Westinghouse Science Honors Institute

The Westinghouse Science Honors Institute is a free program for high school juniors from Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities who demonstrate a strong interest in science and engineering and who are of high scholastic standing.

Westinghouse Science Honors Institute (WSHI) consists of 10 Saturday-morning lectures, from October through March, on selected topics in science and engineering. Students attend WSHI to gain insight into careers in engineering and science. They network with professionals in the "real world," and interact with students from different schools who also have the same abilities and interests.

Starting in 2019, registration will occur on-line. The deadline to register for the 2019-2020 WSHI program is September 30, 2019.

The 2019-2020 Westinghouse Science Honors Institute is sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Company. Lectures will be held at:

Franklin Regional Middle School
4660 Old William Penn Highway
Murrysville, PA 15668

Please note that there is more than one 4660 Old William Penn Highway in the area, so if using a GPS for driving directions please be sure to include the ZIP code of 15668 and verify that it is taking you to Franklin Regional Middle School.

For more information, please email westinghousesciencehonorsinstitute@westinghouse.com

About the Program

On select Saturdays from October through March, qualified high school juniors from Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities participate in lectures while attending the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute. A wide variety of topics are presented in the lecture portion of each session, with subjects such as:

  •  Nuclear power
  • Future human exploration of the solar system
  • Lasers and mechatronics
  • FBI's forensic investigations
  • Bioengineering
  • Searching for the missing 96 percent of the universe
  • The end of the age of dinosaurs in Antarctica
  • The potential of adipose tissue and adipose-derived stem cells
  • And More

Students are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the lecturers during or after the presentation. The lecturers are at the top of their fields, and most have demonstrations to heighten subject interest.

Approximately 200 accepted students will also have the opportunity to take an optional trip to tour the Penn State University Radiation Science and Engineering Center's Breazeale nuclear reactor. Space will be filled on a first come/first serve basis.

Each Saturday begins with a light breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. Lectures start at 9:45 a.m. and finish at 11:30 a.m. Students must be picked up no later than noon.

Students are eligible for Certificates of Completion if they have attended seven out of ten lectures or six out of ten lectures with a Penn State trip.


To be accepted into the WSHI program, students must be nominated by science coordinators or guidance counselors at high schools in Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities. These coordinators/ counselors receive WSHI information (including application forms) and nominate high school juniors with a high scholastic standing in both science and the humanities (minimum B average). Most importantly, students must have a sincere interest in science.

Home-schooled students who are at the junior level are also encouraged to apply and should contact WSHI directly at westinghousesciencehonorsinstitute@westinghouse.com