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

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

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

Student working in computer lab on project

S.P.I.C.E Camp, Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering, is a weeklong commuter program for young women who will be entering the 9th and 10th grade in the fall. The program is geared towards women whom would like to learn more about engineering disciplines, opportunities, and careers. Throughout the course of the week, students are introduced to the field of engineering through projects, tours, and guest speakers. Each activity is intended to highlight the relevance of engineering in daily life and showcase how engineering improves society. All activities will be supervised by current engineering students and conducted in a safe learning environment at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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

Program Dates and Times

SPICE Summer 2018 will  take place from Monday, June 25, 2018 - Friday, June 29, 2018. 

SPICE Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  


The $360.00 cost covers all project materials, transportation once on campus, and a morning and afternoon snacks. Students should plan to bring their own lunch from home.

Scholarship opportunities are available based on need. Scholarship applications will be available to students who have been admitted to the program. 

*Payment is due at time of enrollment.

Cancellation Policy

Once enrollment for S.P.I.C.E. is complete, we will not be able to refund your payment if your student is no longer able to attend.

Registration and Application Information 

Registration is now CLOSED! If your student is interested in participating in S.P.I.C.E. we encourage you to sign up for our S.P.I.C.E. Camp Waitlist

Please note that even if your student is on out waitlist they must have a teacher                    submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf. 

Your completed application must include the following items:

Online Application:

Personal Statement (to be completed in the online application):  

In 250 words or less, please write an essay that addresses the following question: "Why do you wish to participate in the SPICE Summer Program?"
**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 or Unofficial Middle/High School Transcript (uploaded onto the online application):

Please upload a copy of your most recent middle/high school transcripts onto the online application. If the classes you are currently enrolled in are not listed on the transcript, please attach a list of current classes.

Please note that you will not be able to save and return to the application form at a later date. You must complete the entire applicaton in a single sitting.  Therefore, we encourage you to have all the required materials before you begin to complete the form.  

Teacher Letter of Recommendation.  

Please provide the following link ( to one (1) teacher for a letter of recommendation. Only 1 letter will be read along with your application. Letters are MUST accompany a student's application for it to be considered complete. 

Decisions Released: Admissions decisions for students on our waitlist will be released on a rolling basis beginning in early-to-mid May. 

*Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Contact Information

Sama Sabihi
Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment Programs
Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-0315

Marissa Massey
Coordinator of Outreach, Recruitment, and Special Programs
Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
Phone: 301-405-3881

Becky Kenemuth
Assistant Director of Outreach
Women in Engineering Program 
Phone: 301-405-3283