• Aaron Olson

    Alumni Spotlight

    During Aaron Olson’s freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his EPD 155 class, Basic Communication, required students to do a project on an engineering topic they were interested in. Olson chose NASA’s space station.

    And little did Olson know that in the coming years, a prototype he created would be tested by NASA, he would fly in microgravity, he would work with NASA on acquiring fuel from the moon to use on earth, and have countless other opportunities that aspiring astronauts could only dream of.

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Where the Wisconsin Idea Happens.

PEOPLE is a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college. Their journey prepares them to apply, be successfully admitted and enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. PEOPLE accepts highly motivated students into a rigorous program to build study skills, explore and strengthen academic and career interests, and gain a positive experience on a world-class campus.

PEOPLE (Pre–College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) is the UW's most successful venture in creating such opportunities and thereby improving campus diversity.


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PEOPLE Program Participants