The Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program is a challenging, hands-on program for University of Maryland undergraduates from three participating schools. Students complete five courses over three years and work on team-based, experiential learning projects in each course. Students who complete the program gain skills in process improvement, systems thinking, product design and development, data analysis, oral and written communication, and teamwork in addition to a network of passionate and motivated peers, alumni, faculty, and administrators.
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QUEST students represent majors within three colleges of the University, including:
- The Robert H. Smith School of Business
- The A. James Clark School of Engineering
- The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Unique from most undergraduate programs, QUEST students share and develop both their business and technology acumen while increasing their understanding of how the two industries are interdependent in the professional field.
Collaboration & Teamwork
In each QUEST course, students work in multidisciplinary teams on experiential learning projects.
The team-based and multidisciplinary format of the curriculum provides students with experience in navigating team dynamics, working with individuals of diverse skill sets and talents, and collaborating on ideas and tactical strategies.
Community of Learning
QUEST is a community of learning – all members contribute to and benefit from the interactions and lessons learned. The community includes students, faculty and staff, alumni, corporate partners and University colleagues. This dynamic combination provides a broad field of shared learning experiences, networks, sponsorship and project opportunities, and a unique program structure.
Both inside and outside of the classroom, QUEST projects and co-curricular programs are focused on real-time innovations, organizational challenges and/or issues facing undergraduates, organizations and society today. Students learn and apply total quality tools and Systems Thinking principles, engage in customer-driven initiatives, and develop innovations throughout the program. In the capstone course, student teams provide recommendations to enhance efficiency and/or increase revenue for a real-world client.