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First Year Summer Experience (FYSE)

Overview of the FYSE Program

The Women in Engineering's First Year Summer Experience (FYSE) program is a free three-week summer orientation program for students admitted to Letters and Sciences, focused on the development and strengthening of math-intensive engineering problem-solving skills.

The 2019 program will be open to incoming first-year students who applied to study engineering but were admitted to the Division of Letters and Sciences. Enrollment at the University of Maryland is a requirement for all participants of FYSE. The program is free of cost for all participants and includes room and board, all events, field trips, and activities, and some amazing opportunities to connect with resources in the Clark School of Engineering!

The main goal of the FYSE program is to strengthen engineering-related mathematics skills, with particular focus on pre-calculus and the application of engineering problem solving. The FYSE program is designed to stimulate students’ interest in the field of engineering through exposure to exciting engineering fields and incorporating content relevant to current events. Each week, students will participate in several classroom and laboratory hours of math-intensive curriculum aligned with practicing and strengthening engineering problem-solving skills. The coursework will be taught by university instructors and assisted by teaching assistants and research fellows. Students will be given homework assignments, lab work, quizzes, exams, and an engineering-related group project and final presentation. Upper-level engineering undergraduate students will be hired as tutors to assist students each week night, providing guidance and support on homework assignments and projects.

In addition to the academic components of the FYSE program, the program seeks to cultivate community and a network of support among all participants. Teamwork is strengthened through various team-building activities, such as a group challenge course, aerospace engineering field trips, visits to engineering facilities on campus, and recreational activities. Furthermore, the FYSE program assists in facilitating students’ acclimation, exposure, and access to the Clark School and the UMD campus. Students participate in seminars featuring faculty researchers in various departments within the Clark School. In one seminar students will have the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with the Deans of the Clark School. These sessions provide a unique opportunity for students to have access to Clark School resources and to begin developing a strong network of support, while becoming exposed to various research and extracurricular opportunities offered throughout the UMD campus.

 

FYSE Program Description

 

Academic Component. FYSE participants will attend daily class sessions (from approximately 9:00am – 5:00pm, Mondays through Thursdays and 9:00am - 1:00pm on Fridays). The curriculum, developed by UMD engineering faculty and instructors, focuses on the strengthening of engineering-based mathematical skill development, with emphasis on pre-calculus and the application of engineering problem-solving. Each day during the week, the students participate in several classroom and laboratory hours of math-intensive curriculum aligned with practicing and strengthening engineering problem-solving skills. The coursework will be taught by a university instructor, graduate teaching assistant(s), and assisted by undergraduate teaching assistants and research fellows. Students will have homework assignments, lab work, exams, and an engineering-related group project and final presentation. Upper-level engineering students will be hired as tutors to assist students each week night, providing guidance and support on homework assignments and projects. Please note that the academic component of FYSE is non-credit bearing.

Extra-Curricular. In addition to the academic components of the FYSE program, the program seeks to cultivate community and a network of support among each FYSE cohort. Team building will be strengthened through various team-building activities, such as a group challenge course, recreational activities, and local field trips. Examples of field trips include visits to NASA Goddard, Eaton Aerospace, the Air and Space Museum, the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, the Space Systems Laboratory (home to the 50-foot diameter and 25-foot deep neutral buoyancy tank), and/or a balloon launch trip with the NearSpace High Altitude Balloon Team. In addition, FYSE students will participate in seminars featuring faculty researchers in various departments within the Clark School. During one of these seminars, students have the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the Deans of the Clark School. These sessions provide a unique opportunity for students to begin developing a strong network of support, while becoming exposed to various research and extracurricular opportunities offered throughout the UMD campus.
 

Room & Board. As a residential orientation program, all FYSE participants will be required to live on campus in the provided housing for the duration of the two-week program. Students will be housed in one residence house (on Fraternity Row), which will be staffed by a Resident Director and undergraduate Resident Advisors. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be provided to each student each day throughout the duration of the program by catering services. Living on campus is critical to building a strong community of support through a cohort-based approach.

 

Benefits of the FYSE Program

  • Strengthen academic preparation for entry into the Clark School of Engineering through the development of math-intensive, engineering problem solving skills.
  • Permission to take ENES100, a foundational gateway engineering course in the Clark School of Engineering, which is typically restricted to students in the Clark School of Engineering.
  • Connect with faculty, students, staff, and resources in the Clark School of Engineering.
  • Opportunity to re-take the math placement exam at the end of the program.
  • Build community with other L&S students interested in studying engineering.
  • Free of cost for all participants admitted into the FYSE program.

 

Summer 2019 Program

 

Applicants for participation this summer 2019 are now available through the following link:

 

FYSE 2019 Participation Application

 

Prior to submitting the application above, applicants must first accept their enrollment to the University of Maryland, College Park in the Division of Letters & Sciences. Spots are limited, and offered on a first come, first-served basis.

 

The program dates for summer 2019: Monday, July 8th - Friday, July 26th. Online components of the program will be during the week of July 8th. Move-in will be on Sunday, July 14th for the residential component through July 26th.

 

 

 

Priority deadline for participation applications is May 1, 2019. Following the preiority deadline, applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis based on the availbility of space. For best consideration, apply ASAP.

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Kurban, ekurban@umd.edu.