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64th Annual 
Frontiers of Science Institute
Resilience: Applied Science in a Changing World

Applications will be open in December 2022!

Calling all high school students!  Join FSI next summer. You'll 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 a hands-on experience, field trips, industrial visitations and seminars led by professionals from academia and industry. There is also an opportunity to earn college credit.

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 STEM experiences that stimulate your interest so you can set and work toward personal, educational and professional goals.

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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 science interest and willingness to engage in STEM studies. 

Applications are competitive, so apply early!

Funding your FSI Experience

MAST and FSI are dedicated to equity in STEM education.  The summer program is intended to promote greater access to future STEM careers for marginalized and low-income students.  Our generous sponsors and donors provide funding for students to attend FSI with equity in mind. Scholarships are competitive. Reach out to us with questions FSI.admin@unco.edu

Summer Program Announcement

Permission to Apply




  • Application available December 2022
  • Priority Application Deadline: February 20, 2023
  • Priority Application Notice of Acceptance, March 24, 2023
  • Application Deadline: April 2, 2023
  • Notice of Acceptance: April 30, 2023


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.