Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE)

Dates and the application for the 2015 GISE Camp will be announced on 1/31/2015

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What is it?
WISE GISE brings 7th and 8th grade students to campus for one week during the summer where they participate in hands-on science and engineering activities. Campers elect a Focus Project in a particular subject area to attend each morning (e.g. chemistry, computer science, engineering, human genetics, physics, and robotics). We allow 15-17 girls in each Focus Project. Focus projects are planned and taught by University of Michigan faculty, staff and students. Afternoons are spent in a variety of hands-on science and engineering activities, including group collaborative competitions, touring dynamic UM labs and learning about science and engineering careers.

Our campers are chaperoned in groups of 15-17 with two University of Michigan student chaperones per group. Sections are taught by UM faculty, research scientists and graduate students. Girls will meet women scientists and engineers and other girls, like themselves, with interests in science, math and engineering. Campers will have lots of fun exploring the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.

Girls in Science and Engineering is sponsored by the University of Michigan, Women in Science and Engineering Program in cooperation with the UM Medical School, College of Engineering, and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

When and where is it?
Girls in Science and Engineering will be held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. One session will be offered.

Monday-Friday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Extended on Wednesday until 7:30 PM

Students attending the program will meet each morning on the UM central campus.   Throughout the day, campers move with their UM student leaders to different instructional settings around central, north and the medical school campus.

Who is eligible to apply?
You are eligible to apply for Girls in Science and Engineering if: 

  • You will complete the 7th OR 8th grade in June, 2014 (We will consider applications from students who have completed grade 6 only after considering applications from the 7th and 8th grade students who have applied by the deadline)
  • You have an interest in science, mathematics, or engineering
  • You send us a *complete* application, including a letter of recommendation, postmarked no later the deadline April 11, 2015 (late applications will be considered if there is room in the camp after the deadline).
  • No previous experience in computers, physics, engineering, chemistry, robotics or human genetics is necessary.

What is the cost?
Girls in Science and Engineering costs $300 for a five-day session. This tuition includes five full days of program activities from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Please note that the program is extended on Wednesday until 7:30 PM (dinner and an evening program provided). Lunch is not provided. Students should bring a bag lunch every day. All instructional costs, supplies, and equipment are included.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to students who are eligible for the program and who can document need. To apply for scholarship support, please complete the attached scholarship request form and return it with your application.

How do I apply?
Complete the entire student application form. Give the recommendation form to the person you have chosen to recommend you. Remember that your recommendation must be from a math or science teacher. (Don’t forget to give the teacher a stamped envelope addressed to the Women in Science and Engineering Program, and remind the person of the postmark deadline). Return your completed application by April 11, 2014.

All applicants will receive a letter in early May to let them know if they have been accepted. DO NOT send money with your application. Accepted students will be asked to send a non-refundable, space-reserving depositing of $150.00 with a balance of $150 due.

Please Note: Partial scholarships are limited and may not be available to all students who request them. Many community organizations are willing to help fund the costs of student participation in summer learning programs. If you need assistance with the cost of the program, please check with groups in your area. Examples include: Zonta, Rotary Clubs, Church/religious groups, Girl Scouts, and schools. Teachers may have additional suggestions.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Women in Science and Engineering Program
University of Michigan
3236 Undergraduate Science Building (USB)
204 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2215
Phone: (734) 615-4455 
Fax: (734) 615-4450 


The dates and application for the 2015 WISE GISE Camp will be released on 1/31/2015.