SCORE, the Student Community for Outreach, Retention, and Excellence, is a student organization founded in 2000 by a group of eight minority students from the fields of mathematics and computer science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Originally apart of the Black Engineers Society (BES), these students collectively felt that there needed to be some way to connect to other minorities who major in Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences as well as support many of the outreach and retention initiatives of the Science and Technology: Addressing the Need for Diversity (STAND) program.
S.C.O.R.E. (Student Community for Outreach, Retention & Excellence) was established for the expressed purpose of recruiting, retaining, and supporting underrepresented minority students (African American, Latino/a, and Native American) who major in Computer, Math, Physical, and Life Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park.
SCORE is currently comprised of approximately twenty or thirty (20-30) members and we hope to significantly increase our membership with our new initiatives for the 2009-2010 academic year. Our organization strives to inform the student community of activities and events that encourage involvement from all students and to increase student awareness of the various opportunities available that can enhance their education here at the University of Maryland. Every year SCORE continues to organize established programs and works hard to implement new ones. The organization's programs include the annual Winter Leadership Retreat, Technical Bowl, and African Americans in Science and Technology panel, just to name a few. SCORE maintains its presence within the campus community and abroad through support from our alumni and student body.
SCORE is currently being advised by the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering (CMSE). We look to work closely with our advisors in the CMSE as we grow closer to our fellow organizations, BES and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), to create an effective minority culture on campus!