The Academic Program

During the week, you will have an opportunity to explore Maryland Engineering!  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 eight engineering departments to learn more about the specific degree programs, majors, and minors. 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.

2024 Program Dates

Session One:  Sunday, July 28 - Friday, August 2, 2024

Session Two:  Sunday, August 4 - Friday, August 9, 2024

Students will have to opportunity to indicated which session they are interested in attending when completing the online application.  Students admitted to the program can only attend one of the sessions.

Sample Schedule

A sample daily schedule is included below.  Please note that this schedule is only a general outline of how each day is organized; further details of the program are 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)
  • Engineering Design Project (6:00pm-9:00pm)
  • Evening social activity (9:00pm-10:00pm)



Students entering the 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2024 are eligible to apply. Due to a limited number of spaces, we are only be able to accept 25 to 30 students for each session of the program.  All students are welcome to apply to the program.


The entire program costs $1,300.00 per student.  The cost of the program covers all expenses:  project materials, activity costs, and room and board.  Transportation to and from the program is not included. All travel arrangements are to be made by the student and their families.  Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.  Please email for more information.


The application consists of three parts.  All application materials must be received by the deadline in order for an application to be considered complete and reviewed for acceptance.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

  1. An online application which includes a personal statement. Your personal statement should be one page, 12 pt. font, and double-spaced using Microsoft Word or PDF format only.  You will upload this document as a part of the online application.  The topic is as follows:  Please submit an essay describing why you would like to participate in Discovering Engineering and your interest in the University of Maryland and the Clark School. This is your opportunity to present your experiences, extra-curricular activities, and strengths to the selection committee.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a science, technology, engineering or math teacher.  All letters of recommendation should be emailed to
  3. An official high school transcript emailed to

Application deadline

The deadline is April 30, 2024.  Students who complete their applications by this deadline, will be notified of their acceptance status by May 17, 2024. 

Contact Information

Aishah Briscoe, Program Manager
Discovering Engineering 2024
A. James Clark School of Engineering
1126 Glenn Martin Hall
4298 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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