Although their campaign has concluded, if you would still like to make a donation to the ELeVATE program you may always do so here.
Experiential Learning for Veterans in Assistive Technology and Engineering (ELeVATE)
Help the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) raise $10,000 to support two veterans for the summer 2016 session of ELeVATE, a holistic transition program that supports veterans interested in STEM careers and educates faculty and staff on how to prepare veterans for success.
"My experience in the ELeVATE program was a life altering experience that afforded me the chance to get back on my feet after my medical separation from the United States Marine Corps after 15 years of honorable service."
- Matt H., ELeVATE student
Why ELeVATE is important:
Think back to your first day of college. It was probably filled with excitement, along with a healthy dose of anxiety. Now, try to imagine what that first day is like for someone transitioning from the military, perhaps someone who was wounded or injured in the line of duty. ELeVATE is a three-phase program to assist wounded, injured, and ill veterans with the transition into a science, technology, engineering (STEM) program of study, with a special emphasis on assistive technology and engineering.
"My favorite part of the ELeVATE program was the experience I have gotten working on an engineering project. The planning, researching, presenting, and working in the machine shop all provided a well-rounded look at the design process. Another point of enjoyment for me was helping my fellow veterans with their project, math, writing, or anything else. I feel that I was able to pass along my knowledge to them in a way that helped them understand their projects or something that will help in school down the road." - Gary R., ELeVATE student
ELeVATE participants engage in experiential learning, rehabilitation counseling, mentoring, academic preparation and career exposure activities. The components are designed to increase self-efficacy and outcome expectations which help participants achieve their performance goals as they enroll in and complete engineering and technology degree programs, and pursue a graduate degree or employment in engineering and technology.
How You Can Help:
Your contribution will help cover the living stipends for two veterans during the 10-week on-campus portion of the ELeVATE program. Funds raised above our goal will be applied to stipends for other ELeVATE participants.
Founded by Dr. Rory Cooper in 1994, the mission of the HERL has been to continuously improve the mobility and function of veterans and individuals with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation. HERL is dedicated to advancing education and career opportunities for veterans in STEM-fields.