Want to help save the planet?

Applications for the 2022 Environmental Science Institute are now closed. Click the “Summer 2022 Info” button to learn more.

July 8th - July 16th at The University of Vermont

"A high school class can teach you about science, but GIV makes it possible for teens to work with teachers who are the best in their fields, while gaining hands-on knowledge working in state-of-the-art labs. These opportunities to truly experience science give students a chance to apply their interests in real-world situations, and the occasion to work together as a team for a common good.”

New for Summer 2022!

This year, the Environmental Science & Technology program will use a hybrid online/in-person model!

Kick things off with an in-person skills workshop near you: ESAT staff will meet you in Manchester, Norwich, Craftsbury or Burlington (depending on where you live) for a half day on July 8th.

From there, you’ll spend the next three days learning in your own community. We’ll give you tools for local environmental sampling and provide online programming throughout the day.

Once you’ve finished collecting data, you’ll hop on an ESAT shuttle bus and move to UVM for your on-campus residency. There, you’ll spend the next four days analyzing your samples, engaging with UVM Environmental Scientists, and working with your ESAT peers!

About the Environmental Science & Technology Institute

You’re the specialist collecting, analyzing, and interpreting environmental data from local communities using professional-grade laboratory and field instrumentation. What’s in our air, water, and soil and what are the potential impacts for public health and our environment?

Your environmental detective work will focus on air, water, and soil pollutants. You will get hands-on experience with specialized scientific equipment, work alongside environmental professionals, and talk with world-renowned scientists. For a week, you will see Vermont through the eyes of a professional researcher. During eSAT career night, you will talk to a broad range of scientists – allowing you to explore a variety of career options.

At This Institute You Will

  • Work on real community environmental issues gathering lake, stream or soil data that can have an impact on Vermont’s environmental policy.
  • Combine outdoor field research with computing and laboratory technology to evaluate the distribution of pollutants.
  • Learn the scientific method, collect environmental data, and present your work to the community.
  • Make friends with other Vermont high school students with similar interests.
  • Explore academic and professional career paths for emerging scientists.

For information regarding tuition, please click here.

Earn College Credit This Summer

Students may enroll for UVM college credit for this Institute using one of their Dual Enrollment vouchers. Please note that colleges charge an extra fee on top of GIV tuition for granting credits, but most students can utilize a Dual Enrollment voucher to fully cover that fee. The Dual Enrollment program guarantees free college credits for VT juniors and seniors, but can be participated in by all high school students for a fee of $10/credit. To learn more, click here. Dual Enrollment funds by law may not be used to pay GIV tuition, which is due separately.

Students may also opt to enroll using UVM’s 50% tuition rate for academically advanced students. Families are responsible for a $40 comprehensive fee (plus any UVM tuition fees if not using a voucher) to obtain college credit. Contact UVM Continuing and Distance Education to sign up by July 1, 2021 (must be accepted to the Environmental Science & Technology Institute first) or with questions regarding obtaining college credit for this Institute:  802-656-2085 or [email protected].

Environmental Sciences & Technology Faculty

Christine Massey is a Researcher in the Geology Department at the University of Vermont and holds a BA and MS in Geology. She works at the Perkins Museum of Geology on grant-funded initiatives and facilitates science education for students and teachers in Vermont. Her projects include: 1) The Landscape Change Program where she helps coordinate a large historic photograph collection of Vermont landscapes, helps understand how students learn using images, and works with K-12 teachers to develop curriculum using images, 2) Directing the Governor’s Institute in Environmental Science and Technology for capable and motivated Vermont high school students, 3) Directing the Perkins Museum Environmental Science Day Camp for children in grades 1-7, and 4) Coordinating the creation of educational vignettes for a new textbook in Geomorphology.  Christine lives in Burlington, VT with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys cross-country skiing and baking pies.

Paul Bierman is a professor of Geology at UVM, where he engages people of all ages in the study of how Earth’s surface works. For almost 20 years, he’s done research in Vermont and many other places around the world including far northern Canada, Greenland, central Australia, southern Africa, the Middle East, and the American southwest. His latest project uses historic imagery to document the impact of people on Vermont landscapes and the impact of landscape events on Vermont people and societies.  Paul earned his BA from Williams College in 1985 and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington, the latter in 1993. He has been at UVM ever since, with appointments in Geology and the School of Natural Resources.  In 2005, Paul was awarded one of the National Science Foundation’s highest honors: the Director’s award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. This award now supports the Vermont Landscape Change Program, a digital archive of historic imagery.

If You Are Ready to Start Making an Impact on Your Environment and the World Then This Is the Institute for You.