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7 Perks of Being a QUEST Student

Dec 08, 2014
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The University of Maryland's Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams honors program, known as "QUEST,” is holding its Senior Conference on Thursday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Riggs Alumni Center. Stop by to see student presentations and learn more about the QUEST program! As a preview, we asked current QUEST students what their favorite parts of the QUEST program are in an online survey. Here is what they say are the best aspects of the program:

1. QUEST-only professional opportunities

Every semester, teams of QUEST students partner with companies such as Unilever, McCormick, Volvo and Capital One to create real-world business and technology strategies. More than half of QUEST students who work full-time after graduation accept jobs with these companies.

2. Real-world experience

Working with these companies gives QUEST students hands-on training, bringing learning to a new level and preparing them to be competitive candidates in the job market.

3. Access to the QUEST lab

The QUEST lab, located in the Van Munching Hall, is a great place to for late night studying, socializing with friends, and of course, learning! Some of the lab's features include a Monopad conferencing system, white board walls, quiet study spots, and two conference rooms that are great for group projects.

4. Free printing

Say goodbye to the $0.10-per-page fee at McKeldin Library. QUEST students can print for free in the QUEST lab. An added bonus: the lab also offers free 3-D printing.

5. Travel opportunities

Students in the program can enhance their time at UMD with QUEST-only study abroad, allowing them form stronger bonds with their classmates while experiencing different cultures and business practices in other countries.

6. Dynamic, diverse teamwork

The QUEST program is open to students in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. As a result, QUEST brings together a diverse group of students who learn from each other's unique interests and experiences.

7. Post-graduate networking opportunities

The connections that come from QUEST's corporate partnerships and alumni can't be beat – 73 percent of QUEST students go on to work full time after graduation, while 22 percent continue their studies at Maryland and other top-tier institutions, including Johns Hopkins and UPenn. More than 90 percent of QUEST students land summer internships and co-ops. There are approximately 1,000 alumni of the QUEST honors program, most of which remain active in helping current QUEST students secure jobs and internships. In fact, more than 150 QUEST alumni have visited campus in the past year to participate in QUEST networking events, and 96 percent of QUEST graduates say they would join the program if given the chance to "do it all over again."

Visit the QUEST website for more information on the program.

Christina Germano, intern, Office of Marketing Communications

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty master's, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.