SEMI HTU Wraps up a Busy 2008


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SEMI HTU Wraps up a Busy 2008

As 2008 comes to a close, the SEMI Foundation’s High Tech U (HTU) program wraps up its seventh year. It is time to look back at some of the successes the program has enjoyed, not only over the past year, but over its entire run so far. Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation’s mission has been to support education and awareness of the field of high technology. This is achieved through SEMI HTU career exploration programs and the granting of scholarships to outstanding participants.

To date, HTU has reached approximately 2,500 students directly, as well as an additional 41,000 students who have been reached through the 476 teachers that have participated in the HTU Teacher Edition programs. Because of this successful track record, the SEMI Foundation increased the number of programs delivered in 2008 by 20 percent, with a total of 18 programs in Austria, France, Japan, Singapore and the U.S.

In addition, during 2008, the SEMI Foundation granted 32 scholarships totaling over US$ 40,000 to promising high school students. These scholarships were made possible through contributions by industry partners, individual contributions, and committee fundraisers held by the SEMI Pacific Northwest Committee and the SEMI Austin Steering Committee.

“After seven years, we are beginning to witness the successes of our program, and we now find ourselves at an interesting milestone,” said Lisa Anderson, vice president of the SEMI Foundation. “Our first generation of students is graduating from college, and we look forward to their feedback and ongoing involvement in the program to help develop new elements and processes that will ensure HTU’s success with future generations of students.”

In a recent survey of a number of the program’s graduates, 99 percent of those surveyed said that their participation in the program improved their knowledge of microelectronics, 91 percent said that they now know what classes they need to prepare for a high-tech career, and 88 percent said they are interested in pursuing a career in science or engineering.

An important goal of the Foundation is to continue to deliver a program that makes a measurable and positive impact on its participants, and through the compelling program that focuses on microelectronics, and educates students on career opportunities, ultimately helping them make more informed decisions about educational choices after high school graduation.

“I hope to be able to pursue a career in engineering or a related field,” explained Kevin M. of Victor High School in Canandaigua, NY. “SEMI HTU made me aware of the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries. I find both very interesting and I may decide to pursue a career in these fields.”

“In addition to exposing students to opportunities in high tech, HTU also strives to instill self-confidence,” said Anderson. “Regardless of whether they ultimately choose to pursue a career in high tech, HTU also gives students the confidence to try new things such as trying out for sports, joining after school clubs, or pursuing difficult studies in preparation for college.”

Rachel S. of Century High School in Pocatello, ID summed her HTU experience up—“I knew I was a smart kid and I had a lot of potential, but [since HTU] I have sought out leadership positions and harder classes.”

SEMI High Tech U is an industry-driven math and science-based career exploration program for high school students and teachers that relies on the contributions of industry companies and educational institutions. To accomplish even more, the SEMI Foundation must expand its base of sponsors and partners. Applied Materials and Intel are companies that have supported the Foundation from the very beginning. In addition, these companies have sponsored HTU for more than three years: Advantest, Air Products and Chemicals, Lam Research Corporation, STMicroelectronics, Salt River Project and Soitec.

For more information, or to become a sponsor of SEMI High Tech U programs, please visit www.semi.org/foundation.