FSI is an intensive, six-week program that correlates closely to college in that it places the students in a residence hall, requires them to attend rigorous classes, and complete in-depth research in one of several science fields. Thirty scholars from various high schools across the state gather at the University of Northern Colorado campus. During the six weeks, the students attend seminars by professional research scientists, take classes, and conduct research culminating in a presentation given at the end of the program. In addition to the presentation, the students write a formal science paper, design a poster, and create a website (similar to this one). The students conduct collegiate level research in their primary scientific field of interest under the supervision and guidance of university professors and graduate students. They participate in industrial visitations and take a variety of educational field trips. Students are required to actively engage in demonstrative learning activities involving environmental education. Team-building, field-based instructional camping trips to the Black Hills of South Dakota and Swift Ponds help the students connect with their mentors and each other. Over the six weeks the students build a bond with each other, their mentors, and the R.A.s closely resembling a second family.
I am currently attending Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, CO. I have a high aptitude for science and plan on studying physics or chemistry in college. My other interests include playing disc golf, watching television, and hanging out with friends. I had always liked science but the most prominent reason ended up being the inspiration I found in my brother's project when he attended FSI in 2011. This project has sparked my interest in physics and just in science overall. Thinking of how far science has come and how far it will go is mind-boggling. If you have any questions about my website, the program, or this project feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.