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Program Overview: 

Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) is a one-week summer program for high school women (rising 11th and 12th graders) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. Participants will live on campus for one week and explore the world of engineering through hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, team challenges and seminars with professional engineers.

Note: This is NOT a college credit-bearing program. It is meant to introduce students to the different disciplines and societal impacts of engineering. The mission is also to strengthen confidence and foster community among women who aspire to study engineering.  

A Taste of College Life!

Participants will live in a University of Maryland residence hall for the week. Students will find that the residence hall is not only a place to sleep, but also a place to have conversations with friends, enjoy late night snacks, and even do laundry! Undergraduate engineering students will serve as camp counselors to manage the residential area. They are committed to helping participants to have an enriching summer experience. The camp counselors live in the residence hall and foster a community atmosphere by planning social programs throughout the week.

Goals of E2@UMD:

  • Provide a positive learning experience for high school women in a collegiate environment
  • Increase knowledge of engineering disciplines and potential engineering careers
  • Build community among women who aspire to be engineers
  • Foster mentorship relationships between high school women, college students, and engineering professionals
  • Strengthen self-confidence among women high school students who are interested in STEM

Program Dates

This week-long program is hosted twice during the summer of 2018. Students admitted to the program can only attend one of the sessions.

Session 1: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Friday, July 20, 2018 

Session 2: Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018

The Curriculum

The curriculum of the E2@UMD program focuses on introducing participants to the fundamental principles and concepts of engineering, as well as the influences of engineering on society. Students attend engineering lectures conducted by faculty and guest lecturers, conduct laboratory experiments, observe laboratory demonstrations, participate in tours of campus labs and facilities, and meet with professional engineers. E2@UMD gives students hands-on and experiential learning opportunities in specific areas of engineering.

Sample Engineering Disciplines Covered:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering









The cost of the program is $1,000* per student. This fee covers all expenses except transportation to and from the University of Maryland. The fee is due upon acceptance to the program.

A limited number of scholarships are available to admitted students with demonstrated need and/or merit. Once admissions decisions are made, students will be contacted directly with information on all scholarship opportunities.

* The cost of this program is partially funded by a generous donation by Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans. 

Cancellation Policy

Once enrollment for E2@UMD is complete, we will not be able to refund your payment if your student is no longer able to attend.

Program Application (available on Friday, January 26, 2018)

Preparing Your Application Package:

Applicants should gather the following information prior to submitting an online application. 

Online Application:

Personal statement: Write an essay describing why you would like to participate in E2@UMD and your interest in the University of Maryland and the Clark School. This is your opportunity to present your experiences, extra-curricular activities, and strengths to the admissions committee. Please limit your essay to a single page. 

High School Transcript: Obtain a copy of your high school transcript. Scan and save your transcript electronically so that you can upload it into the application. 

Teacher Recommendation Form: You will need a completed recommendation form from a math, science, or engineering teacher to complete your application. Please provide your recommender with the link ( so that they can complete an online recommendation form. Only 1 letter will be read along with your application. Teacher recommendation forms are due on Wednesday, February 28th in order for your application to be considered complete.  

Application and teacher recommendation form deadline(s) have been extended to Friday, March 9th! 


Admissions decisions will be released by Friday, March 23, 2018.  

For more information contact:

Becky Kenemuth
Assistant Director of Outreach
Phone: 301-405-3283