High School Students

UMSummer Institute

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The UMSummer Institute (SI) invites high school students (entering their sophomore, junior and senior year starting the fall of 2020) to UM for an intensive, hands-on transformational learning opportunity with our faculty in a live-in shared two week experience. They will engage in the classroom during the day and in meaningful social activities in the evenings and during the weekend. Students will be exposed to all aspects of life as a UM student. Out-of-state and in-state high school students can earn three college credits and have a choice from six course listings. The courses were chosen by UM’s Communities of Excellence and can be found below. Students will choose one course to participate in for the two week duration. For more information, please contact Dr. Grace Gardner, Director of UMSummer at 406-243-5658 or umsummer@mso.umt.edu


Course Name: BMGT 191 Entrepreneurship Intensive

Community of Excellence: Business and Entrepreneurship 

College: College of BusinessDepartment of Management and Marketing and the Blackstone Launchpad

Course Description: This hands-on two-week workshop introduces students to the concepts, tools and practices of business and entrepreneurship – from startups to small or local businesses to global corporations. Students will learn the basics of strategy and business models, marketing & sales, finance & accounting, management information systems and talent management through hands-on workshops, guest speakers and visits to local businesses. Students will apply what they learn to the development of a new business idea or exploring a business opportunity or challenge for an existing business.

InstructorPaul Gladen


Course Name: JRNL 291 Outdoor Adventure/Mini Documentary Film 

Community of Excellence: Communication and Artistic Expression

College: College of the Arts and MediaSchool of Journalism

Course Description: This hands-on two-week workshop introduces students to the tools, techniques, and craft of shooting, editing and producing short outdoor films. Students will learn the basics of lighting, directing, sound, cinematography, editing and storytelling during lectures, hands-on workshops and field sessions. Students will apply what they learn by creating short two-minute outdoor films which will be screened and critiqued at the end of the session.

Instructor: Jeremy Lurgio


Course Name: PTRM 141Y National Parks

Community of Excellence: Environment and Sustainability 

College: College of ForestryDepartment of Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management

Course Description: This course introduces students to contemporary issues in managing the places and programs that make up the U.S. national park system. Students will learn about the variety of resources, values, viewpoints, and ideas that are represented in the more than 400 units of the national park system, which stretches from Guam to Maine and Alaska to the Virgin Islands. The role of the federal agency in charge of the parks, the National Park Service (NPS), will be explored, including its work in community recreation and historic preservation. Particular attention will be given to the social, cultural and historical context of how the National Park Service was developed and evolved. 

Instructor: Elena Bigart


Course Name: COUN 195 Art and Science of Happiness

Community of Excellence: Health and Human Development

College: College of EducationDepartment of Counseling 

Course DescriptionOver the past 20 years, research on happiness has flourished. Due to the natural interest that most Americans have for happiness, research findings (and unfounded rumors) have been widely distributed worldwide. Every day, happiness is promoted via online blogs, newspaper and magazine articles, Twitter posts, Instagram videos, TikTok, and through many other media and social media venues. Ironically, instead of increases in national happiness, most epidemiological research indicates that all across the U.S., children, adolescents, adults, and seniors are experiencing less happiness, more depression, and higher suicide rates. To help sort out scientific reality from unsubstantiated rumors, in this two-week course, we will describe, discuss, and experience the art and science of happiness. What this means is that we will define happiness, read a popular happiness book, examine scientific research studies, try out research experiments in class, engage in extended happiness lab assignments, and use published instruments to measure our own happiness and well-being. Overall, we will focus on how happiness and well-being are manifest in the physical, cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, spiritual, behavioral, and contextual/cultural dimensions of our lives. 

Instructor: Daniel Salois 


Course Name: CSCI 191: Programming for Problem Solving

Community of Excellence: Science and Technology course

College: College of Humanities and SciencesDepartment of Computer Science

Course Description: This two-week summer course introduces students to the fundamentals of computer programming. Ideal for students who love science, math, and computation, the course includes hands-on programming activities with Raspberry Pis, drones, weather stations and smart tech devices.  Students will develop/strengthen one of their most important life skills: problem solving.

Instructor: Patricia Duce


Course Name: EDU 195 Understanding Justice and Social Equity in Education through Music and Movies

Community of Excellence: Justice, Policy, and Public Service course

College: College of EducationDepartment of Teaching and Learning

Course DescriptionThis course will use music and movies from the past and present to investigate issues related to justice and social equity in education.  Students will explore questions and issues through three central lenses:  interpretive, critical, and normative.  Using music and movies as means for exploration and understanding, students will interpret educational issues, view problems shaped by political and social forces critically, and ask what we – as students and democratic citizens – ought to do about such issues.  Students will demonstrate and apply what they learn about justice and social equity in education by developing a podcast, digital short, or StoryCorp that will be screened at the conclusion of the session.  

Instructor: Charity Atteberry


Other Details: 

Dates: June 14th- June 27th

Institute Description: The UMSummer Institute includes an intensive and intimate experience in a classroom, laboratory or field setting with an engaging faculty member and undergraduate student leader. The curriculum is designed to produce a paper, a product, poster, video, presentation or a production at the culmination of the institute. The engagement also will contain lecture, hands-on and off-site homework and research components to give the student a 360-degree view of a real college class. The experience will also partner with Missoula businesses for service learning. Due to the intensive nature of the UMSummer Institute this is a live in residence program only. 

Eligibility: The UMSummer Institute invites entering sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school to apply. The UMSummer Institute is limited to 20 students in each course.

Application Deadline: April 15th

Housing: Institute participants will stay in on campus housing in the Residence Halls (Knowles Hall) during this time.

UM Official Credits: 3

Cost: $1800 (tuition, fees, room and board, all meals, and program cost) 

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Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Institute: Prep for College and Beyond

Offered in conjunction with the UMSummer Institutes program, the Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Institute is facilitated by the Davidson Honors College at UM and provides high school students and incoming college freshman the chance to explore university life and academics through an immersive, two-week classroom and field-based program. Students have a choice between two honors courses:

“HONR 191 – Creative Writing in the Environment” or “HONR 191 – Climate Science, Society, and Solutions”. Similar to the UMSummer Institute experience, Schwanke Honors Institute students are housed on campus in a University residence hall. Students spend their mornings engaged in academic coursework and their afternoons taking advantage of college readiness workshops and local field trips. Additionally, Schwanke Honors Institute students will embark on a 3-day excursion to Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Reservation in Northwest Montana for an immersive study of the environment and sustainability. Scholarship funding is available for the Schwanke Honors Institute.

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For more information please visit the Schwanke Honors Institute page.