ASPIRE 2020 Information
New (March 20th, 2020): We would like to hold another ASPIRE program as soon as we are able. We had planned on having two sessions, with Session 1 will be June 8th-12th, and Session 2 will be June 15th-19th. Due to the restrictions due to Coronavirus, it seems unlikely that we will be able to hold ASPIRE in the Summer 2020. However, we encourage you to sign up in the meantime, at no cost, and we will contact you once we are able to set the dates. Thanks you for your patience and we wish everyone well.
Applications can be submitted here.
The ASPIRE workshop is for high school women who are entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grades. Participants will get their hands on physics equipment and software used by physicists and learn about physics research. In last year’s ASPIRE workshop, participants worked on three separate radio-themed projects where they searched for a hidden transmitter using antennas and oscilloscopes, analyzed real data from the ANITA neutrino experiment in Mathematica, and programmed an Arduino to produce their own mini-radio station.
Physicists from all levels—undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and professor—come together to share their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm with workshop attendees. Together, we foster the next generation of women scientists by giving them exposure to real research environments, challenges, and rewards.
It is not expected that participants have any physics or mathematics background and thus there are no previous course requirements for the workshop. However, we have noticed that students have a more constructive experience if they have taken trigonometry and possibly some exposure to physics in the classroom.
There is a $50 fee for participation in the workshop. Please note: we are able to and would like to offer a full scholarship to all students to cover the $50 participation fee. Please simply select in the application if you wish to receive this scholarship.
ASPIRE is made possible by generous support of the National Science Foundation through the NSF, the Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP), and the Department of Physics at The Ohio State University.
Here are some photos from past programs: