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

Thank you for your interest in the Discovering Engineering Summer Program at the University of Maryland!  The University has moved to an online environment as of March 23, 2020.  Starting March 30, 2020, all classroom instruction will be conducted virtually.  Click here for more information on the campus's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please continue reading below if you are in the process of applying to the program.  Once again, thank you for your interest in the program. 

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Discovering Engineering Summer Program.  At this time, we are working to update our online application platform, and it is taking a bit longer than expected.  Students interested in the summer program can still begin the application process by submitting the following documents:

  • 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?" Personal statements should be one page, double-spaced, 12 pt font using Microsoft Word or PDF format only.  All personal statements should be emailed to summerengr@umd.edu.
  • A letter of recommendation from a science, technology, engineering or math teacher.  All letters of recommendation should be emailed to summerengr@umd.edu.
  • An official high school transcript mailed to the address below or emailed to summerengr@umd.edu. If you have already mailed an official transcript, you may want to email it as well, as campus mail will be limited due to the campus's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once the online application becomes available, you will be emailed with the link to complete your application.  Once again, thank you for your interest in the program and patience as we work through shifting our application process in order to adhere to current campus policies.

Session One: Sunday, July 26 - Friday, July 31, 2020

Session Two: Sunday, August 2 - Friday, August 7, 2020

 

Priority deadline: April 17, 2020 (Students who apply by this deadline, will be notified of their acceptance status by early May.)

Regular decision deadline: May 15, 2020 (Students who apply by this deadline, will be notified of their acceptance status by early June.)

 

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)

 


 

Eligibility

Students entering the 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2020 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.

Cost

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 summerengr@umd.edu, for more information.

Application

The application consists of four parts:

  1. An online application. Coming soon!
  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?"  All personal statements should be emailed to summerengr@umd.edu.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a science, technology, engineering or math teacher.  All letters of recommendation should be emailed to summerengr@umd.edu.
  4. An official high school transcript mailed to the address below.

Priority deadline: April 17, 2020 (Students who apply by this deadline, will be notified of their acceptance status by early May.)

Regular decision deadline: May 15, 2020 (Students who apply by this deadline, will be notified of their acceptance status by early June.)

Contact Information

Aishah Briscoe, Program Manager

Discovering Engineering 2020

A. James Clark School of Engineering

1126 Glenn Martin Hall

4298 Campus Drive

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

E-mail: summerengr@umd.edu 
(301) 405-5342 (office)
(301) 314-9867 (fax)


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