Four mega project student leaders in The University of Texas-Pan American Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program (Tex PREP) met Aug. 4 with representatives from the Shell Oil Exploration and Production Company, which through the Shell Oil Company Foundation, is one of the sponsors of the Tex PREP program at UTPA. Tex PREP is an academic enrichment program for Rio Grande Valley middle and high school students interested in careers in mathematics, science, technology and engineering. Designed as a three-year program with students starting as freshmen, Tex PREP includes an eight-week series of summer classes, which concluded Aug. 1 with the construction of mega projects. Shown standing left to right are Fred Palmer, manager of public affairs, Shell Oil; Tex PREP mega project leaders - Cassie Robles, modular castles project; Rey Garcia, pedal carts project; Jennifer Martinez, "The Discovery of Calculus" play project; and Pedro Palomin, rockets project; Stacy Hutchinson, senior public affairs representative, Shell Oil; Candi Roxas, UTPA executive director of development; and Lydia Aleman, director of development and endowment services at UTPA. Seated left to right are Dr. Miguel Paredes, professor of mathematics and Tex PREP director, and Felipe Salinas, UTPA special programs director.