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.

The 2021-2022 lecture series is being offered virtually, via the Microsoft Teams format. Lectures start at 10:00 a.m. and finish around 11:15 a.m.

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

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 look forward to speaking to students year after year. A WSHI staff moderator will be present for each lecture to monitor questions and technical issues.

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.


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

  • October 16, 2021: Bryan Palaszewski, NASA (Human Exploration of the Solar System)
  • October 30, 2021: Lauren Kokai, University of Pittsburgh Plastic Surgery and Bioengineering
  • November 13, 2021: Ben Campbell, Robert Morris University (Lasers and Mechatronics)
  • December 11, 2021: Arielle Konig, Westinghouse Electric Company (Nuclear Power)
  • December 18, 2021: Harvey Borovetz, University of Pittsburgh (Bioengineering and the Human Heart)
  • January 15, 2022: Miguel Mostafa, Penn State University, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics, Director of the Center for Multimessenger Astrophysics Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos
  • January 22, 2022: Andrew Zentner, University of Pittsburgh (Physics and Astronomy)
  • January 29, 2022: Penn State Breazeale Nuclear Reactor (Virtual Tour)
  • February 5, 2022: Penn State Breazeale Nuclear Reactor (Virtual Tour)
  • February 19, 2022: Jack Matson, Penn State University, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • February 26, 2022: Cheryl Six, UPMC Mercy, Department of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Trauma Surgery)