Undergraduate and Graduate Colloquium

"Enhancing Environmental Quality through Property Rights and Markets"

Co-Sponsored with Liberty Fund, Inc.

June 12 - 17, 2017

Bozeman, Montana

As a college student, you have immeasurable power to make a difference in preserving our natural resources. News and advertisements, for the most part, paint a dismal picture of the sustainable future of the environment and our natural resources. Aren't there laws and policies in place that guarantee the sustainability of wildlife, water, trees, and other resources? If this approach isn't working, what will?

PERC is pleased to announce a co-sponsored program with Liberty Fund, Inc. for distinguished undergraduate and graduate students. PERC will provide a full scholarship to cover tuition, meals, lodging, and a stipend of $500 for each student's travel expenses. The colloquium is limited to 24 students and the application process is competitive.

The program is designed to introduce students to a property rights and market approach to environmental issues. An understanding of these approaches will be invaluable to anyone who cares about the environment; particularly those who will choose career paths that include environmental law, environmental sciences, public policy, economics, and teaching.

A theoretical framework about liberty and markets will be presented. Experts in the field will then demonstrate applications. Click here to read the faculty bios.

This colloquium begins with an opening dinner on Tuesday evening and concludes with a closing dinner Saturday evening. The daily schedule consists of two sessions each morning and two sessions each afternoon. The colloquium is a combination of lectures and Socratic style discussions of assigned readings of about 300 pages that address specific themes. Click here to view the preliminary agenda. 

To apply:

  • Fill out the application online here.
  • You will receive immediate email confirmation that your application was received. If this is not the case, please check your spam filter.
  • Upload an unofficial copy of your college transcript  in a pdf format.
  • Upload a one-page essay detailing your reasons for wanting to attend this colloquium; your career plans; and how participation in the colloquium will advance your academic and career plans.
  • Request two letters of recommendation from your professors to be emailed in  a pdf format.