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65th Annual 
Frontiers of Science Institute
Science in a Changing World

Join us Sunday, June 9th

through Saturday, July 20, 2024!

Applications are now open!

Calling all high school students!  Join FSI in summer 2023. 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 hands-on research experiences, field trips, industrial visits, and seminars. There is also an opportunity to earn college credit. During the program, you will work with dedicated instructors and mentors who will boost your self-confidence and facilitate self-discovery.  And you'll have fun as you learn in an inclusive environment that provides an early introduction to college life and the interactions associated with community living.

Throughout the program, you'll be absorbed in learning and have the thrill of gaining new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) experiences that stimulate your interests and help you set and work toward personal, educational, and professional goals.

As part of the 2023 FSI cohort, you will

  • Experience educational, personal, and social growth with peers who share similar interests
  • Meet professionals in various STEM fields and become acquainted with STEM career opportunities during exclusive seminar presentations
  • Earn University of Northern Colorado college credit that is transferable as science or elective credit to almost any institution. (Course emphasis varies each year)
  • Have the chance to receive a scholarship to become a bear and attend the University of Northern Colorado

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If you have a strong desire to challenge yourself and engage in STEM investigations, have a high level of self-discipline, dependability, and social maturity, and are currently in high school grades 9-11, you're eligible! Areas considered when selecting applicants are an interest in STEM, a willingness to engage in STEM studies, a history of engagement in your community, and the commitment and enthusiasm to be part of a diverse cohort of students who live and learn together. Overnight field trips (with camping) may be scheduled and are mandatory.

Applications are competitive, so apply early!

Applications Available Soon

The application will ask you to describe your extracurricular activities and summer experiences, share how you contribute to your community, explain your interest in STEM and a STEM career, and outline why you want to attend FSI and how you hope to grow as a result of the experience.

Applications from women, differently gendered people, people of color, indigenous people, queer (LGBT+) community members, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funding your FSI Experience

The Frontiers of Science Institute is a program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC.) The FSI summer program is intended to promote greater access to future STEM careers. Our generous sponsors and donors provide funding for students to attend FSI with equity in mind. Scholarships, some of which cover the total cost of attending FSI, are competitive and are awarded based on several factors, including need, academic accomplishment, and community involvement. The cost of participating in the 2024 cohort is $6,000.  Applicants will be notified of scholarship awards when they are notified of acceptance. Reach out to us with questions at s FSI.admin@unco.edu



  • Application Available: January 2024
  • Priority Application Deadline: February 19, 2024
  • Priority Application Notice of Acceptance: March 22, 2024
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2024
  • Notice of Acceptance: April 30, 2024


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.