Girls Exploring the Universe!

July 8 - 12 2019, University of Virginia

GETU 2016

GETU 2016

About This Camp

The Girls Exploring the Universe (GETU) program offers a free, exciting, on‐campus summer experience at the University of Virginia for middle school girls designed to increase their interest and curiosity in astronomy and science.

GETU is at the University of Virginia’s McCormick Observatory from July 8 - 12, 2019. Activities will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Campers can be dropped off starting at 8am and should be picked up by 6pm each day. We provide lunches and snacks throughout the day.

This year's camp will include a one-day field trip to Green Bank Observatory, and one or two open nights at McCormick Observatory for families of participating students (weather permitting).

Our Story

The Girls Exploring the Universe program was created, developed, and organized by Dr. Rukmani Vijayaraghavan in 2016 and was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and by the University of Virginia Department of Astronomy. Under her care, this camp successfully ran for three consecutive summer. Now through a grant from the Directors of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Virginia, we are pleased to continue this camp going forward.

Since 2016, we have engaged more than sixty 6th-8th grade girls in astronomy oriented activities — from looking at the Sun with solar telescopes, building mock Mars rovers and simulating a NASA mission to Mars, to making real observations with the 40 inch radio telescope at the Green Bank Observatory!

Our mission is to provide a comfortable environment that encourages girls to explore science. Because science is awesome! Our camp is primarily led by women astronomers, and we bring in women from all parts of that career path, from undergraduates to NASA astronauts, to tell you about their careers.



Dr. Allison Costa

U.Va Department of Astronomy

Dr. Ilse Cleeves

U.Va Department of Astronomy