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Flexus: The Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Women in Engineering Living & Learning Community

Program Overview

Flexus: The Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Women in Engineering (WIE) Living & Learning Community is a two-year living and learning community that was established in 2007 with the goal of promoting diversity and inclusion in the field of engineering. Open to incoming first-year engineering students, Flexus is an ideal program for students who are looking for community, academic support, and ways to develop as future engineers outside of technical courses. The Flexus community works close with the Virtus Community

In alignment with the mission of the Women in Engineering Program, Flexus aims to shift the culture of engineering to be more inclusive of underrepresented groups, including, but not limited to, women. Flexus seeks to provide the resources and structure for first- and second-year engineering students to be successful through graduation. Furthermore, Flexus aims to create living and learning experiences that enhance the social, intellectual, and leadership development of its members.

Program Features

Living with Flexus

First-year Flexus students live in a common residential community in Easton Hall. Second-year Flexus students may live elsewhere, but are encouraged to remain in Easton Hall. Living with this community helps students to connect with peers in engineering and develop a peer support network. Students can easily create their own study groups, benefit from peer tutoring, and engage in a avriety of social activities specific to the development and interests of the community.

In addition, the Flexus & Virtus Student Lounge is available within Easton Hall for all Flexus and Virtus participants. This space is used for free tutoring services, studying, and other activities.

Learning with Flexus

All participants in Flexus are required to enroll in a 1-credit seminar course each semester for a total of four seminar courses during their first- and second-year.

A key feature of the program, these 1-credit seminars explore a range of topics that seek to: enhance campus and community engagement; promote critical self-awareness; and connect engineering to social issues.Below is a table providing an overview of the curriculum throughout the two-year program:





First Year Fall

First Year Spring

Course Theme

First-Year Transition

Course Theme

Professional & Career Development

Course

ENES 115

Course

ENES 116

Credits

1

Credits

1

Second Year Fall

Second Year Spring

Course Theme

Introduction to Diversity & Inclusion in Engineering

Course Theme

Introduction to Engineering & Social Change

Course

ENES 215

Course

ENES 216

Credits

1

Credits

1

 

Social and Academic Support

In addition to the Living and Learning Program, Flexus students can also enjoy other resources provided by the Women in Engineering Program, such as: networking opportunities; mid- semester advising; participation in the Peer Mentoring Program; and access to WIE staff.

Applying for the Program

Eligibility Requirements

As space is limited, Flexus is designed for students who are not a part of other Living and Learning Programs, though all students are welcome to apply. Please note that applicants unaffiliated with another Living and Learning programs (including but not limited to College Park Scholars and Honors College) will receive preference for enrollment into Flexus. Applicants that are currently a part of other Living Learning Programs will be admitted if space is available.

Application, Review Process, and Timeline

To apply, please complete the Flexus application.  

The deadline to apply for Flexus is Monday, April 1, 2019

The deadline to complete the University of Maryland campus housing agreement is Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Program Contact Information

Elizabeth Kurban
Assistant Director, Retention
Phone: 301-405-8308
Email: ekurban@umd.edu

Becky Kenemuth
Assistant Director, Outreach & Recruitment
Phone: 301-405-3283
Email: rzonies@umd.edu

Julia Anderson
Program Coordinator
Phone: 301-405-9434
Email: jander03@umd.edu