Girls in Science Summer Camp

A Wesleyan University and Middletown Public School Partnership

Girls in Science provides opportunities for girls and young women to explore their interests in science and develop critical skills to be used in their scientific pursuits and beyond. The program features a 1-week summer camp which fosters inquiries in science via experiments, interactive activities, and trips.  Elementary school participants continue their exploration and skill development throughout the academic year via activities such as; Girls in Science Research Day, Kids' Space Night, presentations by Wesleyan faculty and students, community “meet-ups.” and others.  

In addition, Girls in Science engages a cohort of high school students with demonstrated interests in science. High School “program assistants” play a critical role in supporting GIS programming and serve as role models for elementary school participants.  In doing so, high school program assistants develop critical career readiness skills, further develop content knowledge and skills, and benefit from the mentoring of Wesleyan graduate students and faculty. 

Girls in Science employs an intergenerational mentoring model.  The program’s staff is comprised of women Wesleyan University faculty members from the chemistry, engineering, and biology departments, young women student assistants, and aspiring high school scientists - who all work in collaboration to develop the next generation of innovative leaders in fields of science in a safe and nurturing space.   

Girls in Science Summer Camp 2024

Who: Girls going into Grades 4, 5, and 6 can apply

What: 2024 Girls in Science Summer Camp

Where: Beman Middle School (1 Wilderman's Way, Middletown, CT 06457)

When: August 5-9. From 8:30 am-4:00 pm each day with a Science Showcase on Friday at 4:30 pm 

Why: "At the beginning of camp, I thought science was just for boys. Now I know science is for girls too." 

Cost: $400 for the week. A $50 non-refundable deposit up front to reserve the space is due no later than May 15th. Remaining $350 will be due on June 30th. Full and partial scholarships are available. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day.


Girls are accepted to the camp on a rolling basis starting on March 27, 2024.

If you are interested in working with us this Summer, please submit an application today. The application reviewing process will begin May 9th, 2024.

High School Application:

Read stories and see more photos from Girls in Science Camp 2019 in the Wesleyan news blog, the Hartford Courant, and the Middletown Press.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Briana Bellinger-Dawson at



The Girls in Science Program is supported by the Liberty Bank Foundation, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, and by the Wave Transport in Complex Systems (WTICS) Lab of Wesleyan University headed by Prof. T. Kottos.

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 Wesleyan student explaining scientific concepts to young girls standing in front of microscopes.