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 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.

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 STEM inspired lectures while attending the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute. A wide variety of topics are presented in the lecture portion of each session, with presenters from:

  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Robert Morris University: Lasers and Mechatronics
  • Penn State University: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Penn State University: Environmental Engineering, Creativity and Innovation
  • Penn State University: Breazeale Nuclear Reactor
  • Westinghouse Electric Company: Nuclear Power
  • University of Pittsburgh: Bioengineering
  • University of Pittsburgh: Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Pittsburgh and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Department of Surgery

Students are eligible for Certificates of Completion if they successfully complete an online exam at the end of the lecture series. Details will be provides towards the end of the lecture series.

Requirements

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.
All nominated students should work with their school contacts for final registration. Required documentation is to be sent to WSHI at westinghousesciencehonorsinstitute@westinghouse.com.

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

Registration deadlines will be communicated to school contacts.

Lecture Schedule

The 2022-2023 lecture schedule:
  • October 15, 2022: Bryan Palaszewski, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • October 29, 2022: To Be Determined
  • November 5, 2022: Optional Trip to PSU, Breazeale Nuclear Reactor
  • November 12, 2022: Ben Campbell, Robert Morris University, Associate Professor of Engineering Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Lasers
  • November 19, 2022: Andrew Zentner, University of Pittsburgh, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • December 17, 2022 (VIRTUAL): Harvey Borovetz, University of Pittsburgh, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering
  • January 14, 2023: Sylena Smith, Westinghouse Electric Company
  • January 21, 2023: Matthew Lamanna, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Section of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • January 28, 2023: To Be Determined
  • February 4, 2023: Optional Trip to PSU, Breazeale Nuclear Reactor
  • February 18, 2023: To Be Determined
  • February 25, 2023: Lauren Kokai, University of Pittsburgh and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine