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High School: Exploring Engineering at the Univ of MD (E2@UMD)

Program Overview

E2@UMDExploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) is a one-week summer program for high school women (rising juniors and seniors) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. You 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.

GoalsStudent['s Glenn Tunnel Visit

  • Provide a positive learning experience in a collegiate environment
  • Increase your knowledge of engineering and the majors within engineering
  • Expose you to female role models in engineering
  • Introduce you to other high school women with similar interests
  • Support your decision to pursue engineering as a course of study in college

Program Dates

July 9-15, and July 16-22, 2017
Sample Engineering Disciplines Covered:

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

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.


A Taste of College Life

You will live in a residence hall on the College Park campus for the week. You will find that your 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 you have a fabulous summer. The camp counselors live with you in the residence hall and help to foster a community atmosphere by planning social programs throughout the week.


The cost of the program is $1,000* per student. This fee covers all expenses except transportation to and from the University of Maryland and spending money. If additional grants are secured, this fee will decrease. Please do not include the fee at the time of application. The fee is due upon acceptance to the program.

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


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

Program Application


  • The online application for the 2017 programs will be available by February 1st
  • Complete your Biographical Information and Personal Statement online
  • Mail the rest of the Application Package to the address below
  • The application deadline is March 31st and decisions will be sent in mid April

Your Complete Application Package must include the following items:

  1. Biographical Information and Personal Statement (be prepared to complete at time of application)
    An essay describing why you would like to participate in E2@UMD. This is your opportunity to discuss your experiences, extra-curricular activities and strengths for the selection committee. This can be up to 5,000 characters or approximately 700 words.
    **NOTE: It is important to check for spelling and grammatical errors. We suggest that you type your essay response in a word processing program first, review it for errors, then cut and paste it into the text box on the online form.**
  2. Teacher Recommendation [pdf]
    This recommendation must be from a math, science or engineering teacher.
  3. Official High School Transcript
    If the classes you are currently enrolled in are not listed on the transcript, please attach a list of current classes.

All supplemental application materials (teacher recommendation and official transcript) should be mailed together to:

University of Maryland - Women in Engineering Program
1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Attn: E2@UMD

You will receive a confirmation email when all of your materials have been received.