Summer Camp

WIU's Summer Science Experience (Grade 9 - 11)

Science Discovery 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 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. 

Program Content
Location(s)  The program takes place on the WIU-Macomb campus with a commuter or residential option. Classes are held both on and off campus and meet Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday, July 7 from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday, July 8 beginning at 7:45 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 4:30 p.m.
Dates: July 7-12, 2019
Included in the program
  • 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.
  • Anthropolgy:
  • Biology: Spend a night at the Kibbe Field Research Station after having studied fish in the Mississippi River using electroshocking techniques.
Participation Criteria 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 Global Education and Outreach
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Geographic Information Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Psychology



Enrollment is limited to 18 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $365 commuter and $460 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.


Estimated Cost* Commuter Cost: $365
Residential Cost: $460
Register before March 15, 2019 & 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 & Scholarship Information

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.

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.

College of Arts and Science Sponsorships
Available for campers wanting to attend “WIU's Summer Science Experience” and “Girls Plus Math”. Registrants are expected cover at least $100 of the full registration fee. To apply, please complete a SAO Application and submit via email to Sally Adams at sa-adams2@wiu.edu or mail to Office of Study Abroad and Outreach, 1 University Circle, Horrabin Hall 8, Macomb, IL 61455.

NSF Astrophysics Research Grant Scholarships
The WIU Astrophysics Research Laboratory and the Physics Department, with generous support from the National Science Foundation, is pleased to offer two scholarships for students to attend the WIU Summer Science Experience Camp. Preference will be given to:
- Students who want to become scientists, engineers, or want to work in a medical field.
- Students who need economic support to participate.
- Women, underrepresented minorities, or students who will be first in their families to attend college.
Application requires consent of parent/guardian, and endorsement from a teacher. Scholarship applications will receive full consideration if submitted by May 10th. Scholarship applications will be accepted until June 23rd.

Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/elTjogHR5jBZhen52

Deadline* June 28, 2019

Instructor Bios

Brian Bellot
Brian recieved his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches courses at WIU such as General Chemistry, Current Inorganic Chemistry Topics, and Scanning Electron Microscopy.

Liguo Song
Dr. Liguo Song earned his B.S. and M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Shandong University in the People’s Republic of China. He received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with an emphasis in Chromatography from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Afterwards, he did his postdoctoral study in genomics at the Stony Brook University and in proteomics at the National Research Council of Canada. In 2003, he joined the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and was appointed as Assistant Director of Proteomics Resources. From 2006 to 2015, he was the director of the Mass Spectrometry Center in the Department of Chemistry, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He joined Western Illinois University in fall, 2015.

Andrea Alveshear
Dr. Alveshere earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington with an emphasis in Archaeology and an undergraduate research focus on the analysis of skeletal remains and geoarcheological deposits. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a minor in Human Genetics, from the University of Minnesota, investigating factors that influence the preservation and detection of DNA in ancient and forensic specimens. In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Alveshere worked for several years as a forensic scientist in the DNA/Biology section of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory. She leads the WIU Archaeological Field School, which is offered every other summer, and has also conducted archaeological excavations in Israel, South Africa, and throughout the Midwestern United States.

Pat Anderson
Patricia Anderson's research interests include Anthrozoology (study of human-nonhuman animal interactions), pet keeping, fictive kinship (animals as kin), the human-avian bond, ancient Maya civilization, and the prehistory of the Midwest and southeastern United States. Her recent work appears in Anthrozoös, Society and Animals, and the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants Journal.

P.K. Babu
P.K. is an Associate Professor in WIU's Department of Physics. He recieved his Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India in 1995. His research intrests include the study of the optical properties of nanoparticles confined in dielectric media and investigating quantum size effects on surface plasmon resonance using optical absorption. His work has been featured in many publications.

Saisudha Mallur
Saisudha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at WIU. She recieved her Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Schience in Bangalore, India, in 1996. She teaches courses such as Nuclear and Particle Physics and Thermodynamics. Her work has been featured in many publications.

Kishor Kapale
Kishor Kapale is a Professor in the Department of Physics and the Graduate Coordinator. He recieved his Ph.D. from Texas A and M University. He teaches courses such as Classical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Introduction to Astronomy. His work has been featured in a number of publications.

Esteban Araya
Esteban is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. He recieved his Ph.D. from New Mexico Tech. He teaches an Introductory level Astronomy course here at WIU. His work has been featured in numerous publications.

Aparna Kapale
Aparna is an Instructor in Physics and is the Laboratory Coordinator here at WIU.

Fedor Andreev
Fedor is a Math Professor here at WIU. He recieved his Ph.D. from St. Petersburg Steklov Mathematical Institute. He teaches courses such as Applied Calculus, Geometry, and Scientific Computing. During his career, he's had Apps and works published.

Sean Jenkins
Sean is a Professor here at WIU. He recieved his Ph.D. from Missouri in 1997. He teaches Plant Systematics and Ecology. His work has been published many times.

Jim Lamer
Jim is a Biology Professor at WIU. He recieved his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2015. He teaches Mississippi River Ecology, Freshwater Biology, and Fisheries Management. His work has been published numberous times.

Matt Blankenship
Matt is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department here at WIU. He recieved his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Matt teaches all levels of Psychology and Neural Science. His work has been featured in many publications.

Tom Hegna
Tom is an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department. He recieved his Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale. His research focuses on the evolutionary radiation and functional morphology of crustaceans, arthropod taphonomy and preservation, and relevance of fossil organisms for understanding modern diversity.

Marcus Büker
Marcus is an Associate Professor of Meteorology. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He teaches classes such as Synoptic Meteorology and Meteorological Data Analysis.

Keisuke Nozaki
Keisuke Nozaki has been a GIS Specialist at Western Illinois University GIS Center after he earned his Master’s degree in Geography from Western Illinois University (2007) and Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Sciences from University of South Dakota (2001). His previous careers include a Marketing Specialist at Esri Japan Cooperation and a GIS/GPS Specialist at Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Redina Finch
Redina is a Professor of Meteorology at WIU. She graduated from the University of Illinois. Her research interests include science education using technology and atmospheric dynamics. She teaches Severe and Hazardous Weather, Research Methods and Physical Meteorology courses.

Chad Sperry
Chad recieved his M.S. at Purdue University. He currently is the Director of WIU's Geographic Information Science Center.

Renee Büker
Renee recieved her M.A. right here at WIU! She is the current Geographic Information Science Specialist.

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