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 hands-on engineering project
  • Learn about engineering research and engineering concepts through the research project
  • Develop a research proposal and complete a literature search and review for the hands-on project
  • Learn about college admissions, financial aid processes
  • Meet undergraduate and graduate students through various programs and activities
  • Expose rising high school seniors to engineering research.
  • Expose rising high school seniors to the University of Maryland and to the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
  • Help students become competitive candidates for admission to the University of Maryland and to the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
  • The program is open to all students and 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.
  • Have a significant and demonstrated interest in and aptitude for a career in engineering.
  • Have an interest in attending the University of Maryland College Park and majoring in engineering.
  • Have completed the 10th and 11th grades by June 2019.
  • Completed at least two college preparatory mathematics courses such as Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry and completed at least two science courses such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • 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. Special accommodations can be made for out of state students.
  • CLICK HERE to complete the application (Will be availble early February)
  • Write a 300-word essay [pdf] on the topic, "Why I want to participate in the ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program." Please include in the essay how you came to be 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, one from a math teacher and one 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 and 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 or a copy of your ACT 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: Early Febraury 

Aplpication Deadline: TBD

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