Montana State University

College of Letters and Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172360
Bozeman, MT 59717-2360

Tel: (406) 994-4288
Fax: (406) 994-7580
E-mail: lands@montana.edu
Location: 2-205 Wilson Hall

Dean:

Nicol C. Rae
nicol.rae@montana.edu

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L&S Alumni Profiles

Alumni of the College of Letters & Science are doing wonderful things once they leave MSU, and making a difference in the world. Here are some examples the great work being done by our alumni.

Michelle Larson named the president of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago
Larson oversees a 21st century space science center that includes the institution’s landmark museum complex, exhibition galleries and three theaters; a robust research enterprise; one of the world’s leading collections documenting the history of science; and an award-winning education and outreach program. Annually, more than 470,000 people visit the Adler, making it one of Chicago’s leading tourist attractions. Read more...
 
     
Recent MSU graduate scores again with three select scholarships
Alumnus Esteban Ferrero Botero of Manizales, Colombia received a $7,500 Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA, the only one awarded to a Montana student-athlete during the 2010-11 school year; a $5,000 scholarship from the Lambda Alpha national honor society for anthropology majors, the only one awarded in the U.S. in 2011; and a $5,000 scholarship from the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi, one of 57 awarded in the nation this year. Read more...
 
     
Three recent graduates of Montana State University have received Fulbright
Dan Cornish, an graduate in math and photography who is taking pre-med requirement courses at MSU, received a fellowship to teach in Turkey. Sasha Dingle, who graduated magna cum laude from MSU in December with a degree in psychology and is a competitive freeskier, received a Fulbright to Vietnam. Jayme Kreitinger, who recently graduated from with a MPA degree and coordinates MSU's study abroad programs, received a Fulbright research grant to Jordan. Read more...
 
     
Red Cross communication head finds inspiration in global volunteer network
It took Montana State University graduate Jason Smith just 11 years to rise through the ranks of the world's largest humanitarian network and land the position of head of corporate communications for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). Since Smith started with the American Red Cross in Bozeman in 1998, the work has taken him from various locations in the U.S. to Malaysia to Switzerland, where he is now based. Read more...
 
     
MSU grad from Gardiner now rising star in Japanese studies
Chad Diehl, an MSU history major who graduated in 2003, recently published a book containing 65 poems written by a double survivor of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As an MSU student, he won a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Japan for a year. He later received full funding to become a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City. He is finishing up his doctoral work now. Read more...
 
     
MSU graduate named a lead author of climate change report
MSU graduate and U.S. Geological Survey scientist Margaret Hiza Redsteer has been named a lead author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Hiza Redsteer, a member of the Crow Nation, is a research geologist who leads the Navajo Land Use Planning Project in Flagstaff, Ariz. Redsteer received a M.S. degree in sedimentology in the Department of Earth Sciences at MSU. Read more...
 
     
Recent MSU graduate wins $121,500 from the National Science Foundation
The skills and research interests Paul Ullmann developed at MSU have led to a fellowship from the National Science Foundation that totals more than $120,000. Ullmann, 24, will use the three-year Graduate Research Fellowship to fund his research and doctoral studies in paleontology at Drexel University in Philadelphia Ullmann graduated with a bachelor's degree in earth sciences from MSU in December 2008. Read more...
 
     
MSU graduate wins prestigious National Institutes of Health fellowship
Recent Montana State University graduate Bridgett McNulty's $30,000 fellowship will fund a year of research, with an option to continue for a second year, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. She will work in an NIH researcher's laboratory, studying the molecular and cellular factors in the development of the inner ear. McNulty, 21, graduated from MSU in the spring of 2010 with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a second major in cell biology and neuroscience. Read more...
 
     
MSU grads preserve a native language, keep tribal philosophies alive
Sean Chandler and Lynette Stein-Chandler didn't grow up speaking the White Clay language, but they're devoted to preserving it on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northern Montana. Lynette is director of the White Clay Immersion School where children learn the White Clay language and culture in addition to subjects they'd normally study in public school. Sean teaches the White Clay language and culture at the school. Read more...
 
     
Burning through state funds
Every year, wildfires in Montana ravage hundreds of thousands of acres, threaten homes and put firefighters' lives on the line. The cost of fighting fires quickly adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars, and it's the taxpayers who end up footing the bill. But thanks to a new study by two L&S alumni, Montana lawmakers may rethink the way the state handles fire suppression costs and new housing developments in fire-prone wildlands. Read more...
 
     
Blinding meth with science
Montana's fight against meth got a high tech boost thanks to the work of three L&S alumni. Jay Brasseur (Physics, M.S. '95, Ph.D. '98.), Randy Reibel (Physics, M.S. '00; Ph.D. '02), and Pete Roos (Physics, Ph.D. '02) are the co-founders of Bridger Photonics, based out of MSU's Spectrum Lab in Bozeman, with plans to develop a portable, low-cost laser system that can detect the chemicals used to make methamphetamine from a distance. Read more...
 
     
Tribes benefit from alum's expertise
When Stands-Over-Bull brought his family back to the Crow Reservation, in 2001, he put his geologic experience to work addressing natural resource management. His company, Arrow Creek Resources, is dedicated to helping Indian tribes assess and develop their natural resources. He helps them understand the natural resource business, decide what sort of expertise is needed, and how to evaluate proposals. Read more...