Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, CU Science Discovery is offering its K-12 summer STEM classes in a virtual format that combines online learning with hands-on activities. To speak with our registrar, please leave a voicemail with your phone number on our main phone line (303-492-7188) or send an email requesting a call back. For current updates about the University of Colorado Boulder response to COVID-19, please visit the CU website.


Come spend a week living and working as a scientist at 9,500 feet! In this five-day residential field course for high school students, we'll stay at CU’s Mountain Research Station (MRS), an active field research station located near Nederland. Throughout the week, we will work with CU faculty and undergraduate and graduate student researchers on a variety of research projects that span disciplines such as ecology and evolutionary biology, entomology, geosciences, limnology, plant ecology and climate science. We'll also attend evening presentations given by MRS scientists. The Mountain Research Experience is the perfect way to get a taste of scientific research while living, working (and playing volleyball!) with CU field scientists! Students should enjoy spending long days outside, getting dirty, working hard, and learning about what it’s really like to do research in the field.

Participants of this program are selected via a highly competitive application process.

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Questions regarding the Mountain Research Experience or the application process? Contact Maggie Warren via email.