Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Update as of 3/1/2017:
We're currently working through changes that have been implemented to account for the growth and demand SEEK has experienced. As a result, there will be delays in the opening of registration for sites and the deployment of acceptance letters for students and mentors. We ask that you please be patient with us during this time as we want to ensure that we provide the highest level of customer service now and during SEEK season.

Please see the information below for questions you have. If you don't see the answer you are looking for, please email SEEK@NSBE.org.

Student and Parent FAQs


When will the 2017 SEEK student application open?

The application is open for the following cities:

  1. Baton Rouge
  2. Birmingham
  3. Detroit
  4. Houston
  5. Kansas City
  6. New Orleans
  7. Sacramento
  8. Atlanta (All-girls)
  9. Chicago
  10. Jackson (All-girls)
  11. Los Angeles
  12. Oakland
  13. Pittsburgh
  14. Washington, DC

Are there any changes with the SEEK student application?  

Yes. All parents and guardians registering students must create an account with an elgible email address. You will have to verify your address via email before moving forward with the applicaiton. Click here to access the application.


Since there is no longer a first come, first serve process, how are students selected?

Students determined to most benefit from the SEEK experience will be selected for participation. Criteria for selection includes, but not limited to: Gender, age/grade, household income, previous SEEK participation, previous SEEK attendance record, sibling participation, NSBE Jr. membership status, membership with a NSBE partner organization and other student selection criteria required by funders, school districts, etc. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis and the application will stay open until the start of the program.
 

How will I know if I've been accepted?

While some SEEK sites will accept students on a rolling basis, SEEK staff intends to inform parents of an acceptance decision as early as February 1st and complete the process in early April.

Will there be a waiting list?  

This year, we are keeping the application open until May 2017 so that we can see the true demand for SEEK. As additional slots become open in the program, our staff will accept students from the pool of completed applications.

 

Can I give a donation to the SEEK Program?  

Yes! And we ask that all parents, family members and supporters who have benefited from the program to please make a donation. Each SEEK site is sponsored by a company or organization. However, in many cases, sponsorship dollars can not cover all costs. Receiving donations can allow us to open up more spaces at sites for students. To give a donation, please visit the Donate to SEEK page today.




Mentor  FAQs


How do I apply to become a mentor?

Go to this page and read all the information: http://www.nsbe.org/Seek/Mentor.aspx. The application link will be at the very bottom.


Do I have to be an engineering or STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) major to serve as a mentor?

No, you do not but every classroom is required to have at least one STEM major. Education and non-STEM majors that focus on the social and behavioral development of students such as social work are highly encouraged to apply.


Is housing provided?

There is a very limited amount of housing provided at select sites. Each site has different sponsoring levels, therefore, we can not accommodate everyone in every city.


Is preference given to mentors who have housing?

Yes, but you must also all requirements to be a mentor. Highly ranked applicants who have local housing and transportation to get to and from the site will given preference.
 

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