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:
- 37% The Robert H. Smith School of Business
- 37% The A. James Clark School of Engineering
- 37% The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
*Percentages total over 100% because some students are pursuing majors in multiple colleges.
Through QUEST, students learn how to:
- Work in multidisciplinary teams to evaluate, analyze and recommend solutions to real-world problems provided by corporate sponsors
- Use business etiquette skills to network and communicate in diverse professional settings and behave in a professional and ethical manner
- Communicate ideas effectively through oral presentations and writing
- Apply quality management tools, improve processes, and design systems
- Use quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques
- Manage projects and people using effective project management tools
- Work in multidisciplinary teams with an understanding of different roles and how to negotiate conflict in these situations
- Manage the new product development process for a new product or service that addresses an opportunity or problem
What are QUEST graduates saying?
"QUEST gave me the space to develop personal skills like public speaking and networking within a quasi-professional environment. The ongoing focus on empathy, finding comfort in ambiguity, design and quality tools, and user-centered design is unique to the QUEST program. QUEST students leave with a well-rounded tool box that allows them to succeed in any path they choose. QUEST at its heart is a big family and provides a very warm and welcoming environment for students. It has been my favorite part of my college experience."
— Hadas Elazar-Mittelman, Materials Science & Engineering '20, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
"QUEST really jump-started the professional mindset I now have and allowed me to think and carry myself in ways I didn't before. I loved the creativity of it and how it intersected with many of my other classes in the application of what I learned. It was hard for me not to talk about QUEST, whether to recruiters, incoming freshmen, or friends. Without QUEST, I don't think I would have the tools to properly apply my computer science major in the real world."
— Fadil Ibrahim, Computer Science '20, Capital One
"All of the experiences I have had in QUEST have taught me so much more about the real world, teamwork, and client communication than I could have learned elsewhere, and I really loved the people that I got to work with. Everyone is so bright and resourceful, and I feel like that was such an inspiring thing about all of the people and teams I was with."
— Kellen Liu, Information Systems and Operations Management & Business Analytics '20, Deloitte
Which companies are hiring QUEST graduates?*
- Bain and Company
- Capital One
- Lockheed Martin
*Top companies based on 2020 graduation survey data.