Flexus | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

In alignment with the mission of the Women in Engineering Program, Flexus aims to shift the culture of engineering to be more inclusive of underrepresented groups, including, but not limited to, women. Flexus seeks to provide the resources and structure for first- and second- year engineering students to be successful through graduation. Furthermore, Flexus aims to create living and learning experiences that enhance the social, intellectual, and leadership development of its members.

Living with Flexus

First-year Flexus students live in the common residential community in Easton Hall. Second-year Flexus students may live elsewhere, but are encouraged to remain in Easton. Living with this community helps students to connect with peers in engineering and develop a peer support network. Students can easily create their own study groups, benefit from peer tutoring, and engage in a variety of social activities specific to the development and interests of the community.

In addition, the Flexus & Virtus Student Lounge is available within Easton Hall for all Flexus and Virtus participants. This space is used for free tutoring services, studying, and other activities.

Learning with Flexus

All participants in Flexus are required to enroll in a 1-credit seminar course each semester for a total of four seminar courses during their first- and second-year.

A key feature of the program, these 1-credit seminars explore a range of topics that seek to: enhance campus and community engagement; promote critical self-awareness; and connect engineering to social issues.

Below is a table providing an overview of the curriculum throughout the two-year program:

Term Course Theme Course Credits
First Year Fall First-Year Transition ENES 115 1
First Year Spring Professional & Career Development ENES 116 1
Second Year Fall Introduction to Diversity & Inclusion in Engineering ENES 215 1
Second Year Spring Introduction to Engineering & Social Change ENES 216 1

Social and Academic Support

In addition to the Living and Learning Program, Flexus students can also enjoy other resources provided by the Women in Engineering Program, such as: networking opportunities; mid- semester advising; participation in the Peer Mentoring Program; and access to WIE staff.

Eligibility Requirements

As space is limited, Flexus is designed for students who are not a part of other Living and Learning Programs, though all students are welcome to apply. Please note that applicants unaffiliated with another Living and Learning programs (including but not limited to College Park Scholars and Honors College) will receive preference for enrollment into Flexus. Applicants that are currently a part of other Living Learning Programs will be admitted if space is available.

Application, Review Process, and Timeline

To apply, please complete the application available through this link: https://futureumdengr.wufoo.com/forms/flexus-livinglearning-community-application-2019/. The deadline to apply is on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Contact Information

Please direct any questions about the program to any of the following contacts:

Elizabeth Kurban
Assistant Director, Retention
Phone: 301-405-8308
Email: ekurban@umd.edu

Julia Anderson
Program Coordinator
Phone: 301-405-9434
Email: jander03@umd.edu

Becky Kenemuth
Assistant Director, Outreach & Recruitment
Phone: 301-405-3283
Email: rzonies@umd.edu