WISE is designed to be an experiential learning opportunity for students, regardless of gender identity, who are mentored by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) professors and graduate students. One of the primary objectives of WISE is to encourage high school women to pursue majors in science and engineering in college.
WISE students gain hands-on research experience in various labs throughout the JHU campus community. The program typically spans one semester (1-5 Baltimore City students per semester) but is offered in fall, spring, and summer. The WISE students work on the JHU campus two afternoons each week during the school year or daily over the summer.
Students explore a variety of subjects in laboratory and field settings which could include nanotechnology, cognitive science, materials science and stem cell research. At the close of each semester-long program, WISE students present their research and experiences to the other students and mentors.
*Baltimore City high school students are eligible to apply regardless of gender identity
As you are aware, the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has called upon Johns Hopkins to take a series of unprecedented steps to safeguard our community, including suspending classes through the spring 2020 semester, and all in-person events until further notice.
Given the many uncertainties that we and our partner schools and organizations face right now, our search for additional summer and fall WISE 2020 participants has been suspended.
We appreciate your interest in our program, apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope you will consider applying for a future semester or summer.
Students, parents, and teachers may contact Ruby Holder with questions at STEMOutreach@jhu.edu.
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 STEMOutreach@jhu.edu with the subject line: “Interest in WISE Mentoring.”
Faculty interested in writing WISE into their grant application’s broader impacts statement and budget should contact Alisha Sparks at Alisha.Sparks@jhu.edu.
The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program started as a partnership between the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) and the Garrison Forest School (GFS) an all-girl, day and boarding campus in Owings Mills, MD in 2005. In 2013, CEO expanded WISE to include Western High School, an all-girls public school in Baltimore City. In 2018, the program expanded to include students attending any Baltimore City Public School.
More information on the WISE program at GFS, can be found at https://www.gfs.org/signature-programs/the-wise-program.
“[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