What is KUEST?

KUEST logo

KUEST (KU Engineering, Science & Technology) is a multi-level outreach program designed to provide underrepresented students with an introduction and pathway into engineering.

If you are a TEACHER, STUDENT, or PARENT interested in learning more about these programs and how you can be a part of them, please reach out to Palvih Bhana or Dr. Elaina Sutley to learn more.

KUEST Middle School

KUEST Middle School students

Middle school students engage in engineering day camps on KU’s Campus. Activities are designed for younger students and maximize interactive learning and fun while exposing students to all the wonders that engineers explore and create in their career.

KUEST 9 - 12

Students engage in half-day tours, IHAWKe students’ panels, and engineering workshops

KUEST students group photo


KUEST students in a laboratory

KUEST Bridge

KUEST Bridge with the pillars of math acumen, mentorship & acclimation, and cohort-building

Incoming freshman admitted to the School of Engineering take a 4-week summer course to prepare them for Pre-Calculus or Calculus 1.


Incoming freshman admitted to the School of Engineering participate in a week and a half engineering acclimation program that focuses on project-based learning.

KUEST ONE Group photo

KUEST Advanced

KUEST Advanced logo with a person traversing a path of KUEST advanced to IHAWKe


This program works with students currently enrolled at Community Colleges and other universities, including Haskell Indian Nations University that do not have engineering degree programs, who plan to transfer into a KU Engineering degree. KUEST Advances supports the student’s smooth transition to the School of Engineering by providing academic advising before the transition to help students identify courses that align with their future engineering degree plan. KUEST Advances also offers mentoring and community for students after they transfer into KU Engineering to continue fostering their success, inclusion and belonging at KU.