The Richmond Minorities in Engineering Partnership (RMEP) is a local non-profit organization, which was officially incorporated in July 1978 as Richmond Area Programs for Minorities in Engineering (RAPME) with 10 industry sponsors with a goal to achieve greater diversity in science and engineering. Today, RMEP is managed by a board of STEM professionals from the academic, corporate, and government sectors.
RMEP was formed to establish a mechanism by which minority middle and high school students can be encouraged to consider science and engineering as a profession, thereby assisting in the national effort to alleviate under representation of minorities in all engineering professions. RMEP is an exemplary program of collaborative efforts that bring together two partner institutions: Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University; to offer our signature Summer Engineering Institute.
With the passion, experience, and knowledge, RMEP continues to set strategic directions to maintain a pipeline of minority students across the science and engineering disciplines.
· RMEP increased participation by 10% yearly
· Perfect attendance by 98% of students
· 50% of students return after the first year
· 16 mentors participated in 2015
· 8 industries/companies represented