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S.P.I.C.E. Summer Program

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

In partnership with: 

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Program Overview:

S.P.I.C.E Summer Program (Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering) is a week-long commuter program designed for young women who will be entering the 9th and 10th grade. The program is geared towards women who 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.

New this year!: We are thrilled to announce a partnership with GE Girls and WSSC.  Through this unique partnership, participants will have the opportunity to engage with professionals in the field and learn about real-world applications of engineering.  SPICE participants will also participate in a field trip AND will spend a day on Capitol Hill during which they will hear from and speak with policy makers regarding the role of girls in STEM.  

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:

Session Dates:  Monday, June 24, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019

Daily Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

*please note that this program does not offer before or after-care options. Therefore, we kindly ask you to plan your schedule accordingly. 

Tentative Schedule (*subject to change):

Monday: What is Engineering? Hands-on activities in partnership with professionals from GE Girls.

Tuesday: Field trip to WSSC facilities to learn about engineering for the environment.

Wednesday: Hands-on activities in partnership with WSSC & Preperation for Capitol Hill Visit

Thursday: Day on Capitol Hill

Friday: Hands-on activities, Final Reflection, and Closing


The S.P.I.C.E Summer Program cost is $360.00 and covers all project materials, transportation once on campus, and 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. 

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.

Application Information:

Application Deadline: Applications for SPICE will be accepted until the program is full. 

You can find the application here: S.P.I.C.E. Summer Program 2019

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Important Dates: 

Application Deadline: Applications for SPICE will be accepted until the program is full. 

Admissions Decisions Released: Admissions decisions will be released on a rolling basis begining on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

SPICE Payment Due ($360): Wednesday, May 15, 2019
*contact Sama Sabihi at to learn about scholarship opportunities. 

Session Dates: Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28, 2019

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