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Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) Camp

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The UM WISE Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) Camp is a summer day camp for students finishing grades 7 and 8 in June of 2017.

Sponsored by The University of Michigan's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program.

One Session: Monday - Friday, June 18-22, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Fee: $450 per session

The Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) camp 
is an exciting one-week, day program for students who will complete the 7th or 8th grade in June 2018.

GISE focuses on hands-on activities that are both fun and challenging.  Campers elect a focus project in a particular subject area to attend each morning (e.g. chemistry, engineering survey, biomedical/electrical engineering, human genetics, and physics). 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.  

Students will meet women scientists and engineers and other students, like themselves, with interests in science, math and engineering. Campers will have lots of fun exploring the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.

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



Can My Older/Younger Child Apply?

No. We're sorry! We would love to have them but we are stretched as far as we possibly can stretch. And we are confident we will fill to capacity by our deadline. (Why not offer an additional week? Too difficult to get rooms, labs, graduate student and faculty instructors) 

How Much Does it Cost?
GISE costs $450 for a five-day session.  This tuition includes five full days of program activities from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  Lunch is not provided.  Students should bring a bag lunch every day.  All instructional costs, supplies, and equipment are included.

Need based scholarships are available. Please see information below.

Optional early drop-off and late pick-up is available for an additional fee.

When and Where is It?
GISE will be held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.  One session will be offered.

Monday - Friday, June 18 –  June 22, 2018, 8:30 AM - 4:30 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 GISE if:

  • You will complete the 7th or 8th grade in June 2018
  • You have an interest in science, mathematics, or engineering
  • Your teacher submits a recommendation form no later than April 6, 2018
  • You submit a complete application no later than April 6, 2018

No previous experience in computers, physics, engineering, chemistry or human genetics is necessary.

Can My Child Who is Home Schooled/Following an Alternative Program Apply?
Yes! With regard to recommendation from a science or math teacher, please email so that we can agree on an alternative adult to complete the recommendation. 

If your student is in an ungraded program, or working ahead, we will consider her age instead of grade. For example, if you 9 year old is working at a grade equivalency of 7th grade, she is not eligible for our program due to her age. If you are uncertain if your child is eligible, please email

What morning Focus Groups are offered?

More fun than a chemistry set!  In this focus project you will wear lab coats, glove and goggles to conduct experiments in a UM chemistry lab.  Use acids to compare reactivity of metals. Analyze colored samples using spectrophotometers. Use chemicals to distinguish between acids and bases. Run tests to identify typical household products. Create your own slime. And experience some heart-stopping demonstrations! Come be a chemist for a week!

Engineering Survey

You may know people who are engineers, but do you know what an engineer does? In this focus project you will find out! This engineering focus project will introduce you to several types of engineering, and may include Computer Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Civil Engineering. Many hands-on, fun activities!

Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

In this focus group you will take a closer look at Biomedical and Electrical Engineering and see how scientists and engineers build new tools to improve healthcare and understand the human body. You will construct physical environments for cells using synthetic biomaterials and perform 3D imaging of these engineered tissues. You will also be soldering electronic kits, building circuits and programming with Arduino microprocessors, and using your Arduino to control a prosthetic hand.

Genetics: decoding our DNA

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a molecule that contains the recipe for life. This shared language unites all living things, whether you are a microscopic bacterium, a massive blue whale, a middle-school student, or anything in between. Our DNA holds the secrets to who we are and where we came from. In this focus group, you will meet scientists and learn how they research DNA and genetics in the lab. You will become fluent in advanced laboratory techniques used to unearth the secrets contained in DNA and solve mysteries about living things. You will also learn about how these techniques were developed and are applied in cutting-edge genetics research. Finally, you will learn about the key contributions of women scientists to the field of genetics research past and present.


Have you ever tasted ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, or watched a superconductor float  in the air?  In the Physics focus project you will do these things for yourself and learn how physics is used in electronics, lasers and rockets.  There will be fun projects to work on, electronic circuits to build, an egg-drop competition,  and making art with polarized light.   Come and join us, the ice cream is really cool! 

Can I be in the Same Focus Group as My Friend?
This is a tricky one! We often will get friends who want to be together but indicate different focus group preferences. To make this easier on all of us, we have develped some Friends Rules:
1) both friends must put each other's names on the application in the friend request section. 
2) We will not put more than 2 friends with you
3) you must list the same focus group preferences  IN THE SAME ORDER
4) we **will consider friend placement over your focus group selection**. For example if there is only one space available in your top focus group, and you have requested to be with a friend, we will place you and your friend in a focus group where there is room for both of you, even if it is not one of your top preferences.

How Do I Apply?
• Submit your completed application by April 6, 2018
• Ask a math or science teacher to serve as a positive recommender and provide them with the link to the recoemmendation form, or to this web page and ensure they have submitted the form by April 6, 2018.

How do I Know if My Teacher Submitted A Recommendation and/or if My Application is Complete?
Check your status using the link at the top of this page.

How Will I Be Notified of Acceptance?
Applications will be reviewed by the middle of April.  All applicants will receive a letter by May 4 to let them know if they have been accepted.  

When Do I Pay?
Please do not send money with your application. Accepted students will be asked to send a non-refundable payment by May 18. We now accept credit card payments.

Are Scholarships Available?
Yes! Need Based Scholarships Available.The need based scholarship form is included in the application.If paying for camp is a hardship for your family, please complete the scholarship form.

While the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) programs are open to all students, they are designed to encourage and support women and girls.

For More Information or Questions, Please Contact:

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program
University of Michigan
3236 Undergraduate Science Building (USB)
204 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2215
Phone: (734) 615-4455
Fax: (734) 615-4450