed to help you build a community of friends for your future at UML and beyond. These activities will get you started on building research skills, learn how to communicate and present your findings and more importantly find that network of mentors that can be your support team in the future. There are also a number of workshops we are developing that you can choose to attend during the afternoon. With topics such as Transitioning to University Life and Rock like a River Hawk you will enjoy the camaraderie of meeting other students, faculty, staff and advisors. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with the Calculus course and typically end at 4 p.m. but with a number of breaks in-between to relax.


The cost of RAMP is approximately $2100 but you may be eligible for scholarships provided by UMass Lowell's generous partners and supporters. Information on your application to RAMP will determine your eligibility for this support.

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How To Sign Up

RAMP Opt-in Online Form

Because space is limited, please complete the online form as soon as possible.

Once your participation is confirmed, detailed information will be sent to you including the application required and related requirements.

If you need more information please contact us.


This program is only available to new engineering students joining the Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell in Fall 2021.

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