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About Our Program

The Monte Vista Science Seminar Program is committed to providing all research students with the essential training, funding, and strong encouragement and support to achieve their research and educational goals!  We are proud of our long-standing tradition of excellence in STEM, and we hope that students who complete our program obtain a wide array of research, writing, and presentation skills, as well as increased responsibility, resiliency, and confidence that will prepare them for great success in higher education, vocational fields, or the workforce.

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The program is led by Science Seminar instructor and research biologist Loree' A. Harvey, who's biography and background you can read here.  Ms. Harvey has been sponsoring research students in the Monte Vista School District since 2005, and has led the Science Seminar program at the high school since the 2014-15 school year.

Our goal is to remove as many barriers to good science as possible for students by offering Science Seminar as a year-long advanced Science credit, as well as offering the course at all periods of the day (including "9th" hour) to accommodate the busy schedules of students.  Please swing by to talk about how we can start your journey as a student researcher!

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National Geographic Science Fair Documentary

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Science Fair: The Series

SCIENCE FAIR: THE SERIES showcases students working to solve the world’s most complex and pressing issues using science while competing for a coveted spot at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the most competitive science fair on the planet.  It’s an inspiring, character-driven, coming-of-age story played out on a global stage where students push themselves to the limit but never miss an opportunity to uplift one another.

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Monte Vista High School students were very fortunate to be showcased in this National Geographic Series, and we hope that watching our students overcome the challenges of doing great science in a rural, underfunded area inspires students across the world to think big, ask questions, conduct research, and see where your dreams and motivation can take you!!

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Current Student Projects

Logan Futrell - 2023-24 (1)
Ernesto Ochoa-Marquez - 2023-24
Valerie Goodland - 2023-24 (2)
Jordan Rockey - 2023-24
Gus Miller - 2023-24
Asia Alarid & Manuel Ochoa - 2023-24 (1)
Will Walker - 2023-24

Thank You To Our Donors

Loree' A. Harvey

Gary and Jerene Wilkinson

Cliff Pearcy

How to Donate

The Monte Vista Student Research program welcomes financial donations from supporters.  Your funds go directly to a dedicated account used solely for supplies and expenses for student researchers in our program.  You may send a check payable to "Monte Vista High School Science Seminar Program" and mail it to Monte Vista High School, care of Loree' Harvey, 295 East Prospect Avenue, Monte Vista, CO 81144.  A receipt will be mailed back to you for tax deduction use.

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How It All Started

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The Monte Vista High School Science Seminar student research program began in 1981 with retired Chemistry teacher and former School Board President, Mr. Gary Wilkinson.  Gary worked tirelessly for over 33 years to guide and support students in their research endeavors and established the proud and long-standing tradition of excellence in STEM that the Monte Vista School District continues to nurture today.  Under Gary's tutelage, 128 students have competed at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, and 45 of those have been selected as Finalists for the International Science and Engineering Fair.  Thank you Gary for your amazing dedication and contributions to the pursuit of science in the Monte Vista District!

Competition Archive Results

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