Partner with QUEST

Do you have business obstacles you’ve been wanting to tackle, but lack the dedicated resources to take them on? Would you like to find efficient, cost-effective ways to resolve them? Your QUEST is finally over. By partnering with the QUEST Honors Program at UMD through a data analysis or capstone project, you will receive valuable consulting services at a reasonable cost.

Benefits for Your Company:

  • Fresh eyes looking at your company's processes, bringing knowledge of the latest trends in business and technology.
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collected from interviews with key stakeholders.
  • Valuable recommendations in terms of improved efficiency, increased productivity, and reduced costs.
  • Opportunity to identify top talent at the University of Maryland.

50+

Annual Experiential Learning Projects

92%

Team Recommendations Implemented

85%

Returning Partners

Interested in a partnership?
Contact Jessica Roffe, QUEST Assistant Director at jroffe@umd.edu or 240-444-4733.

Types of Projects

In order to help prospective sponsors understand the benefits and limitations of sponsoring a QUEST Project, the Sponsored Course Agreement terms can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF. These terms were created with the object of providing sponsors the maximum benefit possible while protecting our students from undue legal liability.

The following is a summary of key agreement terms:

  • UMD Students: Students are not employed by the University and cannot be legally bound by the Sponsored Course Agreements. In order to protect students, UMD cannot permit students to sign other agreements drafted by the Sponsor.
  • Confidential information of the Sponsor: Sponsors are discouraged from providing highly sensitive information including trade secrets to course participants. Although students cannot be a party to the Sponsored Course Agreement, the students and course instructor will sign an acknowledgment statement agreeing to protect the confidential information of the sponsor. The sponsor is not permitted to share information protected by legal statute i.e. export-controlled, HIPAA, CUI, etc., with participants.
  • Project deliverables: Project participants will use reasonable efforts to conduct the project and present project results and recommendations to the sponsor at the completion of the project. However, the Sponsored Course Agreement does not guarantee any particular results or deliverables and the sponsorship fee shall not be contingent upon any deliverable.
  • Intellectual Property (IP): UMD policy requires that students own IP they create in connection with course work. UMD cannot require students to assign their IP to project sponsors. However, in accordance with the Sponsored Course Agreement terms, sponsors will jointly own rights to project results so long as sponsor employee(s) participate in the project by providing guidance, direct input, or information that is used in the development of project results. UMD students will sign a statement acknowledging joint ownership of project results.
  • UMD legal status: UMD is a governmental entity of the State of Maryland. With regards to legal jurisdiction, liability, and related contractual terms, UMD is bound by state law, policy, and the consent of the Maryland Attorney General. UMD is unable to negotiate alternate terms and conditions for course sponsorship.

The full Sponsored Course Agreement terms will be incorporated by reference in the Sponsored Course Agreement. If you have questions about the Terms or would like to request a copy of the agreement form, please contact Jessica Roffe at jroffe@umd.edu or 240-444-4733.

ONGOING
Corporate partners set up an initial project brainstorming meeting (in person or via phone/teleconference) with QUEST staff and scoping students.

0–2 MONTHS OUT
Partners work with QUEST staff to finalize the project scope and parameters and prepare data.

SEMESTER BEGINS
Partners attend a kickoff meeting on campus with student teams.

THROUGHOUT SEMESTER
Partners meet regularly with student teams and coordinate site visits and stakeholder interviews.

END OF SEMESTER
Partners attend the final project presentation on campus and student teams present on-site as well.

AFTER SEMESTER
Partners complete a post-project call with QUEST staff and post-project survey 6 months later.

TOTAL TIME COMMITMENT
~5 hours of prep before the semester (project scoping and information gathering)
~1-2 hours per week during the semester (meetings with students and supporting student data gathering)

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