BioScience Materials Available!


Experience the immersive hands-on science and research projects of BioScience Montana! The Neuroscience Module explores the brain, nervous and visual systems and examines how we store information as memories. The Metabolomics Module (think food metabolism) explores nutrition, how our bodies process what we eat and how food choices affect the quality of human cells. The Infectious Diseases-Bacteria Module gives an introduction to bacteria and their role in illness, bacteria’s structure, the way they reproduce, how they cause infection, and the role of antibiotics in fighting bacteria. The three learning modules are available in hard copy format or PDF.

HARD COPIES are available for $10/module through MSU Extension.


PDF COPIES of each manual are available upon request at no cost. Please contact and we'll email the PDF(s) to you. Be sure to specify which manual(s) you'd like -- neuroscience, infectious disease, and/or metabolomics.

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How does BioScience Montana work?

BioScience Montana was comprised of three science experiences over the course of a year, with experiments, hands-on exploration, video conferences, online discussions, and technology development occurring throughout the year. Participants, in teams of four plus an adult 4-H leader, came to the MSU campus in Bozeman for 5 days during August and one overnight weekend trip in January for on-campus lab-based experiences and assignments. They continued to work on those assignments when they returne to their communities while staying in touch with MSU faculty and mentors via online technologies. Assignments were largely team-based, and enabled participants to explore the ups and downs, and successes and failures that real scientists encounter every day. Participants also spent time with cool, energetic, and fun career and life student mentors and science assistants who helped them throughout the entire project and gave them a sense of what it’s like to be a college student.

BioScience Montana in the news!



BioScience Montana Featured in Confluence Magazine

BioScience Montana featured in Confluence Magazine

The 2014-15 issue of Confluence, a publication from the College of Letters & Science at MSU, features a great article on BioScience Montana! And, it's right up front on page four! It also highlights the work of a couple of BioScience alumni and their success at the state science fair. An electronic version of this publication is available to download.

Teens in MSU outreach project win Montana’s top science fair prize

Teens in MSU outreach project win Montana’s top science fair prize

2013-14 BioScience Montana participants Colin and Colter Norick have won Montana’s top science fair prize with the research project they developed through BioScience Montana. The brothers presented their work on “The Correlation between Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) Levels and Cognitive Function in Healthy Teens” at the 2014 Montana State Science Fair held at the University of Montana in March. They won numerous awards, including, the Grand Award First Place Team, UM College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences first place, and the Mu Alpha Theta Award for the most challenging, original, thorough and creative investigation of a problem. 

Sisters' research on bacteria in horses' noses takes second at state science fair

Sisters' research on bacteria in horses' noses takes second at state science fair

Elizabeth and Emma Carlson, two of 29 participants in the 2012-2013 BioScience Montana program, have taken their research to a new level. Read about how the research project they conducted as part of the BioScience Montana program has given them even more opportunities! 


Where were BioScience Montana particpants from? 


Participants in BioScience Montana were 4-H members in grades 8-11. Youth participated as part of four-person teams and had a 4-H adult leader for guidance and coaching.


Participant map 2015-16

2015-16 participants were from 12 cities across Montana, covering six Montana counties in northwestern, western, southwestern and southeastern Montana.

Participant map 2014-15

Here's a map of the team from the 2014-15 season. Participants were from ten cities across Montana, covering six Montana counties in northwestern, western, central and southeastern Montana.

Participant map 2013-14

Here's a map of the team from the 2013-14 season. Participants were from 14 cities across Montana, covering nine Montana counties in northwestern, southwestern, western, central and southeastern Montana.

Participant map 2012-13
Here's a map of the team from the 2012-13 season. Participants were from eleven cities across Montana, covering seven Montana counties in Central and Western Montana.



Bioscience Montana is made possible by Science Edcuation Partnership Award (SEPA) funding from the National Institues of Health (NIH).

NIH . . . Turning Discovery Into Health



Academic Technology and Outreach
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173860
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860

Tel: (406) 994-6550
Fax: (406) 994-7856
Location: 128 Barnard Hall

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