Summer Programs

Please note, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is monitoring developments involving the COVID-19/novel Corona-virus very closely. Visit for up-to-date campus information and resources. The May 1st update from the Chancellor details the most recent announcement regarding in-person summer events. Some summer programming will be modified.

High School Summer Research

SpHERES student presents research poster

Rising high school juniors and seniors (current 10th-11th grade) from the Champaign-Urbana area are invited to participate in an authentic STEM research experience at a world-class research university for 6 weeks during the summer. Participants will work full-time in the laboratories of established researchers, gaining hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of various STEM fields; cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, physics, biophysics, bioengineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, experimental cancer therapeutics, cancer disparities, and more! Learn more by visiting our High School STEM Research program page.

Registration for the 2020 program is pending.

High School Summer Camps

Every summer during the months of June and July, WYSE offers around a dozen or more different Engineering Summer Over-Night Camps hosted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Camps are available for rising freshman through seniors (9th – 12th Grade) and are available for all genders. WYSE Summer Camps at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering are designed to provide STEM-interested students the opportunity to experience advanced curricula, world-class facilities, and an “away from home,” collegiate experience at one of the best engineering schools in the nation and the world. The camps provide exposure to different areas of engineering through demonstrations, lab tours, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and interactions with various students, staff, and professors in those fields.

May 2020 Update: Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the University has cancelled all University in-person summer camps for summer 2020. Visit our High School Summer Camps page to learn more about our virtual camp offering for this summer.

The 2020 Camp Application is Currently Closed. Please contact us with any questions.

Middle School Summer Camps

During the summer months, there are day-camps offered for rising 6th through 9th grade students. Campers will have the opportunity to think like a “materials scientist” by studying “stuff”. From the clothes we wear to the batteries that power our phones, all of that “stuff” is made of materials like plastic or metals. A material’s scientist investigates how materials are put together, how they can be used, and how they can be changed or improved. Or learn about Cyber Security with basic strategies to secure computers and networks against malicious attacks and unwanted hackers and to learn more about future career possibilities in cybersecurity and safety. Read more at our Middle School Camps page.

Due to COVID-19, Mid-GLAM camp for 2020 has been cancelled. Registration for the CyberPatriot camp is pending.