Young Women's Summer Institute

About Young Women's Student Institute

Past YWSI class standing at the entrance of OSC.
Past YWSI class in front of the Ohio Supercomputer Center building

YWSI is designed to encourage girls’ interest in math, science and engineering and improve their participation in  science, engineering and technology fields, and in particular, information technology. YWSI introduces girls to exciting careers and job opportunities.

Young Women’s Summer Institute (YWSI) is a week-long program sponsored by Ohio Supercomputer Center for middle-school girls in Ohio. It is designed to promote computer, math, science and engineering skills as well as provide hands-on experiences. YWSI helps girls develop an interest in these subjects by allowing them to work on a practical, interesting scientific problem using the latest computer technology.

Location & Dates:

Ohio Supercomputer Center - Columbus, Ohio
July 10 - July 16, 2016

**PLEASE NOTE: Please disregard any communication received that said the dates were June 10-16. The dates are July 10-16. Thank you.**

Who can apply?

YWSI attendees and Metro Parks staff wading in the Big Darby Creek.
YWSI attendees investigating biodiversity in the Big Darby Creek.

Current Ohio 6th and 7th graders (you must be a 6th or 7th grader in the 2015-2016 school year) and K-12 science and math teachers.


The deadline for YWSI 2016 applications is April 18, 2016. We will begin notifying accepted students early May 2016.


There are no tuition fees or charges for materials. Students will be responsible for housing / meal costs which are approximately $250.00 for the week. Limited scholarships may be available.


Students will stay in residence halls on The Ohio State University campus.

Information for this year's participants

What to bring Tentative schedule of events | Projects

For more information

Young woman presenting from white board
YWSI attendee explaining to peers her scientific findings.

Please contact, Liz Stong at (614) 292-9248 or

To learn about other opportunities available for students and teachers, please visit

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YWSI Testimonials, Videos and Audio

YWSI Alumni Testimonial: Jean Wheasler discusses YWSI's and the OSC Summer Institute's impact on her interest in science and technology.

YWSI Featured in National Science Foundation Radio Series!
In March of 2008, YWSI was featured in WAMC National Production's The Best of Our Knowledge. The nationally syndicated weekly public radio show from Northeast Public Radio highlighted the effectiveness of the YWSI program by interviewing the students and teachers and by observing the girls as they worked to complete their projects. The reporter commented that “programs like the Young Women’s Summer Institute reinforce research findings about how active learning experiences for this age group can make a difference.”

YWSI 2014 Overview Music Video

Our sponsors:


Ohio State


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Interested in Sponsoring YWSI?

As a non-profit organization, OSC hosts Young Women's Summer Institute and Summer Institute with no tuition or material costs to the students. Students are responsible for housing and some meals in The Ohio State University dormitories, but OSC will assist with these costs when needed. Your much-needed sponsorship will support the pipeline for exceptional young talent whom will be hitting the job market in a few years.  If you, or your company is interested in sponsoring Young Women's Summer Institute, please click here.

Please take a few minutes to watch our sponsorship video to see why your support matters to supporting these next generation technology leaders.