The Women's Health Research Institute created the Women’s Health Science Program (WHSP) for High School Girls & Beyond to provide science education programs to females from underserved communities. WHSP targets young women who are considering careers in science and medicine and prepares them with valuable knowledge and skills to successfully become the next generation of women science leaders. WHSP will be held this summer from July 11-15, 2016. Apply today!

For the first time since its inception, the WHRI has decided to open the door to young men in Chicago public high schools for a special two-day immersion academy where students can master basic and clinical science skills! The Men's Health Summer Program (MHSP) targets young men considering careers in science and medicine. MHSP will be held this summer on July 14 and 15, 2016. Apply today!

Are you curious about oncofertility curriculum materials? Check out these online materials from our colleagues at the Oregon Health and Science University!

WHSP encompasses multiple academies: the Oncofertility Summer Academy (OSA), the Infectious Disease Summer Academy (IDSA), and the Women's Health Summer Academy (WHSA). These academies are held during the summer, and applications are open to 9th -12th grade students in Chicago Public Schools. Students in the WHSP academies:

  • Learn and apply science processing skills through hands-on laboratory and clinical activities
  • Explore and prepare to successfully enter into academic programs and careers in science and medicine
  • Develop relationships with students and professionals throughout the science pipeline
  • Be empowered with women’s health knowledge that they can share with peers, families, and communities

WHSP provides academic, personal, and social support during a time period when students make important decisions about their future educational and career trajectories. High school students with a wide range of academic abilities and science interests are encouraged to apply to WHSP. To make a deep, lasting impact on students’ lives, WHSP is committed to providing multiple learning opportunities over a significant period of time. 100% of WHSP alumnae go onto college, and 82.5% are pursuing major in the fields of science and medicine.  The WHSP program was recognized for its accomplishments in 2010 with The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. WHSP leadership likes to stay connected to our students and alumnae, so the WHRI has created the WHSP Blog, which posts everything from health tips to study habits to lifestyle choices; check it out!


The Summer 2016 Application is Now Available Online!

Click here if you are a CPS student interested in applying for this year's Women's Health Science Program or Men's Health Science Program!

Are you a medical student interested in volunteering? Click here to apply for a paid mentorship opportunity for Summer 2016!

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