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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (12-16) and one overnight weekend trip in January (20-21) 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!
Sisters' 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.
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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 Todd Kesner 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!
Download and complete either the full team application (Word doc) OR the youth AND leader applications (PDF docs).