Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) Camp

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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.

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, robotics, 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 and the College of Engineering.

Camp Majors


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. 


Work together, create smart machines, and serve society! Robotics is more than machines on wheels. This camp explores the many ways smart machines can improve our lives- prosthetic limbs, AI robot nurses, autonomous cars, smart weather predictions, and more. See demonstrations of the latest in robot technology, pilot your own robots, and experiment with the robot-human interface in this interdiscplinary exploration of the future of tech.

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 15 –  June 19, 2020, 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 a small 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 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?

Maybe. We sometimes accept 6th graders if there is room and they feel comfortable with the other campers being older. Email directly to ask. You can also 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! 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. The camp fills up fast.

Can I be in the Same Major as My Friend?

Probably. Friends who want to be together should indicate it on their application and choose the same major. If you choose different majors, we will prioritize putting you together over getting your first choice of camp.

How Will I Be Notified of Acceptance?

All applicants will receive an email by April 15 to let them know if they have been accepted.  

When Do I Pay?

UPDATE- We have delayed payment until May 15. If you need to wait longer to know your summer plans, email us and we can work with you. We accept check or credit card.

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.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend camp, we will offer a full refund up through June 1. After June 1, we will charge a $100 penalty for giving up your place in the program. If you have special circumstances, please email me.

If WISE is forced to cancel summer programming (due to public health concerns), you will receive a full refund, processed within 2 weeks.

For More Information or Questions, Please Contact:

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

Phone: (734) 615-4455