About the CSU Campus
The q-bio Summer School will be held at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Founded in 1870 under the Morrill Act of 1862, the Fort Collins CSU campus now enrolls 25,600 on-campus students.
The q-bio Summer School will be held in the new, Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building. This $75-million, 122,000-square-foot building, completed in Fall of 2013, houses office and lab space for about 40 faculty scientists from several departments and colleges; all engaged in Systems and Synthetic Biology, Bioanalytical Devices, and Biomedical Engineering. The building, which has been built to LEED Gold standards, also includes state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs, and small design studio computer labs where student teams will work on course projects.
Students at the q-bio Summer School in Fort Collins will be housed in the Academic Village Honors dormitories (a short, but pleasant walk from the school classrooms). Two lodging options are available: suite-style single and suite-style double. A description and floor plans for the dormitories are located here. Prices will depend upon room type.
Daily breakfast and lunch are included with the lodging fee and will be served at the Rams Horn at the Academic Village. This center features 8 different food venues including a Mongolian Grill, Tex-Mex station, pasta, deli, salad bar, and more.
On campus students will have access to the CSU recreation center located across the intramural fields from the dormitories. The Rec Center is home to the single largest strength training facility in the state. It also features two 38-foot-tall rock-climbing towers and a bouldering wall/cave, an aquatic center that boasts a 12-foot-tall climbing wall, lazy river and 35-person spa, two massage rooms, cardio-weight areas measuring over 24,000 square feet, four exercise studios and a three-lane indoor track.
CSU is in Fort Collins is located 65 miles (105km) north of Denver, and on the edge of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins is a midsize city of 150,000, which has frequently been ranked one of the best towns in the USA by numerous sources. Fort Collins is located along the Poudre river and has limitless outdoor opportunities for hiking, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, rock climbing, and bicycling. The city's thriving beer culture supports many fantastic microbreweries, including the New Belgium Brewing Company, the Odell Brewing Company, the Fort Collins Brewery, Equinox Brewing, Funkwerks, Anheuser-Busch, and several brewpubs. Fort Collins has an impressive selection of restaurants and quality fine arts programs, and the resources of Denver are just over an hour’s drive away.
A couple group weekend activities will be planned, but there is lots more to do:
- There is plenty to do right in Fort Collins. Check out the the Fort Collins Old Town a short walk from campus, and be sure to look up special events
- Check out a bicycle from the Fort Collins Bike Library and ride some of the 30+ miles of beautiful paved bike trails right in Fort Collins.
- Go for morning trail runs at Horsetooth Mountain, Lory State Park, or on one of the many other local trails.
- Go for a white water rafting adventure with one of several local Fort Collins rafting companies.
- Rent a fishing boat, ski boat, kayak, paddle board or wave runner at the Horsetooth Reservoir Marina just five miles from campus.
- Tour the New Belgium Brewery.
- Go to Rocky Mountain National Park to hike, climb, or just sit in a mountain meadow to watch the elk herds.
- Go to Denver to visit the many museums, zoo, theater, and much more.
- Catch a Colorado Rockies game at Coors field or a Colorado Rapids game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
- Take a weekend road trip to see Steamboat Hot-springs (3h,15min), Great Sand Dunes National Park (5hr), Arches and Canyonlands National Parks (7hr), or plan a post-school trip to Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks (8hr).