Girls in Science

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

Build confidence in your science skills under the mentorship of scientists

Designed to inspire the next generation of researchers and engineers, The UW Girls in Science program connects middle and high school students with womxn scientists, Indigenous Knowledge Holders, and real UW lab experiences. GIS exists to help address inequities in STEM fields by building student confidence, interest, skills, and knowledge through exposure to a variety of scientific fields and the mentorship of leaders from the Burke Museum, University Washington, and Puget Sound Community. 

GIS seeks to create a culture of belonging and respect inclusive of transgender women, gender non-binary peoples, cisgender women and other self identifying femme individuals. We privilege students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in STEM (Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color).

FREE summer learning opportunities!

Join local scientists and the Burke Education team to explore Washington careers in STEM. 
Featured scientists include Environmental Software Engineer Gracie Ermi, Medical Physicist Dr. Jess Fagerstom,
Microsoft Program Manager Bea Mendez-Gandica, and UW Ornithology Grad Student Alyssa Sargent.


online activities, medical physics, software engineering, cyber security, ornithologyActivity kits! idea prototype kit, exclusive burke swag, M&M radioactive decay kit, wildlife observation kit, coding craft kit

Fill out a request form to receive:

  • FREE passes for one student and one adult to see Burke scientists in action at the museum.
  • Access to pre-recorded Career Café program and interactive slideshow resource.
  • A Girls in Science activity bag with four Career Café kits and other goodies.
  • An opportunity to send questions to the Career Café scientists.

Resource request

participants learn about plant specimens
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Middle School Program

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 research shell specimens
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

High School Program

Giving girls in grades 9–12 the opportunity to be a part of the groundbreaking research that's happening every day at UW and the Burke Museum.

Meet the mentors

Learn more about the scientists working with the Girls in Science program at the Burke.

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Teen resources

Check out opportunities at the Burke, the University of Washington, and beyond!

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Girls in Science Program Supporters

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Your gift makes it possible for us to offer cost assistance to eligible schools, programs and families to ensure no child is turned away because of financial limitations.

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum