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Frontiers of Science Institute

Applications for the 63rd Annual Frontiers of Science Institute Online Program are now open!  See application below.

Calling all high school students!  You have the opportunity to have fun and learn in an inclusive environment.  You will work with dedicated instructors and mentors who boost your self-confidence and facilitate self-discovery.  The Frontier of Science Institute (FSI) at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) reaches beyond the high school curriculum by introducing new scientific concepts during a six-week summer program that includes field trips, industrial visitations and seminars led by professionals from academia and industry and laboratory activities.

Choose between a research mentoring program on the UNC campus where you will conduct real scientific research, or an online program where you will develop computer science and data science projects with professional mentors!

You’ll be absorbed in learning for the thrill of learning, residential STEM experiences that stimulate your interest so you can set and work toward personal, educational and professional goals.

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How to Apply

If you have a strong interest in and aptitude for science and are a sophomore or junior in high school you’re eligible!

Areas considered when selecting applicants are overall academic proclivity, science interest and aptitude to engage in STEM studies.  MAST and FSI are dedicated to equity in STEM education.  The summer program is intended to promote greater access to science education for marginalized and low-income students.  Our generous sponsors and donors provide funding for students to attend FSI with equity in mind.

Applications are competitive so apply early!

Summer Program Announcement

Permission to Apply




  • FSI Priority Application Deadline: February 15, 2022.
  • FSI Priority Application Notice of Acceptance: March 15, 2022
  • FSI Extended Application Deadline: April 1, 2022
  • FSI Priority Application Notice of Acceptance: April 30, 2022


Stay on Campus

You’ll stay in UNC dorms, eat in the dining halls and work in classrooms and labs in Ross Hall. Introduce yourself to college life and community living to promote personal and social growth. Through these experiences you’ll build rich insight into today’s science and technology and consider options for future STEM careers.