Reproductive Science Saturday is a one-day program for female high school students interested in learning more about the field of reproductive science and medicine lead by Drs. Teresa Woodruff and Nicole Woitowich. Students will be introduced to topics in reproductive health through the lens of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) and participate in hands-on laboratory experiences. 

Date: Saturday, June 24th, 2017  


Like all Women's Health Science Program (WHSP) academies, Reproductive Science Saturday applicants must be Chicago Public School students in grades 9-12. Applicants should be passing all their current high school classes and possess a passion for science and/or medicine. All interested students must submit the following online forms: a student application (with personal statement) and parent/guardian consent form. The application deadline has been extended to Monday, June 5th, 2017. 

Sensitive Academic Content Disclaimer:

The Women’s Health Science Program (WHSP) strives to provide an excellent, safe, and empowering learning experience for young women. During Reproductive Science Saturday we will cover a range of topics, including some topics that might be considered sensitive.  For example, we will discuss:

  • Women’s reproductive health (including assisted reproductive technologies)
  • Women’s sexual health
  • Birth control and various forms of contraception (condoms, oral pill, etc.)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • The female annual exam and breast exam

 These topics are presented by health experts (doctors, medical students, and trained peer-health educators) in a professional environment.  We allow and encourage students to ask any questions they might have, and we also encourage anonymous questions.  We do not, however, force students to participate or to ask questions if they are not comfortable.

If you have any questions or concerns about these topics, please contact the women's health science program at whsp@northwestern.edu or (312) 503-1385.  

The application deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting applications.