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 in an residential facility on campus 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 on-campus for the week. Students will find that a residence hall is not only a place to sleep, but also a place to have conversations with friends and even enjoy late night snacks! Undergraduate engineering students will serve as summer program interns and will also manage the residential area. They are committed to helping participants have an enriching summer experience. 

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
  • Bioengineering
  • 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, presentation(s) and hands-on activities from an academic department(s), and a team project session in the evening. 
 
Time Activity Location
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast  
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 The Diner, North Campus
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  
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Team Project J.M. Patterson, Rm. 1215
9:00 pm -  Evening Activities  
 
 

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.  

To apply for E2@UMD, please visit: E2@UMD Application (now accepting for waitlist)

Both sessions of Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) are currently full. It is common for us to move to the waitlist between now and May 1, 2020. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, please fully complete the application. We will contact you should a spot become available.  
 
The Summer Program Application link will direct you to a registration system called CampDoc. CampDoc is run through DocNetwork, LLC.  You will be prompted to "sign up" in order to register. For technical questions related to CampDoc, please contact DocNetwork, LLC directly during regular business hours.  
 
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 unofficial is acceptable). 
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 you have registered and paid for E2@UMD, we will not be able to refund your payment if your student is no longer able to attend. 
 
NOTE REGARDING COVID-19: We understand that we are navigating uncertain times. It is our hope that this program will take place as planned. We will continue to update you as time progresses and we receive information from University of Maryland leadership and the State of Maryland. All payments, including deposits, will be refunded in the case that we cancel this program.
 
Application Open: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Admissions Decisions Released:  on a rolling basis starting on Wednesday, March 18th and will continue until all spots are filled.  
Scholarship Applications Due:  Monday, March 30, 2020
Scholarship Decisions Released:  Friday, April 3, 2020
Deposit Due to Secure Spot: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Full Payment Due: Friday, May 15, 2020
Required Documentation Completed: Monday, June 22, 2020
 
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
 

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