Program Overview 

The 18th Annual Winter Student Leadership Retreat (WSLR) will be held January 20-21, 2024 (in-person event). The purpose of the retreat is to provide an opportunity for underrepresented minority (URM) students majoring in engineering and computer science to build their career, professional, and leadership skills; as well as to network with corporations and student leaders from 4-year colleges/universities and 2-year community colleges in the Washington-Baltimore-Annapolis area.

Workshops to be presented include career development (interview tips, mock interviews), leadership development, professional development, personal development,  and a corporate information fair.

Students who attend the following colleges and universities and who are majoring in engineering, computer science, physics, and information science are eligible to apply to participate in the retreat.  The program is open to undergraduate students only.

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Baltimore City Community College
  • Capitol Technology University
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Montgomery College
  • Morgan State University
  • Prince George’s Community College
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Proudly sponsored by:

  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • Gore
  • L3Harris
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman


Approximately 3-5 students from each college or university listed above will be selected to participate in the retreat.  All participants will have to complete the online application and 60 - 65 students will be selected through an application review process.  The application is open and the application will be available until November 21, 2023.  Persons who are selected to participate will be notified no later than the second week of December.

There is no cost to students who are selected to participate. The retreat will be held Saturday, January 20 beginning at 8 am through Sunday, January 22, ending at 5:30 pm.  Overnight accommodations (single rooms) on Saturday will be provided along with all meals and transportation to the event.

Application Open:  November 3, 2023

Registration Deadline:  November 21, 2023

Notification Date:  No later than December 11, 2023

Event Dates:  January 20 - 21, 2023

Contact Information

LaWanda Saddler
Program Manager
Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering