Fostering excellence and diversity in STEM.

The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering program at The Grainger College of Engineering introduces talented and diverse pre-college students to active college students, and together they explore engineering and the sciences through hands-on, minds-on activities. WYSE strives to overcome opportunity gaps by providing students from underrepresented populations with opportunities to experience success and to be able to see themselves as future engineers, programmers, mathematicians, and scientists. Through collaborations with departments across campus, with corporations and foundations, and with in- and out-of-school learning partners across the state, the WYSE program offers multiple out-of-school learning opportunities for K-12 students in Illinois, the nation, and the world. 

COVID-19 Update: We abide by the social distancing practices and safety measures implemented by the University of Illinois system for our activities in the 2021-22 academic year. We closely monitor the situation and for more information, please visit the University’s centralized website for COVID-19 updates.

Summer Programs

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering offers a variety of summer enrichment programs for youth from near and far. Get a taste of college life while exploring various engineering fields and researching side-by-side with Illinois faculty and students.  Learn more…

Chicago Precollege Science and Engineering teacher in action

STEM Mentorship

The WYSE program partners with schools and out-of-school learning organizations to offer STEM enrichment activities, on-campus and out in the community. Learn more…

DREAAM House tutoring session


Growing and nurturing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics begins with role models providing guidance and challenge along the way. Dedicated University of Illinois students share their time and talents to develop engineers, scientists, and mathematicians of the future. Learn more…

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