The mission of the Summer High School Institute is to provide a place where some the state's most intellectually talented sophomores could gather before their junior and senior years, live and study in an environment with no pressure for grades, and share ideas and friendship with other gifted students.
The primary purpose of the program is to draw talented high school sophomore students to the university for an intensive examination of unanswered questions and unresolved challenges. Among the areas that will be probed are: world hunger, plants and people, knights and cowboys, drama, ethics and society, communicating with computers, understand cultural development, pharmacy, and the links between life and the arts.
The goal is not to require student's to learn another body of knowledge and pass yet another test. It is, rather, to challenge imaginations, focus diverse disciplines on specific issues or problems, and integrate various individual talents into a larger perspective. In the process we hope: to help selected high school students achieve their academic and personal potential and cultivate their leadership capabilities; to expand the students' horizons, develop their adaptability, creativity, and critical thinking abilities, and to heighten their sensitivity to future possibilities for themselves, Wyoming and society; and to stimulate and reward excellence in Wyoming schools.