Young Women's Summer Institute

About Young Women's Summer Institute

YWSI is a response to girls’ lack of interest in math, science and engineering and women’s low participation in the 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.

Student Applications are now available online.
Teacher Applications are now available online.

Dates for YWSI2015:
Ohio Supercomputer Center - Columbus, Ohio
July 19 - July 25, 2015

Who can apply: Current Ohio 6th and 7th graders (you must be a 6th or 7th grader in the 2014-2015 school year) and K-12 science and math teachers.

Application: The deadline for YWSI 2015 applications is April 21, 2015. We will begin notifying accepted students early May 2015.

Cost: 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.

Housing: 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, contact:
(614) 292-9248 or

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Young Women Summer Institute Student Testimonial
OSC YWSI: Empowering Young Women For Careers In Science (.mov 11.1MB) | YouTube Link





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.”
Click here to listen to the audio clip.


2014 OSC YWSI Sponsors

Procter & Gamble


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