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Women’s Institute of Summer Experimental Research (WISER)

Do you really love science? Does science spark your imagination? Want to see what it would be like to do science in college with other high school young women? If so then become a WISER High School Student. Pursue your interest in the sciences with college-level coursework and laboratory research in a three-week summer program for young women in high school.

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WISER (Women’s Institute of Summer Experimental Research) at the College of the Holy Cross provides accomplished young women entering their junior or senior year in high school the opportunity to earn college credit through a seminar-style course in the natural sciences as well as to gain hands-on research experience in a state-of-the-art laboratory. WISER students will learn from our distinguished science and mathematics faculty and join a group of approximately 70 undergraduates involved in primary research in the natural sciences and mathematics through Holy Cross’s summer research program.


The Program

The WISER program consists of two components: a college-level course in the natural sciences that can earn you college credit and original laboratory research:

  • “Scientific Perspectives of Human Disease” - The seminar-style course examines a subject through the perspectives of different scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, and/or physics.  The focus of the course is on the genetic basis of Alzheimer's disease and cancer.
  • Hands-on Laboratory Research - Holy Cross faculty members are engaged in original research in a variety of specialty fields. Each WISER high school student joins a faculty member’s research team where they will do cutting-edge research using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Labs available to the program may include projects in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience, or physics. Each WISER student is matched with an undergraduate research mentor.

WISER students also attend the summer research program’s weekly seminar series featuring Holy Cross research faculty members. 

Questions? Please contact Professor Daniel Bitran for more information at


The three-week program begins on July 16, 2018 and ends on August 3, 2018. 



Monday - Friday: Morning class (9 a.m. to noon) and afternoon research (1 to 4 p.m.) 

Lunch is provided on all days of the program. Dismissal is between 4 and 5 p.m.


Students earn college credits that can be transferred toward a college degree.


Tuition for the three-week program is $3,500. This includes all materials needed for the course and laboratory research, and a daily lunch. Tuition also includes expenses associated with special programs. 


Young women entering their junior or senior year of high school in September of 2018 are eligible to apply.

Students must be complete an application, and submit an unofficial copy of high school grades and a letter of recommendation from a high school science teacher or a guidance counselor. To apply complete the online application by April 2, 2018.