Discovering Engineering | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

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Session One: Sunday, July 21 - Saturday, July 27, 2019

Session Two: Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Academic Program

During the week, you will have an opportunity to explore engineering at the Clark School by visiting all eight of our engineering departments!  You will participate in a variety of activities including laboratory work and demonstrations, lectures, discussions, computer instruction and a team design project. You will visit each of the engineering departments to learn more about the specific departments and their special projects. Within the network of support provided by the instructors, program advisors, and peers, you will have the opportunity to build self-confidence in applying your math, science and engineering skills.

Experience Campus Living

Find out what Maryland has to offer! Program participants stay on campus and participate in various activities during the evening hours. Evening activities are an exciting way to meet and hang out with other students in a relaxed and fun environment.

Sample Schedule

A sample schedule of the program day follows below.  Please note that this schedule is only a general outline of how each day is organized; further details of the program are to be determined closer to the start of the program.

  • Breakfast (7:30am-8:45am)
  • Academic Sessions/Lab Tours (8:45am-12:00pm)
  • Lunch (12:00pm-1:00pm)
  • Academic Sessions/Lab Tours (1:00pm-5:00pm)
  • Dinner (5:00pm-6:00pm)
  • Robotics Project (6:00pm-9:00pm)
  • Evening social activity (9:00pm-10:00pm)



Students entering the 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2019 are eligible to apply. Due to a limited number of spaces, we are only be able to accept 30 students for each session of the program.  All students are welcome to apply to the program.


The entire program costs $1,000.00 per student.  The cost of the program covers all expenses, except transportation to and from the university and spending money.  Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.  Please email, for more information.


The application consists of four parts:

  1. An online application.  To access the online application, please click here.
  2. A personal statement addressing the following questions: "Why would you like to participate in Discovering Engineering? Why are you interested in the University of Maryland and the Clark School?"  (Please note that this statement should be one page, 12 pt. font, and double-spaced.  It will need to be uploaded through the online application website referenced in Part 1.)
  3. A letter of recommendation from a science, technology, engineering or math teacher.  All letters of recommendation should be emailed to
  4. An official high school transcript mailed to the address below.

Priority deadline: April 19, 2019 (Students who apply by this deadline, will be notified of their acceptance status by early May.)

Regular decision deadline: May 17, 2019 (Students who apply by this deadline, will be notified of their acceptance status by early June.)

Contact Information

Aishah Briscoe, Program Coordinator

Discovering Engineering 2019

A. James Clark School of Engineering

1131 Glenn Martin Hall

4298 Campus Drive

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

(301) 405-5342 (office)
(301) 314-9867 (fax)