WISE is a paid* research learning opportunity for Baltimore City public high school students who are mentored by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers. The primary objective of WISE is to increase the diversity of students who are pursuing science and engineering in college by developing their knowledge of a specific STEM field, strengthening their analytical skills, and fostering connections with STEM professionals.
WISE is offered after school in the fall and spring or daily over four consecutive weeks in the summer.
Each student will explore a subject in laboratory, computer, or field settings which could include Materials Science, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer, and Biomedical Engineering**. At the close of each program, WISE students present their research and experiences to fellow WISE students, their research labs, their families, and Hopkins community members.
*For U.S. citizens or those with work authorization status.
**A list of our Whiting School Engineering departments can be found here.
*All students will be expected to follow JHU COVID-19 guidelines.
Students, parents, and teachers may contact us with questions at [email protected].
Students that meet the above requirements are eligible to apply regardless of gender identity
Faculty, researchers, and graduate students interested in mentoring for a semester should contact [email protected] with the subject line: “Interest in WISE Mentoring.”
Faculty interested in writing WISE into their NSF grant application’s broader impacts statement and budget should contact Alisha Sparks at [email protected].
“[WISE] taught me that I can actually understand higher level science.” WISE Fall 2019 student, Baltimore City College
“I liked making liposomes. It was fun. I felt like a real scientist.” WISE Summer 2019 student, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
“[My mentor and I] developed a great relationship, and she guided [me] through all my challenges over the weeks.” Fall 2018 student, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
“My mentor was patient and answered all of my questions. I wish I could have spent more time in the lab. I learned that I really like doing research – I didn’t expect that. And I found out that I’m a quick learner.” WISE Fall 2013 student, Western High School