E2@UMD Exploring Engineering | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
Program Overview
Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) is a one-week summer program for high school women (rising 11th and 12th graders) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. Participants will live on campus for one week and explore the world of engineering through hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, team challenges and seminars with professional engineers.
Note: This is NOT a college credit-bearing program. It is meant to introduce students to the different disciplines and societal impacts of engineering. The mission is also to strengthen confidence and foster community among women who aspire to study engineering.  
A Taste of College Life!
Participants will live in a University of Maryland residence hall for the week. Students will find that the residence hall is not only a place to sleep, but also a place to have conversations with friends, enjoy late night snacks, and even do laundry! Undergraduate engineering students will serve as summer program interns to manage the residential area. They are committed to helping participants have an enriching summer experience. The summer program interns will live in the residence hall and foster a community atmosphere by planning social programs throughout the week.
Goals of E2@UMD
  • Provide a positive learning experience for high school women in a collegiate environment
  • Increase knowledge of engineering disciplines and potential engineering careers
  • Build community among women who aspire to be engineers
  • Foster mentorship relationships between high school women, college students, and engineering professionals
  • Strengthen self-confidence among women high school students who are interested in STEM
The Curriculum
The curriculum of the E2@UMD program focuses on introducing participants to the fundamental principles and concepts of engineering, as well as the influences of engineering on society. Students attend engineering lectures conducted by faculty and guest lecturers, conduct laboratory experiments, observe laboratory demonstrations, participate in tours of campus labs and facilities, and meet with professional engineers. E2@UMD gives students hands-on and experiential learning opportunities in specific areas of engineering.
Sample Engineering Disciplines Covered:
Aerospace Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Fire Protection Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering​
Mechanical Engineering
2019 Summer Program Dates
This week-long, residential program will be hosted twice during the summer of 2019. Students admitted to the program can only attend one of the sessions.
  • Session I: Sunday, July 7 - Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Session II: Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19, 2019
*The program will begin at 2:00pm on Sunday and conclude at 5:00pm on Friday.  
Application Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
As part of the application, you will be prompted to answer the following:
  • In 250 words or less, please tell us what has motivated you to consider engineering as a potential career. 
  • In 250 words or less, please explain why you are interested in participating in Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) and what you hope to gain from this experience, if accepted.
  • You will also be asked to upload a copy of your transcript (official or unoffical is acceptable). 
Or, paste the following link into your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/rRlo8sFFma56Op4r2
The cost of the program is $1,100* per student. This fee covers all expenses except transportation to and from the University of Maryland. 
A limited number of scholarships are available to admitted students with demonstrated financial need. Once admissions decisions are made, students will be contacted directly with information on all scholarship opportunities.
* The cost of this program is partially funded by a generous donation by Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans. 
Cancellation Policy: Once enrollment for E2@UMD is complete, we will not be able to refund your payment if your student is no longer able to attend. 
Application Deadline:  Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Admissions Decisions Released:  by Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Scholarship Applications Due:  Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Scholarship Decisions Released:  by Friday, April 19, 2019
First E2@UMD Payment Due ($550):  Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Final E2@UMD Payment Due ($550):  Monday, June 3, 2019
Session I:  Sunday, July 7 - Friday, July 12, 2019
Session II:  Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19, 2019

Contact Information

Becky Kenemuth,  Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment
Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-3283
Email: rzonies@umd.edu