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.
Who are QUEST students?*
QUEST students represent majors within three colleges of the University. In each course, students work in multidisciplinary teams to complete experiential learning projects. 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
*Based on 2019 graduation survey data.