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

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

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 an academic credit bearing program. It is meant to introduce students to the different disciplines and societal impacts of 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 avilable to students who have been admitted to the program. 

*payment is due at time of enrollement.

Registration Information 

Registration for S.P.I.C.E. 2018 is not yet open. It will open on FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018 at 7:00am.


Your completed application must include the following items (applications will be available on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:00am):

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.

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 due Wednesday, February 28th.

Applications DUE: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:45pm

Decisions Released: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 via email. 

*Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Contact Information

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

Ivan Lamas-Sanchez
Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment Programs
Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-0315

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