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SSI student observing layers of exposed mountain soils
Measuring soil layers
Dr. Francesca Cotrufo teaching in the field
Holding a soil sample
Lab work on soil samples
Tiled field

Summer Soil Institute

Colorado State University Link to the Summer Soil Institute gift page
Fort Collins, CO
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 virus situation we have cancel the SSI for 2021.

If you are in the process of completing your application, we will keep the application portal open so that you can finalize your document submission. Your application documents have been archived and we will roll them over to be used for next year’s Summer Soil Institute. We will consider your application (including scholarship applications) before we review and accept new applications. As soon as we have the dates set for SSI 2022, we will reach out to you to confirm that you are still interested and able to attend.

Gain an integrated perspective on soil ecology and biogeochemistry with world-renowned faculty to address critical questions using up-to-date field and laboratory analytical techniques and models. We will use an ecosystem approach to study grassland, agricultural and forest soils at the confluence of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.

The Summer Soil Institute is designed for a broad range of participants including graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, environmental professionals, faculty, and K-12 teachers. Read about our past participants experiences.

Tuition: Tuition is $2,250 for students, $3,000 for non-students (academic, NGO, federal, K-12 teachers) and $5,000 for corporate participants. A limited number of scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to partially support tuition costs.

Lodging: We have a block of rooms reserved at the Best Western University Inn, adjacent to the campus. The rates are as follows: room with 1 king bed is $70 per night + tax , and a room with 2 double beds is $79 per night + tax. If you share a room with another SSI participant, the split price for a room with 2 double beds is $39.50 + tax per night. If you choose to stay at the Best Western, indicate on your application by answering “Yes” to the question “Do you need accommodations?”. Upon acceptance, we will follow-up with additional information and gather the details needed to arrange your stay at the hotel. You are also welcome to stay elsewhere if you choose.

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2014 SSI group photo