Online Application: 

This is the application for the course at MSU during  Summer 2024. Please fill out the application with complete and accurate information. If you have any questions please contact us. 

Trails to Research
Montana State University
529 Leon Johnson Hall 
Bozeman, MT 59717-1234

Christa Merzdorf
406-954-5456 (office landline)

[email protected]



Trails to Research applications are due April 1st, 2024


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Contact Information
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Personal Information
please fill in your major
In addition to checking this box, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Christa Merzdorf: [email protected] 406-994-5645 (office landline)
Housing at MSU

Housing: Housing will be in the MSU dorms from Sunday until Friday or Saturday (5 or 6 nights). It is not possible to provide family housing for one week. Thus, please expect to make your own arrangements for your children back home (or in Bozeman, should you have family or friends).

MSU Required Safety & Security Information

NOTE: Answering “Yes” to any of these questions will not automatically prevent admission, but you will be asked by the university to provide additional information. This information will be reviewed by a campus committee to ensure campus safety. Any falsification or omission of data may result in a denial of admission or dismissal.

Please elaborate in this box if you selected other areas of interest
if you checked the box above to see an advisor please indicate for which major.
Applicants from outside Montana
If you are applying from out of state, please provide us with the contact information of an advisor, instructor, administrator or someone else from your college with whom we can make arrangements for your travel.
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Course Prep

 As part of this course, you will be studying the development of zebrafish embryos as a model for human health and also as an indicator of environmental health (an embryo is a developing organism after fertilization. A human embryo develops into a fetus.)

Substances in the environment affect the development of animals and humans alike. When a woman is pregnant, the substances she consumes and comes in contact with can affect human development.  Since we cannot treat and observe human embryos, we will use zebrafish embryos instead and observe the effects of treatments of your choice on their development.  

Thus, we ask you to provide us with ideas for treatments of the zebrafish embryos. In the space below, please list one or more ideas of any substances you would be interested in testing, whether they affect the development of fish embryos. 

There is a NO cell phone policy for this course, when we are in the lab we will limit the use of cell phone to the afternoon of day 2 to act as a calculator. During the remainder of the course due to chemicals and liquids, cellphones must be put away in bags and pockets until the course finishes for the day.
Please remember to submit your transcript after completing and submitting this form.