• Are you curious about your world?
  • Intrigued by parasites, microbes and other tiny living things?
  • Captivated by animals and their behavior?
  • Interested in coding, modeling scientific relationships and 3D printing?
  • Fascinated by chemical analysis and mechanics?

This summer, girls entering 7th – 9th grades will become research scientists in training at the Girls-in-Science Summer Research Experience at Fontbonne University. Participants can apply for one of three two-week sessions: biology, chemistry or physics.

These young scientists will work alongside a Fontbonne University faculty member/disease ecologist, as well as undergraduate assistants, as they participate in hands-on research and explore what it means to be a scientist.

Who:  Girls entering 7th – 9th grade

Biology session: June 4 – 14
Chemistry session: June 18 – 28
Physics session: July 9 – 19

Times:  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Before and After Care: Sunrise Science is available from 8 – 9:30 a.m. for each day of the program for a fee of $10 per day; Sunset Science is available from 3:30-5 p.m. for each day of the program for a fee of $10 per day. Both are available to a limited number of participants; payment instructions will arrive in each participant’s confirmation letters.

Where: Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, Mo. 63105

Cost:  FREE

  • June 4 - 14

    Biology Session

    Scientists will explore experimental design and analysis, genetics and PCR, parasitology techniques, coding and model building, and animal behavior.

  • June 18 - 28

    Chemistry Session

    Scientists will do distillations, titrations, chemical analysis, the quantification of available energy in foods, etc., and more.

  • July 9 - 19

    Physics Session

    Scientists will explore mechanics, including force analyses, as well as light, heat and magnification.

Registration and Application

The 2018 application is now closed. For questions about this year’s Girls in Science program, email Dr. Lane-deGraaf. For early notification of next year’s program, or interest in other academic-year science programming, please fill out the form below.

This camp is made possible through the generous financial support of the Monsanto Fund.


Contact Us

For more information, contact Kelly Lane-deGraaf, Ph.D., at or 314-889-1438