The Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program held the S-STEM retreat on August 28th, 2015 to welcome the new scholars to the program. This event was supported by the ME S-STEM program and the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMBC. The Program Directors, Dr. Liang Zhu, gave an overview of the programs including special features of the program, activities, tutoring service, research experience, as well expectations. The scholars had an opportunity to meet their mentors, had lunch, and exchanged information for future contact. Currently, the program supports 27 scholars from diverse background, including under-represented minority and community college transfer students.