The Department of Ecology announces available scholarships to current students each Fall semester, around the start of classes. Applications are submitted and reviewed by the appropriate parties, and recipients are announced in October at the Departmental BBQ / Potluck. For information on scholarships for the broader MSU student body, click here. See information below regarding the most recent Ecology Department Scholarships.

2016 AWARDS FOR ECOLOGY STUDENTS

The following students have been awarded scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. See below for a description of each scholarship and application requirements.

Kenneth D. Lorang Memorial Award
Nathaniel R. Bowersock - $500

Matthew F. Clow Memorial Award
Adeline Dutton - $2000
Eric A. Scholl - $2000

Jim Belsey Graduate Student Scholarship
Kurt C. Heim - $2400
Colleen Detjens - $2400

The Don C. Quimby Graduate Wildlife Research Scholarship
T. Daniel Ritter - $1500

Jim Patton Wildlife Management Scholarship
Kaitlin Macdonald - $1000

Jack Creek Preserve Wildlife Scholarship
Kelli Poole - $2500
Carly Sebastian - $500

Kevin Hurley Wild Sheep Biology Award
Kelli Poole - $2300

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Award
Niall Clancy - $2500
Cailey R. Philmon - $2500

John H. Rumely Award
Michael P. Simanonok - $2800

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Available 2016 Scholarship Awards, as of September 6, 2016:

The Ecology Department is pleased to announce the availability of 12 scholarship awards totaling $24,900 this year to recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.  All scholarships consist of a wall plaque and a monetary award that can be used to offset tuition and fees.  We encourage everyone qualified to apply for the recognition that these awards confer. 

Application Instructions:  Please review the criteria for each award and provide a separate application for each award. The application process for most awards are as follows. Each application should be prepared as a single .pdf file that includes the name of the award, your name and banner ID number, resume including current GPA, and a 1-page essay on why you are deserving of the specific award and how you would use it to further your education.  Please name your application file with a standard convention of award name, followed by a dash, followed by your last name (For example: Clow-Smith.doc, Belsey-Smith.doc, Lorang-Smith.doc).  Applicants for each of the awards are also allowed to submit one letter of support from a member of the MSU academic community, but supporting letters are not required. If a supporting letter is submitted, please have the letter author directly submit the letter using the same file naming convention as your application file with the addition of ‘Let’ at end of file name (For example: Clow-SmithLet.pdf). Applications can be sent to Bob Garrott (rgarrott@montana.edu) unless otherwise specified. Some awards have unique application processes that are described below.

Send applications to specified faculty reviewer no later than September 20. Awards will be announced at the Ecology Department BBQ/potluck that is scheduled for 6 October at the Lindley Center. The intent of the faculty is to recognize as many outstanding students as possible so we request that in your application you list all awards you have previously received as this will be taken into consideration when selecting recipients.

 

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Jack Creek Preserve Wildlife Scholarship -  This scholarship is sponsored by the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation. The Jack Creek Preserve Foundation is dedicated to conserving and protecting wildlife and its 4,500 acre habitat on the Jack Creek Preserve and the surrounding area of the Madison Range in southwestern Montana.  To learn more about the Jack Creek Preserve and Foundation please visit their website at: http://www.jackcreekpreserve.org. The recipient must 1) be a sophomore or junior enrolled in an MSU undergraduate program aimed at educating and training students for a career in natural resource conservation and management, 2) have completed at least two semesters at MSU and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, 3) have a strong interest in wildlife/fisheries habitat and conservation, 4) an appreciation of the role of hunters and hunting in wildlife conversation in North America,  and 5) have a commitment to a career in natural resource management. The 2016 award is $3000 applied toward tuition, fees, or other expenses.  The recipient may also apply for $1,000/year for up to two additional calendar years contingent on maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.  

The Selection Process:  Selection of the recipient of this scholarship will be made the individual providing the resources for the scholarship and the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program with consultation from the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation’s scholarship committee. Students who are graduates from Gallatin and Madison County, Montana high schools will be given special consideration. There is also an expectation that the recipient of this scholarship will participate in one of Jack Creek Preserve’s summer youth programs or provide some other service to the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation prior to completing their degree program.
Application Instructions
:  Please review the criteria for this award and provide an application prepared as a single MS Word file that includes the name of the award, your name and banner ID number, resume including current GPA, and an essay (2 -page maximum) discussing your educational plans, why conservation is important to you, your understanding of the role of hunters and hunting in wildlife conservation, why you are deserving of this award, and how you would use it to further your education. Please include in your application a list of all academic awards and scholarships you have previously received. Please also identify yourself if you are a graduate of a Gallatin or Madison County, Montana high school.  While financial need is not a requirement for this scholarship the selection committee would like to consider this when reviewing applications.

