The Environmental Science & Technology Institute

Want to learn about our natural surroundings to help the planet? Join us July 14th - July 22nd, 2023 @ The University of Vermont in Burlington, VT

"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.”

About the Environmental Science & Technology Institute

Ready to explore our natural world?

This summer, investigate what’s in our water and soil at the GIV Environmental Science & Technology Institute! You’ll collect environmental data from your own community and use UVM’s state-of-the-art facilities to analyze, interpret, and learn more about what is happening with your environment on a micro and macro level. What will you find out? What solutions will you propose?

For information regarding tuition, please click here.

July 14th – July 17th, 2023 Pre-Institute field orientation/sample collection
July 18th – July 22nd, 2023 @ The University of Vermont in Burlington, VT
We start out with a field orientation led by GIV staff near you, followed by field work in your own area, and online sessions to support that field work. You will arrive at UVM on July 18th after collecting your own environmental samples and remain on campus for the remainder of the Institute. We encourage carpooling to lessen our environmental impact. Contact GIV at [email protected] if you need help with transportation.

College credit available!

GIV students use syringes to test water.

At This Institute You Will

  • Explore local environmental issues, gathering lake, stream and soil data.
  • Combine outdoor field research with computing and laboratory technology.
  • Evaluate the distribution of pollutants in our air, water, and soil.
  • Learn the scientific method, collect environmental data, and present your work.
  • Identify academic and professional career paths for emerging scientists.
  • Make lifelong friends with peers who share your interests.
  • Have the time of your life!

Earn College Credit At This Institute!

Students may enroll for UVM college credit for this Institute using one of their Dual Enrollment vouchers for free tuition, or just pay the UVM tuition outright, if Dual Enrollment is not an option.

Please note that colleges charge extra tuition and fees on top of GIV tuition for granting credits, but students can utilize a Dual Enrollment voucher to fully cover the UVM tuition. The Dual Enrollment program guarantees free college tuition for most rising VT juniors and seniors, but does not cover an additional $40 comprehensive fee at UVM. To learn more about Dual Enrollment, click here.

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Dual Enrollment funds, by law, may not be used to pay GIV tuition, which is due separately.

If Dual Enrollment is not an option, students may also opt to enroll for college credit using UVM’s 50% tuition rate for academically advanced students. Families are responsible for the $40 comprehensive fee (plus the UVM 50% tuition) to obtain college credit. This tuition option is open to all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Applicants must be accepted to the Environmental Science & Technology Institute before enrolling at UVM.  Pre-registration for the 2023 UVM course will be available after April 15th, 2023 for all students (Dual Enrollment and 50% Tuition). 

Please pre-register for: Environmental Sciences: Governor’s Institute on EST, ENSC 095 Z1 (CRN: 61627), 4 Credit hours before your high school year ends.

Need more help enrolling at UVM? Contact the UVM Continuing and Distance Education team at [email protected] or 802-656-2085.

So how does it all work?

Every day is a unique experience filled with expert-led instruction, hands-on investigation, field trips, and immersive learning. We work to build a community around our experiences and share in our passion for everything we explore.

**The schedule is slightly different each year and announced when you arrive!

GIV’s supportive Institute structure is endlessly enriching, empowering, and engaging.

An Example of a Day at the Environmental Science and Technology Institute

Morning: Morning Workshops
Late Morning: Sample and Data Analysis
Afternoon: Field Trip
Late Afternoon: Guest Speaker/Presentations
Evening: Nightly Social Activity

Check out the vibe from Environmental Sciences & Technology 2022!

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!