Thirty-two motivated, high achieving high school juniors and seniors are participating in the 2012 Frontiers of Science Institute at the University of Northern Colorado through July 27.
Throughout the summer, students study a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in the classroom, laboratory and field. Students can choose to take the course for college credit and after completion of the program are eligible for a scholarship to attend UNC.
Students gain valuable insight into related careers through mentored research, seminars given by academic and industry professionals, and classroom and laboratory work. This year, the program includes outdoor field trips to the Black Hills of South Dakota, visits to various industrial sites and laboratories including Xcel Energy Power Plants, and a guest lecture by Noble Energy.
During the six-week program, students learn to design experiments, collect and analyze data and write a scientific research paper. Each participant will create a poster for display and conduct a formal presentation to discuss their research and findings. Projects will be on display at an open house from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the Pikes Peak Ballroom at the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.
More than 1,600 students from more than 260 Colorado communities and four other states have participated in FSI since its start in 1959. All geographic areas of the state have been represented.
FSI is sponsored by UNC in collaboration with private funding from donors who promote youth science education. Major Donors include the Adolph Coors Foundation, Xcel Energy Foundation, Noble Energy, Frank and Gloria Walsh Science Foundation, Seagate Technology, Mikkelson Education Fund, Bacon Family Foundation, The Tointon Family Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Newmont Mining Corporation and Suncor Energy, as well as many FSI Alumni.
For more information about FSI, visit its website at http://mast.unco.edu.
Students, their parents, hometowns, high schools and the entities sponsoring the students' participation are:
- Jacob Aas, Eric and Heidi Aas, Windsor, Windsor High School, Adolph Coors Foundation Scholar
- Adam Bao, Liyuan Bao and Ying Feng, Fremont (Calif.), Mission San Jose High School, Bao Family Scholar
- Aspen Binder, Carliss Binder and David Binder, Lakewood, Jefferson County Open School, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Scholar
- Erica Birkholz, Matthew and Lori Birkholz, Chandler (Ariz.), Horizon Honors High School, 1981 Alumni Scholar
- Meghan Combs, Joe and Connie Sanchez and Suzanne Casias, Pueblo, Pueblo South High School, The Tointon Family Foundation Scholar
- Tyler Greenly, Thomas and Julie Greenly, Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs High School, Adolph Coors Foundation Scholar
- Scarlet Holvenstot, Lynton Moore, Ridgway, Ridgway High School, Morris Family Scholar
- Jessamyn Hutchins, Tony and Sandy Hutchins, Evergreen, Jefferson County Open School, Noble Energy Scholar
- Akshay Kumar, Ganesh Kumar and Shashi Ganesh, Fort Collins, Ridgeview Classical Schools, FSI Alumni Scholar
- Sierra Lear, Kevin and Monna Lear, Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge High School, Xcel Energy Foundation Scholar
- Antonia Lin, Jiangfen Zheng, Louisville, Monarch High School, Noble Energy Scholar
- Celina Lucero, Benjamin and Rosalba Lucero, Westminster, Standley Lake High School, Suncor Energy Scholar
- Paul Marchando, Michael and Lori Marchando, Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, Chesapeake Energy Scholar
- Orin Miller, Denice Miller, Arvada, Standley Lake High School, Miller Family Scholar
- Mitchell Neal, Matt and Lynn Neal, Montrose, Montrose High School, Coutts & Clark Western Foundation Scholar
- Chibuikem Nwizu, Chima and Nnenna Nwizu, Greeley, Frontier Academy, Schlessman Family Foundation Scholar
- Dylon Patschke, Steve and Denise Patschke, Bennett, Bennett High School, Adolph Coors Foundation Scholar
- Chelsey Potter, David and Teresa Potter, Pueblo, School of Engineering and Biomedical Science at Pueblo County High School, Adolph Coors Foundation Scholar
- Odysseus Quarles, Barbara Thayer and Leto Quarles, Lafayette, Centaurus High School, Noble Energy Scholar
- Aishwarya Ramamurthi, Radhakrishnan Ramamurthi and Vaijayanthy Mahadevan, Aurora, Cherokee Trail High School, Brian Davidson Health Sciences Scholar
- Amy Ramirez, Raul Ramirez and Delia Perches, Denver, Sheridan High School, 1979 Alumni Scholar
- Carly Ratekin, Les Ratekin and Dianne Schade, Evergreen, Evergreen High School, The Tointon Family Foundation Scholar
- Carly Romnes, Carl and Christine Romnes, Dulce (N.M.), Pagosa Springs High School, Adolph Coors Foundation Scholar
- Corey Ruggles, Thomas and Lea Ruggles, Eckley, Wray High School, Frank & Gloria Walsh Science Foundation Scholar
- Byungchan (Michael) Shin, Hyung and Kyung Shin, Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista High School, Newmont Mining Corporation Scholar
- Sofia Simina, Eugene and Yulia Simon, Aurora, Smoky Hill High School, Xcel Energy Foundation Scholar
- Melani Spath, Stu and Pamela Spath, Centennial, Cherry Creek High School, Chesapeake Energy Scholar
- Benjamin Spitz, Glenn and Patrice Spitz, Boulder, Boulder High School, Spitz Family Scholar
- Gavin Stewart, Blake and Megan Stewart, Loveland, Loveland High School, 1984 Alumni Scholar
- Caleb Suresh, George and Brindha Suresh, Centennial, Smoky Hill High School, The Morris Family Scholar
- Genysie Van Duren, Aaron and Lis Van Duren, Fleming, Fleming High School, Frank & Gloria Walsh Science Foundation Scholar
- Emily Vavra, Larry and Bev Vavra, Burlington, Burlington High School, Adolph Coors Foundation Scholar