QUEST Honors Program

The QUEST (Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams) Honors Program is a three-year program for University of Maryland undergraduates studying business, engineering, and/or science. Through our five-course curriculum, students complete experiential learning projects and gain unique teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills that prepare them for their futures. Now in our 29th year, QUEST has become a mainstay at the University of Maryland, College Park, providing a unique opportunity for students who are interested in multidisciplinary, hands-on learning experiences.

QUEST at a Glance


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Accept Jobs With QUEST Corporate Partners

Information for UMD Students

QUEST invites talented freshmen to apply to the program each year during winter break. Students interested in applying by February 2021 must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently a freshman (or graduating in fall 2023 or later)
  • Currently enrolled in a major offered by the Robert H. Smith School of Business, A. James Clark School of Engineering, and/or College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
  • Achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the first semester


Hadas Elazar-MittelmanQUEST gave me the space to develop personal skills like public speaking and networking within a quasi-professional environment. QUEST students leave with a well-rounded toolbox that allows them to succeed in any path they choose. QUEST at its heart is a big family and provides a very warm and welcoming environment for students. It has been my favorite part of my college experience.

— Hadas Elazar-Mittelman, Materials Science & Engineering '20

Information for Corporate Partners

QUEST welcomes the opportunity to partner with organizations interested in contributing to student learning and gaining access to talented undergraduate students in business, engineering, and science. Our corporate partners provide experiential learning opportunities for QUEST students through project sponsorship in both our capstone course and our data analysis course. Corporate partners are also invited to our annual networking event and receive QUEST resume books every semester.



Annual Experiential Learning Projects


Team Recommendations Implemented


Returning Partners

Bryan BucklandFor many years, QUEST students have provided Northrop Grumman with a fresh perspective for solving some of our business challenges. Using QUEST’s recommendations, Northrop Grumman has improved productivity and streamlined processes, which resulted in cost savings for the company. We are extremely excited to be part of this program and look forward to continuing our relationship with QUEST in the future.

— Bryan Buckland, Senior Director, Finance, Northrop Grumman

QUEST Honors Program Celebrates Diverse Incoming Class

The University of Maryland’s Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program will welcome one of its most diverse classes ever in the fall of 2020. For the 2019-20 school year, QUEST received 245 applications, 14% of which were submitted by students who identify as black or Hispanic/Latinx, up from 8% the previous year. In March 2020, QUEST invited 90 first-year students to the program, 22% of whom identify as black or Hispanic/Latinx, up from 8% the year before. READ MORE.

Undergrads Help Build Businesses in Africa

Few class projects deliver the kind of global impact that comes from those in David Ashley’s course. Ashley, an executive in residence at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, teaches a course that links undergraduate students with entrepreneurs in Africa and helps them grow their businesses. The projects are part of a first-of-its-kind partnership with a U.S. African Development Foundation program that supports young entrepreneurs in Africa. READ MORE.

Professional Staff

Joseph Bailey

Joseph P. Bailey
Executive Director

Pamela Armstrong

Pamela Armstrong
Associate Director

Jessica Roffe

Jessica Roffe
Assistant Director

Rachel DiDonna

Rachel DiDonna
Program Coordinator


David Ashley

David Ashley

Jim Purtilo

Jim Purtilo



QUEST Honors Program
7699 Mowatt Lane
1407 Van Munching Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1815

Phone: 301-405-0534

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