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Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) Camp

Application Link: Released on March 1, 2020

The UM WISE Girls in Science and Engineering (WISE GISE) Camp is a summer day camp for students finishing grades 7 and 8 in June of 2020.

Monday - Friday, June 15-19, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

WISE GISE brings together peers who share their abundant curiosity and passion for problem solving for a week of hands-on exploration that is both fun and challenging. 

Campers choose a subject area to focus on in the mornings (chemistry, engineering survey, biomedical engineering, human genetics, or physics). Afternoons are spent in a variety of stimulating activities, including group collaborative competitions, experiments from other disciplines, tours of dynamic UM labs, and talks about science and engineering degrees and careers. Campers will have lots of fun exploring the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor!

Campers will learn from world-renowned women scientists and engineers and role model students who share their interest in science, math and engineering. Focus projects are planned and taught by University of Michigan faculty, staff and students. Our camp counselors are undergraduate student leaders in science and engineering robustly trained in safety and facilitation. 

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.


Focus Projects 


Calling all mad scientists!  In this focus project you will wear lab coats, gloves, 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. Experience some heart-stopping demonstrations. And do it all with the power of chemistry.

Engineering Survey

Learn to design everything from a circuit to a spaceship! Engineers design and build everything around us. Channel your inventive spirit as we pack in experiences from the 17 different types of engineering we research at UM. 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. 

Biomedical Engineering

Be a part of the technological future of medicine! For this focus project, you will take a closer look at Biomedical Engineering to 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 solder electronic kits, build circuits, and program with Arduino microprocessors. You'll even make your own prosthetic hand. 

Human Genetics

Decode your 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.


Why choose one thing when you can do the science of everything? In the Physics focus project, you will explore the building blocks of our universe and learn how physics is used in electronics, lasers, and rockets. Make art with light, taste ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, watch a superconductor float in the air. There will be loads of fun projects to work on, electronic circuits to build, and competitons to win.



How Much Does it Cost?
GISE costs $475 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.

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 17 –  June 21, 2019, 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.

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

Who is Eligible to Apply?
You are eligible to apply for GISE if:

  • You will complete the 7th or 8th grade in June 2020
  • You have an interest in science, mathematics, or engineering
  • You submit a complete application no later than April 1, 2020

No previous experience in computers, physics, engineering, chemistry or human genetics is necessary. We will learn the skills together, so just come curious and ready for fun. 

While WISE GISE is open to eligible students of any gender identity, it is designed to encourage and support girls.

Can My Older/Younger Child Apply?

No. We're sorry! We keep the age range tight to make sure campers are social peers. Check out CEDO and YouthHub for UM summer experiences for other age groups.

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 their age instead of grade. For example, if you 9 year old is working at a grade equivalency of 7th grade, they are not eligible for our program due to their age. If you are uncertain if your child is eligible, please email

How Can we Ensure we Get a Spot?

Apply early. We review applications as they come in. We do have a waitlist and will let you know if you make it. Unfortunately, the camp fills up fast, and it is too difficult to get rooms, labs, graduate students, and faculty instructors for an additional week in the busy summer season on campus.

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 project 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 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. Accepted students will be contacted about their financial aid as soon as they are admitted to the camp, likely mid-April. You may withdraw your application at any time.


For More Information or Questions, Please Contact:

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program
University of Michigan

Phone: (734) 615-4455