FSI Class of 1959 - 1st Year

FSI Class of 2018 - 60th year

FSI Class of 2018 - 60th year

What is FSI?

Initially, FSI was designed to stimulate high school seniors' interest in science (with priority for rural students). Today, FSI focuses on enhancing scientific aspiration and achievement of Colorado's high school juniors and seniors who possess strong interest and aptitude in science. FSI strives to balance rural and urban participation, maintain gender equity, and recruit students from underrepresented groups.

FSI's primary goal is to provide students with authentic, engaging experiences to stimulate their knowledge, skills, and interest in STEM subjects. Additionally, FSI students are challenged to build their self-confidence and ability and to initiate their future academic and professional planning. Students benefit from experiences where they step outside their comfort zones, realize important societal roles they can fill, and pursue their most ambitious goals.


The Frontiers of Science Institute (FSI), founded in 1959, was inspired by the launch of Sputnik. At that time, university educators recognized the need to generate stronger U.S. interest in science. FSI was one of the very first state-focused science Institutes that provided enrichment for bright science-oriented students. Consistent corporate and private funding has permitted FSI to continue to prosper for 50 years.

How Does FSI Work

For six summer weeks, students become immersed in a learning environment with dedicated instructors and mentors, boosting their self-confidence and facilitating self-discovery. FSI seeks to reach beyond the high-school curriculum by introducing new scientific concepts within a workshop setting. FSI students are immersed in learning-for-the-thrill-of-learning, residential STEM experiences to stimulate their interests so they can set and work toward personal, educational, and professional goals.

FSI participants, selected for their overall academic proclivity, science interest, and aptitude, engage in STEM studies science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during field trips, industrial visitations, seminars by professionals from academia and industry, and mentored research, as well as classroom and laboratory activities.

Participants live and dine in a UNC campus dormitory, and work in classrooms and laboratories within UNC's newly expanded and equipped Ross Hall. Beyond its daily curriculum, FSI promotes personal and social growth by introducing participants to college life and community living. As a result of these experiences, FSI students build rich insights into today's science and technology and become aware of options for future STEM careers.


FSI is located on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley, CO, a small urban community of about 80,000.

Molecular Biology Pipette -- Viva Rase, UNC

Molecular Biology Pipette -- Viva Rase, UNC

Who May Apply?

Student's who have strong interest in, and aptitude for, science and are currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school.

How to Apply?

Field trip to the National Ecological Observatory

Field trip to the National Ecological Observatory

Complete and return a full application by the stated deadline. Application materials are sent to all in-state high schools and can be found on this site on the home page, "Frontiers of Science Institute", requested by letter, telephone or e-mail.


FSI begins the third week of June and concludes the fourth week of July. (Students may choose to take the 6-week course for college credit. A scholarship to attend UNC may also be awarded to students who select UNC as their higher education institution.)