UM Summer History Institute for High School Students

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We are excited to announce that the UM Summer History Institute for High School Students will be back in Summer 2024!

Applications for Summer 2024 will open in March! Please check back soon.

Would you like to be notified when our application becomes available? Or are you interested in receiving information about our program? Please consider filling out this form to indicate your interest in future institutes.


University of Montana Summer History Institute

U.S. Foreign Relations with Latin America: Sources and Perspectives


One Week: June 24th - June 28th, 2024

All day (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)


University of Montana Campus (with walkable field trips)


Students (Freshmen-Seniors) currently enrolled in Missoula-area high schools who love history, social studies, and the humanities!

The institute will be led by UM History Department Professors Dr. Jody Pavilack and Dr. Claire Arcenas and a UM History Graduate Teaching Assistant.

How Much?

No cost! Thanks to the generous support of UM History Donors, this institute is entirely free for participants. Lunch, snacks, and all required course materials will be provided. 

How to Apply

Applications for Summer 2024 will open soon. Please check back in March!

Additional Details

The University of Montana (UM) History Department is hosting our third annual week-long summer institute that introduces high school students from the Missoula area to the study of history and collegiate life at UM. The 2024 Summer institute will inspire students to pursue their passion for history and the humanities and help prepare them for successful college applications. It is directed by two faculty members in the UM History Department with help from a graduate teaching assistant.

The theme of this year’s institute is U.S. Foreign Relations with Latin America: Sources and Perspectives. Over the course of the week, students will explore U.S. relations with various Latin American countries in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on how different kinds of sources generate different interpretations and understandings. Students will gain an overview of U.S.- Latin American relations through a combination of in-class lectures, films, and discussions, and we will work as a class to produce a timeline of key events and developments. Students will then work in teams to carry out a hands-on research project about a specific episode in U.S.-Latin American relations, drawing on diverse digitized sources, including government documents, newspaper articles, pamphlets, letters, photographs, oral histories, and more. At the end of the week, students will share their research findings in a short presentation to faculty and family.

The 2024 institute will also feature guest speakers, informal Q&A sessions with current college students, walking tours, and visits to area libraries, archives, and museums!

Along the way, students will get a taste of college life at UM. Tours of the dormitories, University Center, Mansfield Library, Art Museum, Recreation Center, and other facilities will allow students to experience what it means to become a UM Grizzly.