Schwanke Honors Institute




Schwanke Honors Institute Application

Limited space is still available in the 2022 Schwanke Honors Institute and the application deadline has been extended to Monday, May 2, 2022.  There is no fee to submit your application. 

Scholarship Application

Priority Scholarship Application deadline is Friday, April 1st, 2022. There is no fee to submit your application. 


For more information about Schwanke Honors Institute 2022, please see the video below. 

Who? High school students who are entering their sophomore, junior and senior year the fall of 2022 and are at least 16 years old, as well as seniors graduating spring 2022. 

What? An intensive, hands-on, transformational learning opportunity hosted by the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana. Students will live on campus for the duration of the program, engaging in classroom learning every morning and exploring the UM campus, Missoula, and the surrounding areas in the afternoons. The program also includes a weekend spent at the Flathead Lake Biological Station and in cabins at UM’s field station in the Lubrecht Experimental Forest.

Where? The University of Montana (Missoula, MT.), Flathead Lake Biological Station (Polson, Montana), and Lubrecht Forest facilities (Blackfoot Valley, northeast of Missoula, MT).

When? Sunday, June 12 - Friday, June 24, 2022

Why? Students will be exposed to all aspects of life as a UM student. Students from in-state and out-of-state will earn three college credits and have a choice from two environmentally-themed courses listed below. Accepted students will choose one of the courses to participate in for the two-week session.  

Cost: $2,000 (tuition, course fees, housing, all meals and program costs) Scholarships are available.  

Questions: Please feel free to reach out to Bethany Applegate, Director of Student Engagement in the Davidson Honors College, with questions:, 406-243-2537

Schwanke Course Descriptions


Creative Writing in the Environment

Western Montana is rich with sparkling rivers, magnificent lakes, and ponds. Creative Writing in the Environment offers the opportunity to explore these waters afield and through the written word. Students will focus on identifying their own home waters, be it stream, lake, pond, or ocean. What draws us to water, that most essential and entrancing of elements? What shapes, defines, and threatens our home waters? Students will interpret the theme of home waters through poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Read more about the course description and instructor.

Climate Science, Society, and Solutions

How will climate change shape the future? What are the opportunities and risks for human society? How can we anticipate and engage with solutions? These big topics are made local and personal as we study climate change on the natural and cultural landscape, consider new perspectives through interactive simulations, talk with local sustainability leaders, and work in teams to develop practical solutions. What, ultimately, does it mean to build hope and personal power in the face of climate change? Read more about the course description and instructor.