Montana State University

Peaks and Potentials

When: June 18-23, 2017
Location: Montana State University in Bozeman

Peaks is a fun, interactive and educational camp for high-potential kids entering grades 5, 6, and 7.


Sorry, registration is closed. Peaks 2017 is full.

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$389 (Tuition and Activity fee) plus a meal plan. (See below.)


Now in its 34rd summer, Peaks & Potentials gives high-ability, high-potential students the opportunity to come to the MSU campus and explore special topics of interest while working with experts in various subject areas.

Instructors are MSU faculty members, students and experienced professionals from the area. University students and professionals act as directors and counselors throughout the week.

Students have the option of staying overnight in the campus residence halls or commuting from home each day. All classes emphasize personal instruction, small group interaction and a "hands-on" experiential approach. Academic, recreational and social activities offer students a chance to interact with their peers and sample campus life.


Peaks & Potentials is June 18-23, 2017. Check-in, orientation (mandatory for all participants and first-year parents), and an ice cream social are Sunday, June 18, and all workshops and activities begin Monday, June 19. Resident students will need to be dropped off between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday and picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday.

Tuition and Activity Fee: $389

The tuition and activity fee includes workshop tuition, all group and evening activities, Sunday ice cream social and a Peaks & Potentials t-shirt.

Meal Plan

Resident Fee: $255

The resident fee includes cost of housing for one person in a double-occupancy dorm room for five nights and dorm supervision. The fee also includes five breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners in the residence hall cafeteria.

$644: Total cost for residents

Commuter Meals: $40 (5 lunches) or $80 (5 lunches + 4 dinners)

Students who are not staying in the residence halls choose one commuter meal plan: either five lunches, or five lunches and four dinners.

$469: Total cost for commuters with a lunch and dinner meal plan

$429: Total cost for commuters with a lunch meal plan

Breakfasts and individual dinners can be purchased each day on-site (cash only!): $7 per breakfast or $10 per dinner.

If local students leave campus for dinner, they are strongly encouraged to return for evening activities. There will be no refunds for students who do not participate in these activities.


All students participate in three separate workshops. Workshops fill on a first-come/first-served basis.

2017 Workshops:

  • Law
  • Creative Writing 101
  • Engineering the World . . . Civilly
  • Some Like it Hot! Exploring the Limits of Life on Earth
  • Science of the Invisible
  • Microscope Biology
  • Mysteries at the Museum: Behind the Scenes
  • Making Movies in 2017 -- Get Your Movies Out There!
  • eXtreme Gravity: Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
  • Cultivate Your Creativity: Problem Solving through Artistic Expression
  • Bug Juice to Blue Jeans: Renaissance-style Frescoes
  • What's Killing the Bees?
  • Water Breathing Explorations in Our Watershed
  • Electricity and Magnetism (E&M)
  • Yellowstone Lake and the Magma Beneath!
  • Exploring Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Pulpourri: An Adventure in Handmade Papermaking

See all descriptions.

Workshop Maximum/Minimum Enrollments

All workshops have a maximum enrollment of 15 and a minimum enrollment of 12; every effort will be made to place participants in their first choices, but all workshops fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If minimum enrollments are not met, the workshop will be canceled and participants will be placed in one of their subsequent choices.

Residence Halls and Meals

Students will be housed in the North Hedges Residence Hall on the MSU campus and will eat all meals at the Miller Dining Hall on campus.

Deposit and Refund Policy

A non-refundable deposit of $50 per participant is required to reserve a spot. The balance is due May 26. Cancellations prior to that date will receive a refund minus the $50 deposit. No refunds will be given after May 26. A social security number is required to process a refund.


Brochure (PDF)

For More Information

E-mail Nicole Soll at or call (406) 994-6550 or (866) 540-5660 (toll free).