Terp Discovery

Expands Minds, Skills, and Horizons.

Terp Discovery: July 15-27, 2018

Application Opens: February 20
Application Closes: July 1
Orientation (Check-In) Day: Sunday, July 15
Program Final Day: Friday, July 27

Overview | Program Staff

How Terp Discovery Works

Terp Discovery welcomes academically talented middle school students to an outstanding learning opportunity at the University of Maryland. For two weeks, students expand their skills and experience an early immersion into campus life. Terp Discovery is 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 classroom, innovative instructors encourage creative problem solving as students attend class and work on projects. Open to rising 7 and 8 grade students, acceptance is competitively based on academic performance and recommendation.

Terp Discovery also offers activities that provide a glimpse of UMD’s world-class facilities and rich campus life. During Weekday Afternoon Activities, all students participate in fitness workshops, tours of the Observatory, Campus Farm, The Clarice, and enjoy the Terp Zone and an ice cream social featuring UMD ice cream. During Evening and Weekend Social Activities, residential students experience a weekend day-trip to Washington, DC, pool parties, trivia bowls, a talent show, movie nights, and more. For an overview, see Sample Activity Calendar.

The Terp Discovery application process includes the following:

  1. Select a Course: Discovery Scholars select one course and are encouraged to make a second choice in the event that a course becomes full before the application is processed. Courses meet 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. To learn more, see Courses.
  2. Select Residential or Commuter: Whether living on campus or commuting from home, students discover how great campus life is at UMD!

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, Program Coordinator: 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, Program Assistant: 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! 

Mentors: Selected UMD students serve as mentors, and work under the guidance of the professional staff. Mentors ensure safe and appropriate behavior. For commuter students, mentors greet students in the morning and hand-off students to a designated parent/guardian in the afternoon. For residential students, mentors provide supervision in the residence halls, meals, and all evening and weekend activities. Mentors live in the residence hall alongside program participants, perform nightly curfew checks, and are responsible for responding to any situation which may arise. All students are walked to and from class and daytime activities.

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