The demand and popularity of the Bits and Bytes program in previous years has inspired the Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) at UMBC to offer high school junior girls several opportunities to learn more about engineering & IT, UMBC and our CWIT Scholars Program.
Please read about these four FREE exciting programs which can offer you a chance to visit UMBC, meet current students and learn more about engineering and IT and our specific programs.
Event #1: Shadow-a-Scholar Day and Women in Technology Event- April 8th
This event is meant to be for high school junior girls who are considering attending UMBC or want a college experience. The emphasis will be showing you a day in the life of a UMBC student as you spend the day with one of our CWIT or Cyber Scholars. This event will allow you the opportunity to gain tips and advice about being a strong applicant to our university and program. You will be shadowing one of our CWIT Scholars for a day, including classes and dinner. After shadowing a CWIT or Cyber Scholar for the day, we invite you to attend an evening event aimed at students interested in pursuing engineering or IT majors.
Our Women in Technology: Spring into Leadership Series is an annual gathering of students, faculty and industry professionals within the engineering and IT fields. During this event, you will hear from women in industry sharing their personal stories and offering advice for you as you pursue your interest in one of these fields. You will also have an opportunity to network with faculty and staff from UMBC.
Event #2: CWIT Bits and Bytes Program- February 16th-17th (President’s Day)
The Bits & Bytes Program is open to all high school junior girls interested in finding out more about the fields of engineering and IT. Each year, about 30 academically talented young women are invited to attend this program supporting CWIT’s mission to encourage and support women to be leaders in Information Technology and Engineering fields. Participation in this event will include interactions with college students and faculty, an engineering or IT related hands-on design competition, and general advice on being a strong STEM college applicant. This event is an overnight experience and students will stay in a residence hall on campus.
The IT design competition uses the Alice 3D authoring environment, which allows students to create, animate, and interact with 3D, computer-generated scenes. Students work in teams to design an animated story with various interactions, scenes, animated characters, and other features. In the engineering design competition, students are required to work in teams to invent something to solve a problem.
For each of the design competitions, the teams’ designs were judged by a group of judges, including a UMBC faculty member, industry professional, and a current CWIT student in the field. Teams were chosen for awards for their design, technical and creative achievement, and cost efficiency.
For the Bits and Bytes Program, we are looking for students with the following characteristics:
- Junior standing in high school
- 3.0 GPA or higher
- Strong in mathematics and science
- Possess a desire to learn and explore engineering and IT fields
- Display leadership qualities
**Note: The Bits and Bytes Program will not include a guided campus tour or attending any UMBC classes. For those opportunities, please select one of the other two events**
Event #3: Personalized Shadow-A-Scholar Day- Date determined by prospective student and Scholar schedule
This event is meant to be for high school junior girls who are considering attending UMBC or want a college experience. We also highly encourage students interested in applying to the CWIT or Cyber Scholars Programs to select this option to learn more about these scholarship opportunities. Here is your chance to choose a time during the Spring 2014 semester and have your campus visit be personalized. You will be able to tour UMBC, attend classes, spend time in the residence halls, and have lunch on campus. You will also have the chance to personally meet with CWIT staff to learn more about our Scholar Programs and gain insider application advice.
Event #4: Shadow-a-Scholar Day and CWIT Showcase- April 25th
This event is meant to be for high school junior girls who are considering attending UMBC or want a college experience and have an interest in research. The emphasis will be showing you a day in the life of a UMBC student as you spend the day with one of our CWIT or Cyber Scholars. This event will allow you the opportunity to gain tips and advice about being a strong applicant to our university and program. You will be shadowing one of our CWIT Scholars for a day, including classes and dinner. After shadowing a CWIT or Cyber Scholar for the day, we invite you to attend an event highlighting some of the research being done on campus.
Our CWIT Showcase is an annual gathering of students to share their research with one another and practice their presentation skills. Students in the College of Engineering and Information Technology will be showcasing their research and offering sessions to help prepare high school students to be good STEM applicants. You will also have an opportunity to network with faculty and staff from UMBC.
Please click the following link to apply for one of these programs!
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 19TH AT 5PM.
**Each year, we receive more applications from qualified students than we can accommodate for the Bits and Bytes program. Acceptance into this program is based on a holistic review. Please consider applying for more than one of these great opportunities to learn more about UMBC and engineering and IT in general. We welcome all students interested in CWIT to reach out with questions and seek all opportunities to learn about our community.
Applicants can expect to receive a decision regarding participation in the program shortly after the deadline. Please contact Crystal Diaz at with any questions or to ask about how you can be a part of this outreach program.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Spring 2014- Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and BAE Systems
Spring 2013- Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and BAE Systems
Spring 2012 – Northrop Grumman
Spring 2011 – Northrop Grumman
Spring 2010 – Mr. Paul Mauritz