National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) at UB

Investigators: Qing HeAdel Sadek, Qian Wang

Funding Source: Federal Highway Administration

Abstract: The University at Buffalo’s (UB) National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) is a federally funded grant program that allows high school students to explore the state-of-practice of today’s transportation.

Program Highlights

  • One-week non-residential program
  • Exclusively for high school students
  • Participation is completely free and students will receive a $125 stipend after completing the program
  • Learn about transportation engineering through exciting hands-on activities and group projects
  • Tour the regional traffic operation center and transit authority in Greater Niagara Falls and Buffalo region
  • Tour the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Air Control Tower
  • Cruise along Erie Canal in Lockport
  • Spend time with professionals from transportation authorities and industry
  • Gain valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Excellent preparation for college and admissions process
  • Minority or underrepresented students are encouraged to apply

The NSTI program is a highly competitive scholarship program that provides 30 high school students with an excellent opportunity to investigate careers and educational opportunities in today’s transportation industry and beyond.

Students will participate in discussions, hands-on design competitions, and trips to study local and regional transportation hotspots. This program also provides student with a chance to spend time with industry role models and a diverse group of students.

Students may request to talk with university faculty from specific areas of interest, as well as staff members from admissions and student life.

NSTI requires a separate application. Accepted students will receive a scholarship valued at over $1,000 that covers tuition, stipend, lunch, transportation and supplies. Students are responsible for their own travel to and from UB campus during the week. NSTI scholarship funding is provided by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.