Cailin at Montana State University’s Department of Animal and Range Science


Student presentations at the Wilkinson Public Library Thursday evening

Cailin at  Montana State University’s Department of Animal and Range Science

Cailin at Montana State University’s Department of Animal and Range Science

Though winter is just around the corner, most students are still relishing their all too brief summer break. And a select few are savoring the very special memory of warm months spent working alongside innovative scientists in foreign countries as participants in the Pinhead Institute’s Summer Intern Program.

Founded in 2003, the ambitious initiative offers special young people an opportunity to explore their world in-depth. Away from a conventional classroom setting, they gain practical skills and experience under the guidance of internationally renowned scientific and industry leaders, researchers from leading universities and institutions across the globe, all of whom are passionate about pursuits to which they have dedicated their lives. Those opportunities are not available in the regional high schools – Nucla, Norwood, Telluride, Ridgway, and Ouray – and the experiences often prove to be life changing. Since the inception of this extraordinary program, Pinhead has placed nearly 50 students all over the globe to study biodiversity, chemistry, veterinary sciences, neurobiology, genetics, climate change, and more.

This Thursday, November 15, 6 – 8 p.m., at the Wilkinson Public Library, Pinhead is proud to host an evening of student presentations. The event allows friends, family and community members to learn more about the extraordinary educational opportunities experienced this past summer by our 2012 crop of  interns. Daniel Degenhardt (Ouray High School), Cailin Goldstrom (Ridgway High School), Jessie Hild (Telluride High School), MaKaela Vodopich (Nucla High School), Marissa Padgett (Norwood High School), and Gina Distefano (Telluride High School) got to work at amazing institutions, including though not limited tothe University of California Santa Barbara’s Buratto Lab, Montana State University’s Department of Animal and Range Science, MIT’s Gabrieli Lab (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and the University of Denver’s Genetic Laboratories.

We want to emphasize that this is a particularly great evening for students who may be interested in applying for our Summer 2013 program as well as for their parents, because everyone gets to learn all about Pinhead’s internships directly from those who experienced the magic.

And the evening is free to the public.

Can’t attend but curious to learn more about our interns themselves and further details about the program? Visit us today at or call Pinhead at 970.708.7441.

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