GROW Summer Workshops

24th Annual GROW Summer Workshop: June 7-9, 2023

The GROW Summer Workshop is a 3-day program scheduled from June 7-9, 2023. This workshop is designed to encourage and inspire middle school students to pursue a future in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and pre-health professions. These workshops further KAWSE's mission of enriching the lives of girls and women in STEM. Students of all genders are welcome to attend.

Summer Workshop group from 2019

Early-bird registration and scholarship applications open March 20, 2023!

Register online here and send a completed consent waiver to Register early to receive our early-bird pricing of $290. Regular registration rates increase to $315.

Your registration cost includes a 2-night stay in residence halls on the K-State campus; all meals from lunch on Wednesday to lunch on Friday; snacks; camp swag; and all materials needed to participate in activities.

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 on April 28, 2023. 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 are taking care of ill family members, etc.

Who Should Attend?

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

Summer workshop participants

What Will We Do?

K-State faculty, staff and students will host a variety of 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 and meeting other students who share similar interests.

Housing and Dining

Program participants will be housed in residence hall rooms (double occupancy) at Kansas State University. On the registration 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 participants

Transportation and Parking

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Kansas State University, Manhattan campus. Residence halls are within walking 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

How do I register?

Register online here and send a completed consent waiver to Early-bird pricing and scholarship applications will be available until April 28, 2023. Full-price registration closes on May 17, 2023.

As the workshop approaches, KAWSE (home of the GROW and EXCITE programs) will email you a confirmation, along with more information and next steps. We recommend adding K-State KAWSE ( 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 by KAWSE staff by May 31, 2023 (seven days prior to the event).

If you have more questions, please contact KAWSE, home of the GROW program, by emailing To sign up for our mailing list, please contact

Students participate in a hands-on activity