An International Experience
Last winter, Sarp Tatlici (at left in picture), decided he wanted to attend some sort of science or engineering summer program. The 17-year-old sat down with his mother and surfed the Internet looking for programs that might interest him.
“We were looking for engineering and stuff, and this popped up. We looked at each other and said ‘Why not?’” The “this” Tatlici saw was the website for the Summer Youth Program at Michigan Technological University. In particular, the teen was interested in the Engineering Scholars Program. What makes his story a bit unusual is that Tatlici and his mother discovered SYP at Michigan Tech while surfing the web from their home in Istanbul, Turkey, about 5,250 miles from the Houghton campus.
Sarp Tatlici is one of four international students attending the Engineering Scholars Program. In addition, three young men from Bahrain spent the week in Houghton as well.
It is not unusual to see students from all over the world on the Tech campus during the summer. Amanda McConnon, assistant director of the Center for Pre-College Outreach, says this summer nearly 12 percent of the Summer Youth Program participants come from other countries. This is close to Michigan Tech’s 15 percent make-up of international undergraduate and graduate students.