Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Program (WYSE)
Engineers Aiming for Gender Equity and Representations (EAGER) (formerly known as Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science ‘GAMES’) camps were developed by WIE in 1998, and the program has continued to grow and evolve ever since. These camps are a popular option in the overall list of WYSE Summer Camps at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering. These camps provide STEM-interested young women, allies, and those feeling disenfranchised because of their gender-identification with an inclusive community to experience advanced curricula, world-class facilities, and an “away from home,” collegiate experience at one of the best engineering schools in the nation and the world. The camps provide exposure to different areas of engineering through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and interactions with various students, staff, and professors in those fields.
Enrollment in WYSE summer camp programs is limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience for all involved. The camps have a merit-based admissions process, and the application process includes opportunities to request needs-based scholarships. Applications open early in the spring semester with a March deadline.
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High School Summer Research
Also with a mission of increased equity and inclusion in engineering, high school juniors and seniors (current 10th-11th grade) can apply to participate in an authentic STEM research experience at a world-class research university for 6 weeks during the summer. Gain hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of various STEM fields, such as cancer immunology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, physics, quantum mechanics, bioengineering, electrical engineering, and more! High School Researchers will be assigned to a research mentor who will guide them through an authentic research project and research presentation. This program is free and researchers receive a stipend for participation. Enrollment is limited with a merit-based admissions process.
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