First Year Summer Experience (FYSE) Program

First Year Summer Experience 2021

Women in Engineering's First Year Summer Experience (FYSE) is a FREE three-week virtual summer program offered through the University of Maryland’s (UMD) A. James Clark School of Engineering for students admitted to the Division of Letters & Sciences (L&S). Accepting enrollment at the University of Maryland is a requirement for all participants of FYSE.

One of the primary goals of the FYSE program is to strengthen engineering-related mathematics skills, with a particular focus on pre-calculus. The math-intensive curriculum emphasizes practicing and strengthening engineering problem-solving skills. The FYSE program is designed to stimulate students’ interest in the field of engineering through exposure to exciting fields, such as aerospace engineering, and incorporating content relevant to current events. Each week, students will participate in several virtual classroom hours, in both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Coursework will be taught by an engineering faculty member. A schedule of the program will be posted soon.

In addition to the academic components, the program is designed to cultivate community and build a network of support among participants. Community-building will be strengthened through various team-building activities, such as a virtual group challenge activity and virtual social events and activities. The FYSE program assists in facilitating students’ acclimation, exposure, and access to the Clark School and the UMD campus. Students will participate in a series of seminars featuring faculty researchers in various departments within the Clark School of Engineering. Additional seminars provide important information, resources, and support structures for students as they  prepare for transfer into the Clark School. These sessions provide a unique opportunity for students to have access to Clark School resources and to begin developing a strong network of support, while learning about various research and extracurricular opportunities offered throughout the UMD campus.

The FYSE program is free of charge, and participants can earn a $250 scholarship for successful completion of the three-week program.

Benefits of the FYSE Program

  • Strengthen academic preparation for entry into the Clark School of Engineering through the development of math-intensive, engineering problem solving skills.
  • Learn more about the opportunity to take ENES100, a foundational gateway engineering course, in the Clark School of Engineering.
  • Opportunity to enroll in ENAE100, an introduction to aerospace engineering course offered in the Clark School of Engineering.
  • Connect with faculty, students, staff, and resources in the Clark School of Engineering.
  • Build community with other L&S students interested in studying engineering.
  • Participate anywhere from a virtual platform.
  • Free of cost to participate.
  • Earn a $250 scholarship for successfully completing the program.

Program Dates

Thursday, July 1, 2021 - Friday, July 23, 2021.


  • Be an incoming first-year student admitted to the University of Maryland in fall 2021, having confirmed attendance to the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Admitted to the Division of Letters & Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Commit to participation in the full FYSE program (both synchronous and asynchronous sessions) from July 1, 2021 - July 23, 2021.
  • Demonstrate interest in studying engineering and becoming an engineer.

Application Requirements & Process

To apply to become a participant in the FYSE Program, please complete this application by the priority deadline of May 1, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Space is limited. For best consideration, apply by the priority deadline.

Link to FYSE 2021 participant application:

Questions? Please contact: Liz Kurban, 


FYSE 2021 is sponsored by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium, the Clark School of Engineering, and the Women in Engineering Program


Elizabeth Kurban, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Retention
Women in Engineering