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MSU Advisor Newsletter Spring 2010


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Greetings from a beautiful spring day in Bozeman, Montana where we are enjoying warm weather and sunshine with snow still on the mountaintops!  Students have approximately a month left before graduation and are soon to get busy with finals.  Deadlines for fall application are rapidly approaching so please take note of the information below.  Enjoy this spring’s newsletter!

Deadlines and Details for Fall 2010 Applications

With spring semester wrapping up soon it is time to encourage all of the students you are working with interested in Fall semester 2010 to apply NOW!  The deadline for undergraduate applicants is May 15th and for graduate applicants is May 1st.  Please note that this is the final deadline for graduate applicants and that most are considered well before that deadline.  Please encourage any students you are working with to get their applications in early in order to avoid delays!

Both undergraduate and graduate applications are available online for easy download or submission and payment at:

Undergraduate -

Graduate -

Clear instructions accompany the online application detailing documents that should be sent in order to complete the process.  Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with questions or concerns regarding application procedures! 


Don't Forget About the SAT Achievement Scholarship Awards

Montana State University will offer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to non-resident freshmen who apply for admission for the fall of 2010. 

To be eligible, freshman applicants must complete the following as soon as possible:

  1. Apply for admission to Montana State University -
  2. Have their official ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University directly from the testing company. The ACT MSU school code is 2420. The SAT MSU school code is 4488.

It is essential to apply for admission and have their ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University as soon as possible. These scholarships and awards may only be available for a limited time.

If students qualify, these scholarships will be automatically awarded when we have received their application and ACT and/or SAT test scores.

If you would like a printable version to post or hand out please visit the website at:

Here is what undergraduate freshmen may qualify for:

Your ACT
Test Score

Your SAT
Test Score

Amount You May Be Awarded


33 and higher

2140 and higher

$60,000 Achievement Award ($15,000 per year renewable for 4 years)


29 to 32

1920 to 2130

$30,000 Achievement Award ($7,500 per year renewable for 4 years)



1860 to 1910

$24,000 Achievement Award ($6,000 per year renewable for 4 years)



1800 to 1850

$20,000 Achievement Award ($5,000 per year renewable for 4 years)



1740 to 1790

$16,000 Achievement Award ($4,000 per year renewable for 4 years)



1680 to 1730

$12,000 Achievement Award ($3,000 per year renewable for 4 years)



1620 to 1670

$8,000 Achievement Award ($2,000 per year renewable for 4 years)



1560 to 1610

$6,000 Achievement Award ($1,500 per year renewable for 4 years)


For Fall 2010, MSU Achievement Awards will be based upon ACT composite scores and/or total SAT scores (Math, Critical Reading and Writing).


MSU students to present their research project at local, national conferences in April

The integration of learning and discovery is a hallmark of the undergraduate experience at MSU, which offers every student a hands-on research or creative project as an undergraduate. Depending on their field of study, students fulfill that requirement in different ways. Some work in a laboratory for credit, with a faculty mentor. Some take research seminars or capstone courses. With outdoor laboratories as close as Yellowstone National Park, MSU students have ample opportunities to pursue exciting projects throughout their college careers. Not limited to the sciences, those projects also include such artistic endeavors as original musical compositions, paintings and architectural designs.

This spring, approximately 170 undergraduate students will display posters and explain their research during MSU's Student Research Celebration.

Forty-six undergraduate students were also selected to present their projects the following week at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. This year's conference will be held April 15-17 at The University of Montana, drawing students from more than 300 institutions across the United States.

Students from every MSU college will participate in both conferences. Some of the student researchers helped develop detectors for auroras or E. coli. Others analyzed microbial communities in Yellowstone National Park. Some investigated the speed at which soft tissue decays, almond trees in California, stress faced by firefighter spouses, and potential vaccines against prion disease. Others looked at the way the media depicts organized crime in Japan. Some recorded wolves and coyotes in YNP and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Jeff Adams, assistant vice provost at MSU, noted that, "Companies don't usually say they want employees with undergraduate research experience, but they want rich, authentic hands-on experience, and that's exactly what undergraduate research provides."

The latest accreditation report by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) praised MSU for its leadership in undergraduate research.

For more information on MSU's Undergraduate Research Program, you can go to:


The International Street Food Bazaar was a huge success!

It was held on Saturday, February 20th, and almost 3,000 people attended. Students from 28 countries cooked special dishes from their homeland and decorated their booths, hoping to win the attention of the judges. Best booth this year went to India, with Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh taking 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Entertainment ranged from traditional Chinese dance to songs from Kazakhstan, Native American drumming to Mexican guitar. MSU’s new President Dr. Waded Cruzado opened the event with a short speech about the great opportunity offered by the Bazaar to meet people from around the world. She cut a blue and gold ribbon (MSU school colors), and the crowd rushed in to buy their favorite dishes. Check out the slideshow at:

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International Programs Specialist
Office of International Programs
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260
phone: 406.994.7252
fax: 406.994.1619