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ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program

ESTEEMProgram Dates:

September  19, 2016 - May 12, 2017

Program Description

The ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program offers opportunities in research to high school students (students who will enter the 12th grade in September 2014) and who are considering a career in engineering. The program provides students who are interested in pursuing engineering as a major in college with the chance to learn more about research in engineering disciplines. These students will conduct an independent research project under the direction of an engineering faculty member during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.


Academic Year: ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program

Seniors who participate in the summer and who have a research project requirement will have an academic year long independent project with a faculty member which will result in a final paper and participation in a research symposium in the spring of 2017. Parent/student will need to provide their own transportation to campus. The University shuttle bus is available for schools that are on SHUTTLE-UM routes.


To be considered for the ESTEEM Program students must correctly complete the entire application packet and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Targeted groups for this program are from underrepresented ethnic groups: African American, American Indian, and Latino/Hispanic
  • Have a significant and demonstrated interest in and aptitude for a career in engineering
  • Interested students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0
  • Have an interest in attending the University of Maryland College Park and majoring in engineering
  • Have completed the 11th grade by June 2016
  • Be available to participate in the summer component (4 weeks)
  • Be available to participate 6-8 hours per week during the academic year
  • Completed at least two college preparatory mathematics courses such as Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry and completed at least two science course such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Completion of a 500 word essay titled Why I Want to Participate in the ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program. Please include in the essay how you came to be interested in the field of engineering.
  • Participate in a formal interview, if chosen as a finalist
  • Demonstration of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Submission of a minimum of two recommendations—one from a math teacher and one from a science teacher.
  • Submission of your most current official transcript which includes SAT and/or PSAT and/or ACT scores. A copy of the most up-to-date report card showing your most recent coursework is also required.
  • Be available on a full-time basis (Monday-Friday) for the entire duration of the 4-week summer program
  • Be available to come to campus between 4 days per week (Science and Technology Program participants) or 5-10 hours per week (students who are not participants in the Science and Technology Program) during the school year. 
  • Students with a senior year research requirement or science fair project are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply - Application Closed

  • Complete the Onlne Application. Also, please write a 500 word essay [pdf] on the topic, "Why I want to participate in the ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program." Please include in the essay how you came to be interested in the field of engineering.
  • Parents are to complete the Parent Data Form [pdf].
  • Two (2) recommendation forms are required, one from a math teacher [pdf] and one from a science teacher [pdf].
  • A copy of your high school transcript and a copy of your 11th grade report card through the last marking period.

Mail completed the completed forms, teacher recommendations, high school transcript and copy of the 11th grade report card to:

The ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program
ATTN: Mrs. LaWanda Kamalidiian
Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
131 Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Cost:   There is no cost for the academic year ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program