ESTEEM/SER-Quest Summer Program | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Program Overview 

For rising 11th and 12th graders 

The ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program (Engineering Science and Technology to Energize and Expand Young Minds) and the Summer Engineering Research (SER)-Quest is a recruitment program sponsored by the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park.  This summer's program is a 4-week, commuter program.

During the ESTEEM Program, students will:

  • Explore engineering through a research project 
  • Learn about engineering research and engineering concepts 
  • Develop a research proposal and complete a literature search and review for the research project 
  • Learn about the college application process, financial aid processes and test-taking straetegies
  • Meet undergraduate and graduate students through various programs and activities
  • Expose rising high school junior and seniors to engineering research.
  • Introduce rising high school seniors to the University of Maryland and to the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
  • Help acedmically strong high school seniors become highly competitive candidates for admission to the University of Maryland and to the A. James Clark School of Engineering through a research opportunity 
  • The program is open to all students , however, the targeted groups for this program are from underrepresented ethnic groups: African American, American Indian, and Latino/Hispanic.
  • Interested students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Preference given to students with a 3.2 GPA with no C's in Math and Science Courses
  • Have a significant and demonstrated interest in and aptitude for a career in engineering
  • Have a serious interest in attending the University of Maryland College Park and majoring in engineering
  • Have completed Algebra 1, 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry with a B or better. Student must have completed Pre-Calculus by 12th grade
  • Have completed Chemistry with a grade of B or better
  • Have completed the 10th and 11th grades by June 2019
  • Demonstration of excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Be available on a full-time basis for the entire duration of the 4-week summer program
  • Complete all components of application by deadline
  • Participate in a formal interview, if chosen as a finalist
  • CLICK HERE to complete the application (Application will be available on February 1, 2020)
  • Write a 300-word essay on the topic, "What impact does Engineering have on society and what will be your contribution to the field of Engineering?" Please include in the essay why you are interested in the field of engineering.
  • Please include a copy of your resume. You will be able to upload the essay and your resume via the Online Application portal.
  • Two (2) recommendation are required, (1) from a math teacher and (1)from a science teacher.  Ask your teacher to please tell us in narrative form why they endorse you for the ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program. The teacher is to address what they know about the student's academic performance, participation in school activities as well as their character, reliability, conduct and general qualifications for participation in ESTEEM.
  • A copy of the student's high school transcript 
  • A copy of the student's 10th and 11th grade report card through the last marking period.
  • A copy of the student’s SAT Math/SAT Verbal scores,  copy of ACT score and or PSAT score


Please mail the recommendation(s), the high school transcript, and the copy of their 10th (for rising 11th grade students) and 11th grade (rising 12th grade students) report card to:

The ESTEEM/SER-Quest Program                                                   

ATTN: Ms. Marissa Massey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering                                                                                                                                                                                              

 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742

Cost: TBD 

Application Opens: February 1, 2020

Aplpication Deadline: March 1, 2020

Program Dates: July 6, 2020 - July 31, 2020


Contact Information

Marissa Massey 
Program Coordinator of Outreach, Recruitment and Special Programs 
Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
Phone: 301-405-3881