Girls STEM Institute

Founder and Director Dr. Crystal Morton is an Associate Professor of mathematics education in the Indiana University School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Girls STEM Institute (GSI) provides young Women of Color, traditionally marginalized in STEM fields, an opportunity to develop an understanding of mathematics and other STEM concepts in a meaningful and culturally grounded context. Within GSI’s rich, rigorous, relevant, and​  supportive context, participants have the freedom to grow interpersonally and intellectually. ​ Through GSI, young women access powerful STEM learning experiences that challenge them to think deeply and critically. As STEM learners, they are empowered to use STEM as a tool for personal and social change. GSI also reinforces the importance of higher education and aims to help young ladies develop more positive perceptions of STEM and increase the flow of underrepresented groups to upper-level mathematics courses as well as other STEM-related degrees and careers. GSI is unique in that it focuses on the whole person through the integration of STEM learning with overall wellness and well-being. Family and community engagement are the other main components of GSI. These components aim to support parents to become more effective advocates on behalf of their children and bolster the gains made by their children in Girls STEM Institute.


Girls STEM Institute: Fostering and Maximizing Interdisciplinary Learning Year-round (F.a.M.I.L.Y) Summary (Download)

The F.a.M.I.L.Y Project provides Black girls and their parents/caregivers an opportunity to complete life-enriching multidisciplinary STEM experiences collaboratively to explore how these learning experiences impact Black girls and their parents/caregivers' enjoyment of STEM and interest in STEM content and careers.



Girls STEM Institute Summer Program at IUPUI

When: June 6 - July 1st - 9:00 - 4:00

Where: IUPUI Campus ES 1122 and 1126

Theme: Beyond Me: Exploring our Environments. During summer 2022, scholars will engage in STEAM-related activities while critically analyzing areas associated with the study of Environmental and Earth Science and Aviation. We will explore topics such as access to clean water, soil quality, pollution, the role of technology in the study of the environment, aerospace engineering, pilot training, air traffic control, and aviation safety. Given our holistic approach to STEM learning, we will continue to integrate workshops focused on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, career and college readiness, digital media, and physical fitness.  Some of our workshop topics/titles will include:  

1. What's the water cycle?

2. Testing for Water Contamination 

3. Pilots and more (exploring aviation careers)

4. Exploring financial wellness   

5. Good skin and hair care

6. Empowerment through digital media art, photography, journalism, magazine design, and branding

We are also hosting a Girls and Guys STEM Institute for 3-8 grade scholars in MSD Pike from June 6-June 24