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.
Who are QUEST students?*
QUEST students represent majors within three colleges of the University. There are currently approximately 250 QUEST students on campus, representing:
- 39% The Robert H. Smith School of Business
- 33% The A. James Clark School of Engineering
- 33% The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
*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
“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
Which companies are hiring QUEST graduates?*
- Bain and Company
- Capital One
- Northrop Grumman
- Stanley Black and Decker
*Top companies based on 2019 graduation survey data.