Summer Camp

WIU's Summer Science Experience (Grade 9 - 12) VIRTUAL - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

WIU's Summer Science Experience 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 five day long program will provide instruction and scientific activities from a variety of disciplines. There will be no cost for this program as it is being offered as a learning experience for those interested, with the goal of keeping our students academically engaged this upcoming summer. 

Location  The program takes place VIRTUALLY. Classes will be held on zoom with up to 2 different sessions per day.
Dates July 6-10, 2020
Included in the program (Updated 6/4)
  • Forensic Anthropology: DNA extraction from a vegetable
  • Fungal Ecology: "The Amazing World of Fantastic Fungi": fungi presentation, mushroom growing and culturing techniques
  • Biology Remote learning about WIU's Electron Microscopes and Design Experiments (Garden Plot)
  • GIS: Cloud-based Inquires
  • Astronomy: The Night Sky, Formation and Death of Stars, Supermassive Black Holes (activities developed as part of an NSF grant, https://sites.google.com/a/wiu.edu/journey/ )
  • Meteorology
Participation Criteria

Registrants are to be grades 9 -12.  Enrollment is limited to 10 students.



Enrollment is limited to 10 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.


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.



  • Richard Musser
  • Professor, Plant-herbivore interactions, molecular ecology
  • Western Illinois University


  • Andrea Alveshere
  • Assistant Professor,Anthropology
  • Western Illinois University


  • Redina Finch
  • Professor of Meteorology
  • Western Illinois University


  • Esteban D.Araya 
  • Associate Professor, Physics
  • Western Illinois University

Marcus Büker

  • Marcus Büker
  • Associate Professor, Meteorology
  • Western Illinois University

Chad Sperry

  • Chad Sperry
  • GIS Specialist
  • Western Illinois University


  • Renee Büker
  • GIS Specialist
  • Western Illinois University


Chad Sperry

  • Terri Tobias
  • Research Assistant,Environmental Science
  • Western Illinois University

Marcus Büker

  • Lindsay White
  • Registered Nurse
  • Western Illinois University

Chad Sperry

  • Maria Jose Romero
  • Research Assistant, Biological Sciences
  • Western Illinois University



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