We know that you’re smart. At GFS, we help you become WISE.

"I always wanted to work in a real lab, and WISE is one of the reasons why I came to Garrison Forest. The depth of research is exactly what I expected…What I found most amazing is the friendly and positive atmosphere of Johns Hopkins’ labs.”
-Mia ’16, who studied neurogenesis and optogeneitcs at the Institute for Cell Engineering: Neurogeneration Program at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions


What is WISE?

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program is a groundbreaking partnership between Garrison Forest and Johns Hopkins University. We place talented GFS students in Hopkins labs two afternoons a week for about 15 weeks of a semester. WISE students are carefully matched with a Hopkins mentor (professor or graduate student) for a semester and participate fully in the research focus of a Hopkins lab.

Close to 300 GFS students have participated in WISE since its inception in 2005, with over 125 JHU faculty serving as host mentors to students. WISE students receive academic credit at GFS for their WISE work.

WISE is much more than working on world-class research projects. It’s immersion science, science mentoring, an exciting overview of science and engineering fields—and, most of all, it’s an opportunity to dive into your passions for STEM and truly test your mettle in a real lab as a real contributor.

2022-23 WISE students at their final poster session.

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WISE supports young women in pursuing an education and career in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design and math) fields in which women are significantly underrepresented. Regardless of the student’s primary area of interest, our WISE program seeks to expand overall STEAM literacy and cross-disciplinary connections and develop a deep understanding of the research process. In WISE, the process of discovery is more important than a particular research topic.


Contact Andrea Perry
Director of The James Center