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Momentum FAQ

Momentum FAQ

What is Momentum?

Momentum is a 6 unit IAP class that offers students an interdisciplinary perspective on solving some of the world's biggest challenges.

Detials about the theme for Momentum 2018 will be forthcoming.

Students receive coursework during the first week of IAP then in the remaining weeks they will work in small teams to address the theme.  Students are provided access to lab space to work on their projects.  The course will culminate with group presentations to industry representatives.

Who is eligible to participate? 

Momentum is open to first and second year students.

What are the benefits of participating? 

  • Receive 6 units of credit
  • Solve a real world issue
  • Network  with corporate sponsors
  • Obtain hands on design experience
  • Apply for potential summer internships

When does Momentum take place?

Momentum takes place over IAP and officially begins on Monday, January 8, 2018 and ends on Friday, February 2, 2018.

I've never designed anything before.  Who will help me? 

You can still participate. Each team is assigned a Teaching Assistant. Momentum Teaching Assistants are upperclass or graduate students with design experience who will help guide their teams through the process. 

What majors is this open to? 

Momentum is open to students from all majors. 

How much of a time commitment is Momentum? 

Momentum is a 6 unit course and has a substantial time commitment. We recommend you remain within the 12 units allowed over an IAP and also limit extracurricular involvement during this time. Momentum is a very intense, yet rewarding, experience. It is not uncommon for student teams to meet for several hours daily to work toward a completed prototype. There are mandatory lectures each day during the first week of the course and professional development workshops/guest speakers are common during weeks 2-4 (students are provided a calendar for the course at the beginning of the first week). The course culminates with group presentations to our corporate sponsors. The week leading up to the presentations is extra time intensive as students prepare their prototypes and put the finishing touches on their presentations. 

Do I get to choose my own team? 

No.  Momentum staff assign students to teams based on a skills questionnaire.

How do I apply? 

The application will be available in September. Space is available on a first come first basis and we look for 25-30 interested students. As part of the process students submit a resume. 

Why do I have to submit a resume? 

Students submit a resume that is reviewed by the Global Education and Career Development Office.  The finalized resumes are sent to our corporate sponsors as a packet.  Corporate sponsors review resumes and select students for interviews for summer internships depending on if there is a match. 

Am I guaranteed an internship with a corporate partner? 

No.  Students are provided with networking opportunities and their resumes are submitted to the corporate sponsors.  Internship placement is dependent on the corporate sponsors' needs and availability.