Distance Learning

Discovering the World through Science
June 7-12, 2015



“Discovering the World through Science”is a unique and exciting summer enrichment and career exploration opportunity for promising young students who have completed at least one year in high school.

 The program is designed for students who have a budding interest in the sciences and wish to further explore career opportunities and options for future study in the sciences. This one-week- long program provides opportunity for students to participate in hands-on scientific discovery in a wide variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geology/palentology, mathematics, neuroscience, geography/meteorology, nursing, and physics/astronomy. Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on the interconnectedness and collaborative nature of the sciences in today’s technology-oriented world.

 Through hands-on investigation of scientific principles and methodology, students experience each of the major scientific disciplines from the vantage point of working directly with distinguished university faculty. For example, the program begins with an exploration of the relationship between the brain and behavior led by the Neuroscience (Psychology) faculty; this is followed by physics experiments centered around gravity and light with the Physics faculty, and an investigation into the complexities of predicting severe weather guided by scientists and storm chasers from the Meteorology program. The program culminates with a field trip involving exploration of geologic time and natural resources led by the Geology faculty; and as a capstone experience on the final day of the program the Biology faculty accompany students to WIU’s Kibbe Field Station along the banks of the Mississippi River to explore habitat and native plants of this pristine wildlife area. This opportunity to learn through doing truly brings science alive and into the hands of participants.

 Our program instructors are all WIU faculty and department chairs. They are highly-experienced scientists, mathematicians, and nurses who provide one-on-one opportunities for students to experience these disciplines and to ask questions and learn in an intellectually challenging environment. Please note: this is an active learning experience! Participants spend the vast majority of their time actively participating in laboratory and field experiences designed to provide them with a hands-on, working knowledge of the sciences.


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Participation Criteria

Completion of at least one year of high school is required of all participants. Gifted status or minimum qualifying scores on standardized tests are not requirements; however, this is not a remedial program. Participants should have sufficient curiosity, motivation, achievement level, and maturity to benefit from the program. Students must be recommended for the program by a science teacher or school administrator as indicated on the registration form. A follow-up email/phone call to the recommender may be used to verify the student’s suitability for the program. A recommendation to the program does not guarantee acceptance. Enrollment is limited to 18 students, so please register early.


 Special Features

Top faculty from WIU’s Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography (Meteorology), Geology, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology (Neuroscience) coordinate the instructional portion of the program and are available throughout the week for group and individual discussions. Participants experience interactive exposure to WIU’s excellent laboratories and field stations, which provide exciting hands-on experiences and positive exposure to the University environment.


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Enrollment is limited to 18 students so please register early. The registration fee is $475 and includes tuition, supplies, all scheduled extracurricular activities, lodging, and all meals. Commuter students are not accepted. A limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan , may send a $100 deposit at the time of registration, up to 60 days before the program start date. Fifty percent of the registration fee is due at 60 days prior to the program and full payment is due 30 days before the start of the program. Register online or mail registration form with check or credit card information to Outreach Programs-HH8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390. You may fax your registration with credit card information to 309/298-2226. Please duplicate this registration form for additional registrations. 



Participants stay in the newly remodeled Corbin/Olson Residence Hall on the Macomb (main) campus of Western Illinois University and in the dormitory at Kibbe Field Station. In addition to the program of study, they enjoy extracurricular activities such as swimming; bowling; and cookouts; and in the evenings, telescope viewing (conducted by Physics/Astronomy faculty) and group discussions centered on science-related films.  All activities are supervised by faculty and carefully selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the University campus. Plan for an exciting on-campus experience in addition to several field trips this summer!  


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Students do not qualify for university health care, so parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Outreach Programs know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to program start date. Our office number is 309/298-1911. The toll free phone number is 866/933-8964.



For more information about “Discovering the World through Science,” check us out on the web at www.wiu.edu/outreach-programs.



Western Illinois University - College of Arts and Sciences - School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach

Department of Biological Sciences - Department of Chemistry - Department of Geography - Department of Geology - Department of

Mathematics - School of Nursing - Department of Physics - Department of Psychology



Western Illinois University reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants are notified and fees are refunded. A $50 fee is charged to participants who cancel after Friday, May 22, 2015. No refunds will be made on or after Wednesday, June 3, 2015.



For further information, call the Outreach Programs Office at 309/298-1911 or toll free at 866/933-8964.


Western Illinois University complies with all federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and affirms its commitment in all programs and activities to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, national origin, and status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam Era veteran.


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