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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

EXCITE Summer Workshop 

21st Annual EXCITE Summer Workshop: June 2023

The EXCITE Summer Workshop is a 3-day program designed to encourage and inspire high school students to pursue a future in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and pre-health professions. The workshop furthers KAWSE's mission of enriching the lives of girls and women in STEM. Students of all genders are welcome to attend. 

EXCITE students posing with Willie the Wildcat

Early-bird registration and scholarship applications open March 2023!

Online registration will open in March 2023. Register early to receive our early-bird pricing of $290. Starting in late April, registration rates increase to $315. 

Your registration cost includes a 2-night stay in residence halls on the K-State campus, meals, snacks, camp swag, and all materials needed to participate in activities. A complete list of items your registration includes is below.

Scholarships Available!

Financial need-based scholarships are available to those who meet one of the three criteria below. Students may apply for a scholarship when registering for the event. A completed registration form and a $30 deposit are required as part of the application packet. Applications are due in late April. Full and partial scholarships are available; scholarships are not guaranteed. 

  • Student qualifies for the free and reduced-price lunch program. The GROW and EXCITE programs understand that not all people who qualify participate in the program. GROW and EXCITE are only interested in whether the student qualifies for the program.
  • While student does not qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program, she/he is just over the threshold to qualify for the program.
  • While student does not qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program, she/he is experiencing severe financial strain. In the past, people have chosen this option when their house recently burned down, when they were taking care of ill family members, etc.
Who Should Attend?

The EXCITE Workshop is open to students who will finish grades 8, 9, 10 or 11 in May 2023. Students of all genders are welcome to attend the EXCITE Workshop. Our GROW Workshop is open to students who will finish grades 5, 6, or 7 in May 2023. 

GROW and EXCITE students in a hands-on activity

What Will We Do?

K-State faculty, staff and students will host a variety of hands-on activities that relate to their fields/professions. KAWSE will also plan events during the evenings and down times that highlight life as a Wildcat. Students will stay overnight in the residence halls and eat at the dining facilities, all while experiencing what it's like to attend K-State.  

Housing & Dining

Program participants will be housed in residence hall rooms (double occupancy) at Kansas State University. On the registraiton form, students can indicate the name of another student with whom they would like to share a room. We will make every effort to fulfill the request, but cannot guarantee requests will be filled. 

All meals from lunch on Wednesday to lunch on Friday are included in the registration fee. Snacks are provided during the morning and afternoon sessions, as well as in the residence halls in the evening. 

Summer Workshop students in an activity

Transportation & Parking

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Kansas State University, Manhattan campus. Residence halls are within distance of on-campus activities. Transportation will be provided to any activities off campus. 

Parking permits are required for all vehicles parked on the K-State campus. They are not required for drop-off/pick-up at the residence hall, however, they will be needed if the driver plans on attending the welcoming ceremony on Wednesday morning or the closing ceremony on Friday afternoon. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend both ceremonies. 

More information about parking on the K-State campus is available at www.k-state.edu/parking

How do I register?

Registration is available online. Early-bird pricing and scholarship opportunities are available until late April. Full-price registration closes in May 2023. 

Upon receiving your registration, K-State KAWSE (home of the GROW and EXCITE Program) will email you confirmation, along with more information and next steps. We recommend adding K-State KAWSE (kawse@k-state.edu) to your contact list to avoid having our emails go to your spam folder. 

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, please do so as soon as possible. This will allow any waitlisted participants the chance to participate. A full refund will be made if cancellations are received with enough advanced notice by KAWSE staff.  

If you have more questions, please contact KAWSE, home of the EXCITE program, by emailing kawse@k-state.edu. To sign up for our mailing list, contact kawse@k-state.edu

2019 Summer Workshop Participants