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High School: S.P.I.C.E. Camp (CMSE & WIE)

Program Overview

S.P.I.C.E.: Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering

Co-Sponsored by: Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering and the Women in Engineering Program

Student working in computer lab on projectS.P.I.C.E. Camp is a weeklong commuter program for young women who will be entering the 9th and 10th grade next fall and would like to learn more about engineering. Students are introduced to the world of engineering through projects, tours, and guest speakers. Each activity is intended to highlight the relevance of engineering in our daily life and how engineering can work to improve societal problems. All activities will be supervised by current engineering students and conducted in a safe learning environment at the University of Maryland, College Park.

As a bonus, students will be familiarized with the engineering entrance requirements for college. Students who are interested in obtaining an engineering degree will have the chance to work with Clark School of Engineering staff to plan out what courses to take in high school to prepare for a college engineering program.

View the 2016 Program Information Brochure [pdf]

Program Dates

June 27-July 1, 2016
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

CostS.P.I.C.E Camp students test their design

The $350 cost covers all project materials, transportation once on campus, and a morning and afternoon snack. Students should plan to bring their own lunch from home. Payments should only be sent after students are admitted to the program.


The application deadline is March 31st. Decisions will be announced in mid April.

Your complete application must include the following items:

  • Biographical Information and Essay
    Essay should respond to the question: "What can be done to encourage young women and minorities to pursue engineering?"
    **It is important to check for spelling and grammatical errors. Hint: 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 application form.**
  • Official Middle/High School Transcript
    If the classes you are currently enrolled in are not listed on the transcript, please attach a list of current classes.
  • Teacher Recommendation [pdf]
    Recommendation must be printed on school letter head and sealed in a signed envelope. Teacher should address your classroom behavior, ability and interest, specifically in math, science and engineering (if applicable).

Materials should be mailed to:

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Contact Information

Ms. India Alexander
Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
Phone: 301-405-3881