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Congratulations go out to Colin & Colter Norick for receiving Grand Award First Place Team honors at the 2014 Montana State Science Fair held at the University of Montana!

Next stop -- the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in LA in May!

BioScience Montana is a year-long, highly immersive science project offered through Montana State University to 4-H students in grades 8-11. Developed as a partnership between Extended University, several science departments, and the Montana Center for 4-H Youth Development, BioScience Montana will introduce students to hands-on science research projects through three modules.
August Week

The year-long program begins in August when students spend an immersive week on the MSU-Bozeman campus, studying alongside faculty and students while gaining on-campus, lab-based experiences.


BioScience Montana is comprised of three science experiences over the course of a year. Neuroscience focuses on how the brain senses the world around us. Infectious Disease concentrates on how humans and animals spread diseases. Metabolomics shows student how nutrition and health are connected.


Participants will work with scientists and college-level mentors on science and research projects, learn about interesting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers to pursue, discuss current topics that relate to science and health, and explore and develop digital media and social networking technologies.

Dr. John Miller

Get to know program scientist
Dr. John Miller from the Montana State University Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience. Discover what drew him to the field of Neuroscience, and learn more about his research interests and education background.

Dr. Jovanka Voyich

Meet program scientist
Dr. Jovanka Voyich from the Montana State University Department of Immunology & Infectious Disease. Find out why she chose the field of Infectious Disease, and learn more about her education background and research interests.

Dr. Ed Dratz

Get to know program scientist
Dr. Ed Dratz from the Montana State University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Discover what drew him to the field of Metabolomics, and learn more about his research interests and education background.


How does BioScience Montana work?

BioScience Montana is comprised of three science experiences over the course of a year, with experiments, hands-on exploration, video conferences, online discussions, and technology development occurring throughout the year. Participants, in teams of four plus an adult 4-H leader, will come to the MSU campus in Bozeman for 5 days during August and one overnight weekend trip in January for on-campus lab-based experiences as well as assignments they will continue to work on when they return to their communities. Assignments will be largely team-based, and will enable participants to explore the ups and downs, and successes and failures that real scientists encounter every day. Participants will also spend time with cool, energetic, and fun Career and Life student mentors and Science Assistants who will help them throughout the entire project and give them a sense of what it’s like to be a college student.

BioScience Montana in the news!

Carlsons Teens in MSU outreach project win Montana’s top science fair prize

2013-14 BioScience Montana participants Colin and Colter Norick have won Montana’s top science fair prize with the research project they developed through BioScience Montana. The brothers presented their work on “The Correlation between Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) Levels and Cognitive Function in Healthy Teens” at the 2014 Montana State Science Fair held at the University of Montana in March. They won numerous awards, including, the Grand Award First Place Team, UM College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences first place, and the Mu Alpha Theta Award for the most challenging, original, thorough and creative investigation of a problem. Read the full article in the MSU News.

CarlsonsSisters' research on bacteria in horses' noses takes second at state science fair

Elizabeth and Emma Carlson, two of 29 participants in the 2012-2013 BioScience Montana program, have taken their research to a new level. Read about how the research project they conducted as part of the BioScience Montana program has given them even more opportunities! Read the full article in the Helena Independent Record.

Learn more about BioScience Montana!

Check out this quick preview of the program.

Who can participate?

BioScience Montana is for 4-H members in grades 8-11. If youth are interested but not already in 4-H, they can easily join by contacting their county MSU Extension Office and inquiring about BioScience Montana. Youth will participate as part of 4 person team and have a 4-H adult leader for guidance and coaching. Contact Stephanie Davison at the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development at MSU if you're interested in participating in next year's program!

Download the application for BioScience Montana 2014-2015! New

Download and complete either the full team application (Word doc) OR the youth AND leader applications (PDF docs).

Word Document -- Youth & Leader
2014-2015 Full Team Application | 43 kb DOC

PDF Fill-in Forms
2014-2015 Youth Application | 516 kb PDF
2014-2015 Leader Application | 550 kb PDF


Where are 2013-2014 BioScience Montana particpants from?   

This year's participants are from fourteen cities across Montana, covering none Montana counties
in northwestern, south central, central and southeastern Montana.

View Bioscience Montana 2013-14Teams in a larger map!

Here's a map of the team from the 2012-13 season. Participants
were from eleven cities across Montana, covering seven Montana
counties in Central and Western Montana.

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Bioscience Montana is made possible by Science Edcuation Partnership Award (SEPA) funding from the National Institues of Health (NIH).

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