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 2021


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Girls in Science Summer Camp will be canceled. 

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

Girls are accepted to the camp on a rolling basis starting on March 1, 2020. Expect to be notified of acceptance within a week of completing the interest form


Girls in Science Research Day

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, this event has been postponed to a later date. Please stay tuned for future updates.

Wesleyan University faculty have led Girls in Science Summer Camp for six years. The camp is a full week of nonstop experiments, activities, and crafts. However, the number one question we get at the end of camp is, “Is there more?”
This year, we’re launching Girls in Science Research Day, as a way for girls to continue their learning and exploration of science.

We strongly encourage Girls in Science summer camp alumni to attend, though the day is open to all girls grades 4-6.

Girls in Science Research Day 2020

Who: Girls in Grades 4, 5, and 6 can apply. However, Girls in Science alumni up to 7th grade can participate. 

What: Girls in Science Research Day

Where: Exley Science Center, Wesleyan University Campus 

When: TBD

Why: Learn about nanomaterials with Professor Michelle Personick. Explore phases of matter with Professor Erika Taylor by making bubbles, oobleck, and bouncy balls.

Cost: Free, snacks provided

Girls are accepting to the Research Day on a rolling basis, but space is limited. Expect to be notified of acceptance within a week of completing the interest form


The Girls in Science Program is supported by the Liberty Bank Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.
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