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Kevin Hurley Wild Sheep Biology Award – This award was established and endowed by The Wild Sheep Foundation in recognition of retired Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife manager, Kevin Hurley, for his exemplary accomplishments, tireless efforts, and contributions toward conservation and management of wild sheep in North America and beyond to recognize his dedication and commitment to wild sheep. The purpose of the student award is to support the development of the next generation of wildlife biologists and scientists devoted to the management and conservation of wild sheep.  Awards shall be made to students in the following order of preference:

1)      Graduate student(s) pursuing a course of study with emphasis on North American wild sheep and/or mountain goats;

2)      Upper-level undergraduate student(s) pursuing a course of study with emphasis on North American wild sheep and/or mountain goats; internships working on wild sheep and/or mountain goats would also be eligible for this award.

3)      Graduate or upper-level undergraduate student pursuing a course of study with emphasis on international mountain ungulates largely equivalent to North American wild sheep and/or mountain goats.

An award committee determines each year whether the award will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student.  The application process when the award will be given to a graduate student is the same as for the other graduate student scholarships described in this announcement.  In years that the award will be given to an undergraduate student, interested students should contact Kevin Hurley (KHurley@wildsheepfoundation.org) or Bob Garrott (rgarrott@montana.edu) to receive information on the procedures for developing an internship proposal in collaboration with a wildlife professional.  This year’s $2300 award will be given to an undergraduate student that has been selected for an internship with a Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks biologist. 

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation Award - The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, SVCF engages donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make their region and world better for all. 

This award is to enhance the learning experience of an undergraduate or graduate student in an Ecology Department degree who is either currently conducting research in trout ecology and/or cold water fisheries or would use the award to initiate their studies in trout ecology and/or cold water fisheries. The SVCF is offering two awards of $2,500 each to students who show initiative in conserving these Montana resources.

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Jim Belsey Graduate Student Scholarship - Jim Belsey was an avid trout angler and conservationist.  Jim established this award to support graduate students pursuing a degree in the Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program with research emphasizing coldwater fisheries.  The recipient must show evidence of a commitment to trout conservation.  There will be two awards in 2016 each for $2400 applied toward tuition and fees. 

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Jim Patton Wildlife Management Scholarship – Jim Patton served as Undersecretary at Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries from 1998-2004. Jim's mother and father's families were prominent pioneer residents of Deer Lodge Valley and Livingston, Montana, respectively. Both of Jim's parents and his maternal grandfather attended Montana State College. Jim and Carol are both graduates of Cornell University, and wish to honor his Montana heritage, recognizing the importance of the quality education provided by Montana State University. Recipients shall be students pursuing a Masters in the Fish & Wildlife Ecology and Management Program with wildlife ecology as their area of study; shall be citizens of the United States; and shall have a record of strong academic performance in the Program. The 2016 award is $1000 applied toward tuition and fees.

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John H. Rumely Award - The purpose of the John H. Rumely Award is to support the instructional, research and scholarly activities of the curricula traditionally known as Botany. Preference consideration is to provide graduate students opportunity to conduct field studies of native Montana plants.

$2,800 is available to an outstanding graduate student in any year of their studies on native Montana plants, to be used toward research equipment, analysis, or travel associated with field research or professional meetings dedicated to Botany research. Applications should be sent to Dr. David Roberts at droberts@montana.edu.

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Kenneth D. Lorang Memorial Award – Ken Lorang graduated with a MS degree in fish and wildlife management from MSU and was killed shortly thereafter in 1979 while conducting a waterfowl survey along the Marias River.  The award was established in his honor.  The recipient may be either a graduating senior accepted into the Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management graduate degree program or a current graduate student seeking an advanced degree in the Fish & Wildlife Ecology and Management with aspirations to become a wildlife manger.  The 2016 award is $500 applied toward tuition and fees.

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Matthew F. Clow Memorial Award - Matthew Clow was a graduate student who died in 1998 while conducting research on whirling disease and wild trout.  The award was established by his parents in his honor to recognize graduate students who share Matt’s love and commitment to wild trout and native fishes.  The recipient must be a graduate student enrolled in a M.S. or Ph.D. degree program engaged in, or about to be engaged in whirling disease, wild trout, or native fish research.  There will be two awards in 2016 each for $2000 applied toward tuition and fees. 

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The Don C. Quimby Graduate Wildlife Research Scholarship - This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Don C. Quimby, a biology teacher, student advisor and founder of the Wildlife Program with Montana State University’s Biology Department in 1948.  Dr. Quimby served as the head of that program until his retirement in Spring 1975.  In 1955 Wynn G. Freeman (Game Management Division Chief, Montana Fish and Game Department) and Dr. Quimby combined efforts to establish the Master of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Management as the entry level educational requirement for employment of game/wildlife biologists by that state agency.  Eligibility criteria include: 1) enrolled in MSU’s graduate school, seeking either a M.S. or Ph.D. in the Ecology Department, or a M.S. or Ph.D. with a Wildlife-Range Management project in the Animal and Range Sciences Department, 2) field research project focused on a free-ranging wildlife species within the state of Montana, 3) an ability to conduct independent research, 4) scholastic seriousness and intellectual honesty, 5) enthusiasm and willingness to work with fellow professionals and the public, 6) commitment to a career in wildlife management. The 2016 award is $1500 applied toward tuition and fees and/or research expenses.  If interested in being considered for this award please email Bob Garrott (rgarrott@montana.edu) for full application materials and instructions.

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