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"One particular field trip that struck me was the visit to Ashland, Inc. I met women engineers and learned about the numerous types of jobs that chemical engineers do. This made me feel that engineering might be a feasible career option for me because of the broad range of duties that a chemical engineer can perform." 

Kristie S., former CHEER participant

Program Description

Hosted by the Women in Engineering Program (WiE) at The Ohio State University, WiE CHEER is a three-day, non-residential summer program focused on the field of chemical engineering. Female students going into the 9th grade are eligible to apply.

All meals and transportation are provided for students throughout the camp.

WiE CHEER is designed to give participants an in-depth look at important research areas and concepts within the field of chemical engineering. Each day, the program combines a field trip to an area business or corporation with a series of fun, hands-on activities. The off-campus field trips allow participants to see what chemical engineers do in the "real world," while the on-campus activities enable students to imagine themselves as practicing chemical engineers. Off-campus field trips and on-campus activities are developed and coordinated by Ohio State engineering faculty and staff as well as graduate students who are earning their Ph.D.s in chemical engineering.

All students are supervised by members of the program's staff throughout the day.

"The learning environment was amazing...and the sense of community that was built so quickly between the girls was astounding." ~WiE CHEER participant

Date/Alternative Programs

WiE CHEER will not be offered during the summer of 2015 and instead will be offered during the summer of 2016. If you are looking for alternative summer program options please check out the links below:

Ohio Supercomputer Center Summer Institute

Engineering Summer Experience

Engineering Summer Academy

Engineering Summer camps across Ohio

Girls Reaching to Achieve in Sports & Physics


If a student is accepted into WiE CHEER, a participation fee of $150 will be required to confirm that student's spot in the program.  There is a limited amount of financial assistance available to fully or partially cover the cost of participation fees for students and families who have a demonstrated financial need. Please contact for the financial assistance application.

Rolling Admission Process

WiE CHEER is a competive summer program for rising 9th graders. Below is the previous year's rolling admission process:

  • Completed Application Form
    A Personal Statement (available on the online application form) and Teacher Recommendation that shows a genuine interest in engineering
        -The applicant’s full name must appear at the top of the statement.
        -The statement must be between 300 and 500 words, typed.
        -The personal statement should explain her motivation for applying to WiECHEER & what she hopes to get out of attending this camp.
        -Applicants should review their statements carefully before submitting them for review.
  • B+ or higher in all Math and Science classes
  • 3.6 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) preferred
  • Receipt of the following materials in ONE envelope:
     (1) Teacher recommendation form
          -The teacher recommendation form must be completed by the applicant’s current math or science teacher.
          -The teacher should return the form to the applicant in a sealed envelope with the teacher’s signature across the flap.
          -Applicants should NOT open the sealed teacher recommendation.

     (2) A copy of the applicant's final report card for the 2011-2012 academic year
     (3) A copy of the applicant's most recent report card for the 2012-2013 academic year (must show cumulative GPA)
  • The number of spots for participants is limited and pending funding.

Application Forms

If interested in participating in WiE CHEER please email us at to be on the interest list.


Contact WiE at if you have questions.