Montana State University Wow! Fifty-one Montana high school seniors from across the state have been selected for their effort and potential as the inaugural class of #MontanaState's Hilleman Scholars Program, named after one of the state’s most influential, but least known, native sons.
Born on a farm in Miles City in 1919, Maurice Hilleman had been planning to go to work at a local department store in Miles City for a career when his brother told him that MSU – then Montana State College – offered scholarships. Hilleman applied, won a scholarship and graduated in 1941.
Over the course of the next 43 years, Hilleman became the world’s leading vaccinologist, developing more than 40 important vaccines for human and animal health. Of the 14 vaccines commonly given to children, Hilleman developed nine. Among them are vaccines for measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis and pneumonia. He spent the majority of his career at Merck & Co., which recently estimated his vaccines have been given to more than 750 million people worldwide.
The Hilleman Scholars come from more than 26 cities and towns across Montana that include many small towns in the state such as Circle, Chinook, Stanford, Valier, Conrad and Pinesdale. Congratulations! 19 hours ago - View Post
Montana State University Huge congratulations to Michael Ruiz, a graduate of #MontanaState's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, who has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship that he will use at Harvard University to study how cell and tissue mechanics impact the evolution of human bodies. The fellowship provides $34,000 a year for three years.
Ruiz, who is a first-generation college student, says that “MSU provided me with a forum, a space and a team to empower myself through education." Yesterday at 8:54am - View Post
Montana State University Congratulations to Mark Fiege, a historian known for his writing and thinking about the environment of the American West and the country’s national parks, who has been selected as the Wallace Stegner Endowed Chair in Western American Studies at #MontanaState.
“I am thrilled that we have been able to attract a scholar of Mark’s stature to MSU,” said Nic Rae, dean of the MSU College of Letters and Science, where the endowed chair is housed. “Mark’s appointment to the Stegner Chair in tandem with our new Western Lands and Peoples Initiative will establish MSU as a center of excellence for the study of the past, present and future of the North American West.” Monday at 8:38am - View Post