Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering (SPICE) | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Program Overview

SPICE Summer Program (Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering) is a week-long commuter program designed for young women who will be entering the 9th and 10th grade. The program is geared towards women who would like to learn more about engineering disciplines, opportunities, and careers. Throughout the course of the week, students are introduced to the field of engineering through projects, tours, and guest speakers. Each activity is intended to highlight the relevance of engineering in daily life and showcase how engineering improves society. All activities will be supervised by current engineering students and conducted in a safe learning environment at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Note: This is NOT a college credit-bearing program. It is meant to introduce students to the different disciplines and societal impacts of engineering. Its mission is also to strengthen confidence and foster community among women who aspire to study engineering.  
New this year, we've formed a partnership with GE Girls (an effort from General Electric) and WSSC (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission).  Highlights of this year's program include:
  • Field trip WSSC Water Treatment Facilities where participants will engage with professional engineers and learn about alternative sources of energy (among other information!)
  • Day on Capitol Hill where participants will hear from and speak with staffers about girls in STEM and also the intersection of engineering and policy   
GE Girls and WSSC Logos

Program Dates and Times

Session Dates:  Monday, June 24, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019
Daily Hours: 9:00am - 3:30pm
*Please note that this program does not offer before or after-care options. Therefore, we kindly ask you to plan your schedule accordingly. 
Application Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:00pm  There is still space available for Summer 2019 SPICE camp!  Applications will be accepted until the program is full.
As part of this application, you will be prompted to answer the following:
  • In 250 worlds or less, please explain why you are interested in participating in SPICE and what you hope to gain from this experience, if accepted.  
  • You will also be asked to upload a middle/high school transcript.
  • Additionally, you will need to obtain a teacher evaluation. Instructions for submitting the teacher evaluation are in the application.
You can find the application here: SPICE Summer Program 2019 (or, paste the following link into your browser:
The SPICE Summer Program cost is $360.00 and covers all project materials, transportation once on campus, and morning and afternoon snacks. Students should plan to bring their own lunch from home.
Scholarship opportunities are available based on need. Scholarship applications will be available to students who have been admitted to the program. 
Cancellation Policy:  Once enrollment for SPICE is complete, we will not be able to refund your payment if your student is no longer able to attend.
Application Deadline:  Friday, March 22, 2019 AT 5:00PM  Applications will be accepted until the SPICE program is full.
SPICE Payment Due ($360):  Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Session Dates:  Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28, 2019

Contact Information

Sama Sabihi
Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment Programs
Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-0315
Marissa Massey
Coordinator of Outreach, Recruitment, and Special Programs
Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
Phone: 301-405-3881