What's New at Montana State University
As Montana's largest and fastest-growing university, Montana State is constantly striving to improve the quality of the student experience on campus. From research and academic projects to new academic and student facilities, check out some of the exciting progress we're making below.
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Zariah Tolamn, 2019 Truman Scholarship recipient
- 28 Goldwater scholarships
- 19 Fulbright Grants
- 8 Udall Scholarships
- 8 Boren Scholarships
- 7 Truman Scholarships
- 3 Rhodes Scholarships
- 2 Gates-Cambridge Scholarships
- 1 Marshall Scholarship
- 1 Mitchell Scholarship
- 1 Schwarzman Scholarship
In spring 2019, Ellen Brooks, Carter McIver, Brenden Pelkie, and Garrett Peters were selected as recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. This year’s scholarship brings MSU’s total numbers of Goldwater scholars to 74, making MSU one of the country’s top institutions in the number of scholarship recipients.
MSU student, Zariah Tolamn, who dreams of impacting health inequities in small towns like her hometown in Wyoming as well as in small communities across the globe has won a highly coveted 2019 Truman Scholarship.
MSU undergraduate, Kyle Alderman, has received a prestigious Udall Scholarship, putting him one step closer to his goal of developing renewable energy projects for the benefit of his southeast Montana community.
MSU’s research and contract expenditures from state, private and federal funding sources totaled $126.5 million, according to Vice President for Research and Economic Development Renee Reijo Pera. It marks the fifth year in a row that research expenditures at MSU have topped $100 million. Research takes place in 44 research centers and more than 300 on-campus labs around campus.
In total for the year, MSU researchers were awarded grants and other funding totaling $453.7 million.
MSU faculty Amy Trowbridge received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research tree chemistry, and its relation to climate change and bark beetle kill.
Faculty members submitted an all-time high number of grant proposals: 1,235 — up 6 percent over the prior year. And more faculty members than ever, 590, served as principal investigators or co-investigators on grant projects. In all, some 85 percent of MSU’s tenure-track faculty were involved in at least one grant-funded research project.
William Inskeep, professor of land resources and environmental sciences, discovered a new lineage of microbes living in Yellowstone National Park’s thermal features that sheds light on the origin of life on earth.
MSU polar scientist John Priscu contributed new research on how an abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple, distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade.
Connie B. Chang, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, received an National Institutes of Health Career Award for her work entitled “Understanding Spatial Heterogeneity in Biofilms Using Colloidal Engineering.”
Earth science professor Jordy Hendrikx and political scientist Jerry Johnson formed the White Heat project to understand why outdoor recreationists take risks in the backcountry that could cost them their lives— in the hopes of developing educational materials that will save lives.
Miller Dining Commons opened in 2015 after a $15 million renovation.
In the past decade, MSU has added over 4,000 students to campus. Along the way, we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in new and improved infrastructure to help improve the student experience. Residence hall renovations, classroom upgrades, additional parking spaces, and new academic buildings have all occurred within the past five years, raising the bar for quality of life on our Bozeman campus.
Along the way, MSU has dedicated itself to a sustainable future, with each new major building project since 2011 receiving at least LEED silver status, an international standard focusing on leadership
in energy and environmental design. MSU plans for each new building built on campus
to meet this standard moving forward.
Check out some of our most recent projects below, as well as what's slated for the future!
Milestones & Achievements
MSU researchers Jerry Johnson and Jordy Hendrix research why people take excessive risks in avalanche terrain.
MSU currently offers over 250 academic options to students, spanning eight major colleges. Ranging from Agriculture to Nursing, these programs are designed to prep students with fundamental knowledge, and allow them to test their strengths through hands-on learning opportunities.
As MSU continues to grow, our commitment to offering quality academic experiences
remains a top priority. We have added several major and minor program options within
the past few years, with more opportunities ahead.
Learn more about new opportunities in each of our academic colleges below!
- 7 experimental stations state-wide offer hands-on experience in Bozeman and around Montana
- Coursework is community-focused and prepares students through internships, networking socials and conferences
- The College of Agriculture had the largest share of the total with $35.6 million in expenditures, led by its departments of plant sciences, land resources and environmental science, and microbiology and immunology — which is also housed in the College of Letters and Science
- Awards more distinct scholarships than any other academic college at MSU
- Reported its 9th straight semester with increased enrollment in Fall of 2017
Arts & Architecture
- Programs are designed to prepare students with practical and critical skill sets
- Studio experiences begin in the first year of the program
- MSU’s BFA Graphic Design grads are offered jobs at the nation’s top advertising agencies, design firms and in-house design departments
- A new publication titled "The Artists" highlights female students in the arts and architecture fields
- Each spring semester the School of Art offers a program of study in Italy allowing students to participate in an intensive studio and art history experience
- MSU has over 15 different musical ensembles including MSU’s Spirit of the West Marching Band
- The Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship is one of only 5% of business schools globally to earn AACSB accreditation
- 100% of courses in the college are taught by faculty
- Focuses heavily on interdisciplinary educational opportunities, utilizing MSU's various academic colleges
- In the last year, College of Business graduates have found employment with companies such as Boeing, Google, and Blackstone
- Jabs Hall, an $18 million building made possible by an alumni donation, opened in 2015 providing a new home for the college
Education, Health & Human Development
- Students gain exposure to coursework in their major immediately, including
via teaching or research labs New academic options in Hospitality Management, Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 3rd Grade), and Gerontology are available
- Recently received a $1 million pledge for the Early Childhood Education program
- Education initiatives are leaders in the region, including teaching coursework on-site at Bozeman schools
- Elementary Education students graduate with 800 hours of field experience
- Boasting world-renowned faculty and alumni, the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering is one of MSU's most popular academic options
- Students are reporting 96% job placement upon graduation – among the highest of any field on campus
- MSU's pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is over 90% - 15% higher than the national average
- Named in February of 2018 in honor of alumnus Norm Asbjornson whose generosity made possible a new $50 million building which opened in December 2018
Letters & Sciences
- This college offers the largest number of programs on campus, with over 50 majors and 25 minors
- Receives over $20 million annually in research grants for faculty and student projects
- A team of students from the Model United Nations Club won top awards at the MUNFW conference in San Francisco
- Houses multiple professional and honorary student organizations on campus providing ample opportunities for community outreach
- Recently received a $570,000 donation for writing support for students and faculty
- Students are well-prepared with a STEM-heavy curriculum and report nearly 100% job placement after graduation
- Program includes an extensive clinical component where students are placed at one of five hospital locations across the state
- Nursing students are among the highest-paid graduates at MSU
- Now offers a one-year Accelerated Nursing (ABSN) program for post-baccalaureate candidates
- Students are competitive nationally on the NCLEX
- The Honors College provides opportunities for students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment
- Students have access to the amenities of a larger research university and the benefits of a small, liberal arts college, including smaller class sizes and seminar-based learning experiences
- All academic programs on campus can be paired with an Honors College degree
- Living Learning Communities for Honors students are available in multiple residence halls across campus