Terp Discovery

Expands Minds, Skills, and Horizons.

Terp Discovery: July 15-26, 2019

Application Opens: February 19
Application Closes: June 15
Orientation (Check-In) Day: Monday, July 15
Program Final Day: Friday, July 26

Overview | Program Staff

How Terp Discovery Works

Terp Discovery (July 15 - 26, 2019) welcomes academically talented middle school students (rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders) to an outstanding learning opportunity at the University of Maryland. For two weeks, Terp Discovery Scholars expand their skills and experience an early introduction into campus life. Terp Discovery is a commuter-only program designed for students to challenge themselves, develop social skills, and discover the possibilities at UMD.

Terp Discovery Scholars are exposed to intensive learning through high standards and expectations. In the application process, Discovery Scholars select one non-credit course and are encouraged to make a second choice in the event that the course fills. Courses meet 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Students meet, learn, and study in the same world-class facilities enjoyed by UMD students. For more information, including the 2019 course list, course descriptions, and syllabi, visit Courses. In the classroom, innovative instructors encourage creative problem solving as students attend class and work on projects. Acceptance is competitive and based on academic performance.

Terp Discovery also offers activities that provide a glimpse of UMD’s world-class facilities and rich campus life. In the afternoon, Terp Discovery Scholars participate in campus tours and enjoy social activities from 2:00-4:30 p.m. For an overview, see Sample Activity Calendar.

Program Staff

Matthew Nessan, Associate Director, Programs: Matthew has been working in higher education since 2011. His professional experiences include university teaching, post-secondary accreditation, program development, and program management and administration. He received his BA in English from Texas Christian University and his MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Southern California.

Lenaya Stewart, Manger, Programs: Lenaya is dedicated to supporting academic success. She loves helping students discover the many resources that University of Maryland has to offer. Her professional background includes teaching freshman composition courses at UMD and supporting academic growth in the University’s athletic department. She is no stranger to UMD’s Pre-College Programs and has been a student and teaching assistant with Terp Young Scholars. Lenaya earned her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature at UMD. She is excited for a great summer with Terp Scholars!

Ashley Mena, Pre-College Coordinator: Ashley is pursuing her Master's degree in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in Latino and Caribbean Studies. Her background includes working as a college readiness mentor and summer bridge program administration. She is passionate about helping students grow into better versions of themselves and looks forward to spending the summer with Terp Young Scholars and Terp Discovery!

Fernando Lopez, Program Assistant: Fernando is pursuing his Master’s degree in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his B.S.B.A. in Marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His background includes student advising, residence life community building, and safety coordination. He also participated in the Robert E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program. Fernando is passionate about breaking barriers to student success and helping students identify their own passions. 

Mentors: Selected UMD students serve as mentors, and work under the guidance of the professional staff. Mentors ensure safe and appropriate behavior. Mentors greet students in the morning and accompany students to class. Two mentors remain in the classroom with the course instructor. After class, mentors accompany students to lunch. Mentors escort participants to afternoon activities and provide overall guidance. Finally, mentors hand-off participants to a designated parent/guardian in the afternoon.

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