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 teens with scientists, Indigenous Knowledge Holders, and real UW lab experiences. GIS exists to help address inequities in STEM 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 peoples of all gender identities. We welcome students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in STEM, including Black students, Indigenous students, and Students of Color. 


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

Middle School Program

A collaborative and supportive environment for students in grades 7–8 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 students 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.

STEM Career Café & Interactive Slideshow

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 Graduate Student Alyssa Sargent.

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pictures of scientists with the text STEM Career Cafe & Interactive slideshow


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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Your gift makes it possible for us to offer financial 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