JULY 8 - 13, 2018 ~ Grades 9-12 


2018 Registration

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Discovering the World through Science” is a unique summer camp opportunity for 9th -12th graders with an interest in science who want to explore careers in various scientific fields.  This week-long program provides hands-on scientific activities in a variety of disciplines. Including biology, chemistry, geology/paleontology, mathematics, neuroscience, geography/meteorology, nursing, and physics/astronomy.  The camp, emphasizes the collaborative nature of the sciences in today’s technology-oriented world. Instructors are highly-experienced scientists, mathematicians, and nurses. This program truly brings science to life through the hands of participants.


PHYSICS:  Learn to measure gravitational waves, acceleration due to gravity, electrical characteristics of metals.  Includes discussions about astronomy and an astronomy viewing session.

CHEMISTRY:  Conduct forensic chemistry experiments and study the properties of matter.

NEUROSCIENCE:  Study neuroanatomy and how brain activity relates to behavior.  Learn how to train a rat and view brain tissue under a microscope.

MATHEMATICS:  Learn the mathematical foundations of computers and probability.

METEOROLOGY:  Study how pressure affects weather and learn computer modeling to visualize storm system data in 3-dimensions.

GEOLOGY:  Learn about rocks, minerals, fossils and the geology of Illinois.  Includes a field trip to the Mississippi River valley and an overnight stay at WIU’s Kibbe Field Station.

NURSING:  Learn how nurses use biological methods to help patients recover from accidents, surgery and illness.

BIOLOGY:  Spend a night at the Kibbe Field Research Station after having studied fish in the Mississippi River using electroshocking techniques.


Completion of at least one year of high school is required of all participants. Participants should have sufficient curiosity, motivation, achievement level, and maturity to benefit from the program.  Enrollment is limited to 18 students, so please register early.


Western Illinois University

School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Department of Geography

Department of Geology

Department of Mathematics

School of Nursing

Department of Physics

Department of Psychology


Top faculty from WIU’s Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography (Meteorology), Geology, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology (Neuroscience) coordinate the instructional portion of the program and are available throughout the week for group and individual discussions.  Participants experience interactive exposure to WIU’s excellent laboratories and field stations, which provide exciting hands-on experiences and positive exposure to the University environment. A limited number of partial sponsorships may be available. Please contact our office at (309) 298-1911 to receive a sponsorship application



Registration: Enrollment is limited to 18 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. This year both residential and commuter students will be accepted. The $500 residential registration fee includes tuition, supplies, all scheduled extracurricular activities, overnight lodging and meals. Those who register before March 15, 2018, will receive a 10% Early Bird Discount. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at wiu.edu/sao/outreach/youth_enrichment/youthmain.php, mailed to Study Abroad & Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks should be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Payment: The full residential registration fee is $500. Those who register before March 15, 2018, will receive a 10% Early Bird Discount. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan may send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due 30 days before the start of the program. A limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded.

 Refund Policy:  Western Illinois University reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment.  If a program is withdrawn, participants are notified and fees are refunded.  A $50 fee is charged to participants who cancel after Monday, June 25, 2018.  No refunds will be made on or after Monday, July 2, 2018.

Accommodations: Participants will be lodged at Horn Field Campus on the WIU Macomb campus and in the dormitory at Kibbe Field Station. All activities are supervised by faculty and resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the University campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance: Students do not qualify for university health care, so parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage.  Western is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Please let Study Abroad & Outreach know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to program start date. 

Further Information: For further information, call the Study Abroad & Outreach Office at (309)298-1911 or toll free at (866) 933-8964.

Western Illinois University complies with all federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and affirms its commitment in all programs and activities to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, national origin, and status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam Era veteran.