A transformative engineering education goes beyond preparing students with strong technical skills. At Missouri S&T, we are equally dedicated to providing our students with the mindset and skills needed for self-knowledge, curiosity and the ability to recognize and create value. This is part of our core mission to prepare all our students to “shape the future.”
The Leadership and Innovation for Futures in Engineering (LIFE) program takes this commitment a step further by providing a smaller cohort of engineering and computing students with a comprehensive leadership training experience. This program is run through the dean’s office in the College of Engineering and Computing in cooperation with the chairs of our engineering departments and alumni. Students in the LIFE program will participate in a variety of leadership-building activities and take advantage of special networking opportunities, funding for travel to leadership conferences and individualized mentoring experiences.
Missouri S&T engineering, computer science and geology and geophysics majors may apply for entry into the LIFE program after completing their first fall semester at S&T. We will also consider later applications from transfer students on a case-by-case basis. The application window is open from December 1 through March 1 each year.
There are two pathways for applications. An interested student can apply directly but will need to provide the name(s) of one or more faculty or student references as part of the review process. Alternatively, our team will solicit applications from students who are recommended in conversations we plan to have with student groups, instructors and advisors. The application consists of the typical background information, as well as prompts for several short-answer questions. Finalists will be interviewed as part of the selection process.
Are you interested in becoming a leader and shaping the future?
LIFE students are expected to actively engage as members throughout their time in the program by: attending LIFE events, participating in preparatory activities or reflections associated with activities, sharing experiences with other students and promoting LIFE, responding to a brief survey/activity report during the last week of each academic semester, and adhering to the honor code, policies, and practices of the university and LIFE.