Girls in Science

Hands-on science for middle and high school girls

Designed to inspire the next generation of researchers and engineers, Girls in Science connects elementary, middle, and high school girls with female scientists from the Burke Museum and the University of Washington. These programs aim to offer real-world experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to girls who may not otherwise have access to these opportunities. 

Girls in Science Technology participants

High school participants in the Girls in Science Technology program learn coding language during "Hour of Code" in December 2015.
Photo: Burke Museum

A girl preps a leaf in order to take a closer look under a microscope

A girl preps a leaf in order to take a closer look under a microscope.
Photo: Burke Museum

Microscope and painted nails

The program is designed to build confidence in middle school girls at an age when participation in STEM subjects often drops.
Photo: Richard Brown Photography

Girls in Science at coast

The applied science of Girls in Science happens both in the Burke's labs and outside.
Photo: Lora Shinn

Burke scientists teaching Girls in Science participants

Dr. Caroline Strömberg, the Burke’s curator of paleobotany, assists Girls in Science participants.
Photo: Richard Brown Photography

Middle School Program

The Middle School Girls in Science program provides a collaborative and supportive environment for girls in grades 6–8 to explore a variety of STEM fields such as oceanography, neuroscience, paleobotany and spectroscopy. Participants meet one Saturday each month to learn from female scientists at the Burke Museum and the University of Washington. Together, they do activities like examine fossilized plants, learn to measure light, discover how the brain works, and more. Girls in Science strives to serve students who are unfamiliar with science and curious to explore! 

Ages: Grades 6–8
Cost: FREE 
Session Dates: Exact dates will be announced soon! 
Apply: Applications for Fall 2018 will open late summer. Please check back soon!

High School Program
The High School Girls in Science program gives girls in grades 9–12 the opportunity to be a part of the groundbreaking research that's happening every day at UW. This winter, girls will have an opportunity to investigate the Burke's plant collections at the Herbarium! Girls will learn about plant morphology and will compare herbarium specimens with fossils from the Burke’s paleobotany collection to reveal what the Pacific Northwest would have looked like millions of years ago.
Ages: Grades 9–12
Cost: FREE (assistance with bus passes available upon request)
Session Dates: Six* Mondays from 4:30–6:30pm during Winter Quarter. Exact dates will be announced soon!
Apply: Applications for Winter 2019 will open in Fall 2018. Please check back soon!
*Applicants are expected to attend all six sessions. Participants must re-apply for each quarter in which they wish to participate. Space is very limited, so please apply for a later quarter if you are unable to commit to all six sessions. 
Summer Camp Program

The Burke Museum also holds a weeklong summer camp for girls entering grades 5–7 to explore hands-on science with Burke Museum and University of Washington female scientists. Visit our Camps page to learn more!


For questions, please contact us at 206.543.5591 or

Program Supporters

Cooper-Newell Foundation


The development of Girls in Science is in part supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EAR-1253713. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the Burke and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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