Ewgis Research Institute

A fully free virtual research mentorship summer program where high school students explore STEM fields under the guidance of an expert mentor.


Ewgis is a STEM summer mentorship research program. Once mentor-mentee pairings are formalized in June, mentees will start designing their own research program at no cost under their mentors.

For high school students - rising high school freshmen to rising college freshmen, the program provides an opportunity to carry out your own mentored research project over the summer.

For graduate and postdoctoral mentor participants, the program offers an opportunity to mentor a high school student through a summer research internship. We consider this to be an opportunity to promote a more sustainable and equitable future.

Participants in the Ewgis programs come together through a welcome conference that focuses on best practices in mentorship, communicating research (e.g., writing a research report, presenting research to a general audience), and contributing to a diverse research community. In addition, mentors will share their individual path journeys and experiences with mentorship. At the end of the summer, Ewgis mentees present their summer research to peers, team members, and affiliated partners at a mini-academic conference. By the end of the program, all students will have written a research paper and entered an internal competition to be featured in our journal!


  • Mentee application and mentor application open: April 30, 2022

  • Informative session for mentors and mentees: May 10, 2022

  • Priority application deadline: May 20, 2022, 11:55 pm EST

  • Final application deadline: June 15, 2022, 11:55 pm EST

  • Decision period: June 10, 2022. Rolling Basis.

  • Summer Program: June 28 - August 13, 2022

  • Research Dates: July 4 - July 31, 2022

  • Research summary statement and program survey deadline: August 4, 2022


Students must maintain an active commitment to Ewgis Research Program from the time of their application results through the conclusion of the program.

  • All students, from high school freshmen to college freshmen, are eligible to apply.

  • All graduate mentors and postdoctoral researchers who have participated in at least one program event during the past five years are eligible to apply (exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis).

The priority application deadline is May 20, 2022, at 11:55 pm EST. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the final application deadline (June 15, 2022, 11:55 pm EST) or until available spots are filled. Only one application per student will be considered each year.

The program application consists of two parts (incomplete applications will not be considered):

  • Part 1: Ewgis application (here) includes a program questionnaire, itemized research-related plan, and UNOFFICIAL school transcript.

  • Part 2: Commitment Form: Applicants should provide the same contact information in both parts; a commitment request will be sent to you automatically; we encourage you to check your inbox carefully, including spam and promotions. Everyone must complete the form for their application to be deemed complete and eligible for review.


If accepted, you will not be required to do any deposit. In fact, this program has been designed to be hosted at no cost. However, if there are any expenses during the length of the internship you intend to cover please consider the following list. You do not require all those resources to host a successful project - we will provide as many resources as we can - but they could be very useful.

Possible research-related expenses:

  • Consumable supplies

  • Software specific to your research project is not available through your department

  • Copying costs

  • Books (covered only when not available at your local library)

  • Database access costs


Ewgis does not choose applications based on their previous academic accomplishments. Applications will be carefully evaluated based on who is hard-working and determined to complete a largely independent program, genuinely want to do science research, and would have difficulty getting research experience as a high school student without us. The purpose of this program is to make STEM more accessible, which means that we'll try to give as many opportunities as we can to our applicants. However, we have certain spots available so we recommend applying as soon as possible

Once all research papers have been sent to us, they will automatically be considered for our internal competition with the possibility to be featured in our journal and/or closing conference. If you wish to send your paper to another journal with authorship exclusivity, please inform us in advance so that you do not enter this competition.


  • Mentees will be invited early to apply to our Science Writing Internship during the months of September-November

  • Mentors will be invited to serve as Ambassadors by undertaking publicity and outreach efforts.

  • We ask that you also acknowledge Girls in STEM and the Ewgis Summer Research Program support in any report, publication, or testimonial provided to any department/program or outside entity that makes reference to this summer research internship project through your paper.


Have a question? You might find an answer in the Mentee FAQs or Mentor FAQs pages.

Mentee and mentor applicants with questions should send an email to: girlsinstemorg@hotmail.com

Participants are expected to participate from Monday to Friday and attend the opening and closing conference and workshops.

Please email us at girlsinstemorg@hotmail.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding the application process.