Summer Camp

Girls Plus Math (Grades 6-8) 

Girls Plus Math provides a stimulating and supportive environment, free of gender-based stereotypes. It helps to promote an interest in math, a willingness to take risks in analysis, and the self-confidence and motivation to persist in problem solving. In addition to the academic and recreational activities, the girls use graphing calculators from Texas Instruments. They also use computer technology to build their own webpages. Various WIU resources provide exciting hands-on experiences and unique exposure to the university environment. In addition, a number of professionals visit the program to describe how they use math in their work and how they became interested in pursuing their particular careers.

Location  The program takes place on the WIU-Macomb campus with a commuter or residential option. Classes are held on campus and meet Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday beginning at 7:45 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 4 p.m.
Dates   July 5-10, 2020
Included in the program
  • Estimation and critical thinking exercises
  • Introduction to linear equations, polynomials, graphing and Pascal's Triangle
  • Exploration of Venn diagrams, quadratic equations, polyhedra and Polynomiography
  • Playing of games which foster critical thinking skills
  • Daily lessons of women who have excelled in math and science
Participation Criteria

23 of 24 spots available

Program is open to students in girls in grades sixth through eighth who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to 24 students, so please register early.


College of Arts and Sciences 



Enrollment is limited to 24 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $350 commuter and $495 residential registration fees includes all program costs. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at www.wiu.edu/summeryouth, mailed to Study Abroad and Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Refund Policy:

WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel two weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be made to participants who cancel one week prior to the start of the program.


Participants are housed at WIU's Corbin Olson Residence Hall. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor extracurricular activities. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully-selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the Western campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


Cost Commuter Cost: $350
Residential Cost: $495
Register before April 3, 2020 and receive a 10% Early Bird Discount off the commuter or residential registration cost. Registration includes all program costs. Payment Plan and Scholarship information is available by contacting our office. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan must pay a $100 deposit at the time of registration in order to hold a program spot. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.
Payment Plan & Scholarships

To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program. To apply for any of the below scholarships, please complete the Scholarship Application (COMING SOON!). 

College of Arts & Sciences Scholarship (For math and science camp participants only.) 

WIRC Scholarships (Income & Residency Requirements) 

Macomb Women's Club

Further Information: To inquire about the partial scholarships, need-based assistance, or payment plan options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-1911.

Deadline Two weeks prior to the start of camp. 


shryockBeth Shryock,  Retired Math Teacher, Macomb School District #185 


Beth Hansen

  • Beth Hansen
  • Associate Professor,Phiosophy
  • Western Illinois University





Contact Us

Sally Adams
For Questions


Horrabin Room 8

(309) 298-1911