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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 a sample schedule of our 2016 Program Information Brochure [pdf]

Program Dates

SPICE Summer 2018 is scheduled to take place from June 25- June 29. 

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

The $350.00 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.

**Payments should only be sent after students are admitted to the program.


Please check back in January regarding our application.

Your complete application must include the following items:

  • Online Application: Follow this link to fill out the online form.
  • Personal Statement (to be completed in the online application):  
    In 250 words or less, please write an essay that addresses the following 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:

S.P.I.C.E. Camp
Becky Kenemuth 
1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Incomplete applications will not be considered. A confrmation email will be sent when the application package is complete. Please feel free to contact us about the status of your application.

Contact Information

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

Ivan Lamas-Sanchez
Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-0315