This REU site is now closed. Our 3 years of NSF funding ended in 2018. There will be no further applications accepted.
The College of Wooster REU participants and other Neuroscience majors on campus provided a 2-hour long set of Brain Awareness Activities for the B-WISER camp on June 9, 2016 and a 1-hour long set of Brain Awareness Activities for the summer camp at the Alice Noble Ice Arena on June 23, 2016. The B-WISER camp is the Buckeye Women In Science, Engineering, and Research Institute, where 120 7thgrade girls from 38 counties in Northeast Ohio come to the College of Wooster for one week. Each day they receive instruction in some area of STEM, and we provided an evening activity in an area of science and research that they were not exposed to throughout the week. In the 2016 cohort, the B-WISER program provided 28 scholarships to girls who were selected by the district Science Fairs and district Science Olympiad and 22 financial aid scholarships to girls who are on reduced lunch programs at their schools (measure of socio-economic disadvantage). The REU students, therefore, had a significant impact on a large and diverse population of middle-school aged girls interested in science. The Alice Noble camp is a summer day-camp with approximately 30 children ranging in age from second grade through sixth grade.