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
Sample Daily Schedule
Please note that this serves as an example of a daily schedule. Specific activities, times, and locations are subject to change.  Each day will include 3 meals in a campus dining hall, presentation(s) and hands-on activities from an academic department(s), and a team project session in the evening. 


7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast North Campus Diner
9:00 am - 10:00 am Engineering Student Panel Conversation CSI, Rm. 3111
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Dept Presentation: Fire Protection Engineering J.M. Patterson, Rm. 1215
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch South Campus Diner
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Dept Presentation: Civil and Environmental Engineering Martin Hall, Rm. 1131
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm True Colors Leadership and Teamwork Activity CSI, Rm. 2121
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Dinner South Campus Diner
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Team Project J.M. Patterson, Rm. 1215
9:00 pm -  Evening Activities Prince Frederick Hall
2020 Summer Program Dates
This week-long, residential program will be hosted twice during the summer of 2020. Students admitted to the program can only attend one of the sessions.
  • Session I: Sunday, July 19 - Friday, July 24, 2020
  • Session II: Sunday, July 26 - Friday, July 31, 2020
*The program will begin at 4:00pm on Sunday and conclude at 5:00pm on Friday.  
The application for Summer 2020 E2@UMD will be available on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and will remain open until Sunday, March 1, 2020. Application review will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020.  
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020. 
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). 
You can find the application here beginning on Saturday, February 1, 2020. 
The cost of the program is $1,300* per student. This fee covers all expenses except transportation to and from the University of Maryland. 
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.
With gratitude for their generous support to:
* The cost of this program is also 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 Open: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Application Deadline:  Sunday, March 1, 2020
Admissions Decisions Released:  by Friday, March 13, 2020
Scholarship Applications Due:  TBD
Scholarship Decisions Released:  TBD
First E2@UMD Payment Due ($625):  TBD
Final E2@UMD Payment Due ($625):  TBD
Session I:  Sunday, July 19 - Friday, July 24, 2020
Session II:  Sunday, July 26 - Friday, July 31, 2020

Contact Information

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