Montreat College launched the “MYLES of Science” field research program for North Carolina high school students last month, in partnership with the Millennial Youth-Led Expedition project (MYLE), the National Park Service, and Black Mountain Expeditions. The program, which is funded for three years by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, is just finishing up its first summer, having coordinated six week-long trips which introduced 42 students to science and data collection work in the great outdoors.

“It is an honor to have received this generous grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund to invigorate high school students’ interest in science,” said Dr. Dottie Shuman, grant administrator and Outdoor Education professor at Montreat College. “National Park Service employees have done an outstanding job in preparing students to collect data in various ecosystems of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

MYLES of Science was founded to increase high school students’ knowledge and enthusiasm for science and science careers by enabling them to conduct field research on the Appalachian Trail and in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. During each week-long expedition, participants spend two days learning data collection techniques from the park’s Appalachian Highlands Science and Learning Center. Students then spend three days collecting and analyzing scientific data before returning to Montreat’s campus to prepare presentations of their data, which will be of use to the park’s ongoing conservation efforts.

For more information on MYLES of Science, please email Program Director Blair Ogburn at