The QUEST Honors Program

Program Information

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. QUEST's five-course curriculum focuses on experiential learning through multidisciplinary, team-based, and hands-on projects. 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.

2019 Annual Report

Who are QUEST students?*

QUEST students represent majors within three colleges of the University. There are currently approximately 250 QUEST students on campus, representing:

*Percentages total over 100% because some students are pursuing majors in multiple colleges.

What do students gain as a direct result of QUEST?

  • 99% can communicate ideas more effectively in presentations
  • 92% say they have a better story to tell recruiters
  • 87% can communicate and network more effectively in diverse professional settings
  • 87% are more confident in their ability to get a job
  • 87% report an improved experience at UMD
  • 82% feel more prepared to solve complex problems

What are QUEST graduates saying?

“I would not be the person or professional I am today without QUEST. The networking, presentation, critical thinking, and teamwork skills I developed from QUEST are invaluable, and I don't know of any other programs on campus that give you all those skills in one. Because of QUEST, I feel more than prepared to enter the workforce and make a positive impact in my company.”

— Elizabeth Gillum ′19, Supply Chain Management and Marketing, PepsiCo

Liz Gillum
Didac Hormiga

“The professors changed the way I view problems inside and out of the classroom, and their teachings ultimately helped me land my job. QUEST provided me the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with people from many differing backgrounds and skillsets, which helped me become a better team member. Without a doubt, many of the things I've learned and people I've met through QUEST will continue to be very important to me in my future.”

— Didac Hormiga ′19, Marketing, Microsoft

“Being in QUEST was an invaluable experience. I had the opportunity to work with students from different academic backgrounds who I wouldn’t have met in my major courses. I also really enjoyed working with outside clients. I thought it was a great taste of the professional workforce.”

— Christina Sowah ′19, Computer Science, Capital One

Christina Sowah

Which companies are hiring QUEST graduates?*

  • Amazon
  • Bain and Company
  • Capital One
  • Deloitte
  • Leidos
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • PepsiCo
  • Protiviti
  • PwC
  • Robinhood
  • Stanley Black and Decker

*Based on 2019 graduation survey data.