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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Affiliated Centers & Research Programs

Center for Biofilm Engineering
Center for Computational Biology
Center for Bio-inspired Nanomaterials (CBIN)
English Writing Center
Local Government Center
MSU Humanities Institute
Montana Space Grant Consortium
Optical Technology Center (OpTeC)
Spatial Sciences Center (formerly GIAC
Spectrum Lab
Thermal Biology Institute
Wheeler Center for Public Policy
WWAMI

Center for Bioflim Engineering
At the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), multidisciplinary research teams develop beneficial uses for microbial biofilms and find solutions to industrially relevant biofilm problems. The CBE was established at Montana State University, Bozeman, in 1990 as a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center.

Center for Computational Biology
The CCB is an interdisciplinary unit supporting research and education in the general area of Computational Biology through the combined use of advanced experimental, theoretical and computational approaches. The Center is directed by John Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience.

Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials
The Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials blends the efforts of five MSU researchers, who are already working on various aspects of nanotechnology, and other scientists who may join them. The original CBIN researchers are Trevor Douglas, David Singel and Mary Cloninger in chemistry, Yves Idzerda in physics, and Mark Young in plant sciences and plant pathology. CBIN concentrates on two areas of application. One involves magnetic materials and is funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) program called NIRT for Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Team. The other application focuses on the delivery of medication to specific parts of the body and is largely funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
 

English Writing Center
The Writing Center offers free tutoring services to MSU students working on MSU writing assignments. The Writing Center employs 30-40 tutors who assist with understanding assignments, discovering research strategies and polishing academic style. Kirk Branch, English, is the director.

Local Government Center
LGC works to build and sustain working partnerships with local government practitioners and their professional associations, Montana Tribal governments, key state agencies, the Local Government Committees of the Montana State Legislature, and the appropriate departments, centers, faculty and staff of the Montana University System.

MSU Humanities Institute
The MSU Humanities Institute is a place where scholars, policymakers, community leaders, and members of the public come together to explore the important cultural concerns of our community, our region, our nation, and our planet. The Institute hosts scholars and lecturers from around the world, provides performing arts events, and offers educational opportunities for the community

Montana Space Grant Consortium
Established in 1991 as a component of NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, the Montana Space Grant Consortium is one of a national network of 52 members working to strengthen aerospace research and education in the United States. The Montana Space Grant Consortium awards fellowships and scholarships to students pursuing aeronautical or space related studies and also awards stipends to undergraduate students pursuing space-related research at all member campuses. MSU is the consortium's lead institution.
 

Optical Technology Center (OpTeC)
OpTeC is an interdisciplinary center with research groups from Physics, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Electrical Engineering. OpTeC promotes research on optical materials, lasers and optoelectronic devices, sensors, micro-optical systems, holography, and coherent optics. Seven of the center's ten research groups are led by faculty from L&S's Physics and Chemistry departments.

Spatial Sciences Center (formerly GIAC)
The Spatial Sciences Center's (SSC) mission is to (1) promote and support basic and applied research incorporating geographic information science, remote sensing, global positioning system, and spatial analysis, (2) support and facilitate undergraduate and graduate courses in spatial sciences offered through departments within the MSU, and (3) promote the application of spatial sciences throughout MSU through outreach to faculty and staff.

Spectrum Lab
The Spectrum Lab was established in 1999 to advance the opto-electronic technologies emerging from the research labs of MSU. Today, the lab continues to perform advanced research and development, to establish university-corporate partnerships and to provide research training for students. Zeb Barber, from the Department of Physics, is the director.

Thermal Biology Institute
The Thermal Biology Institute (TBI) is a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying the unique thermal environment within Yellowstone National Park. TBI has 11 scientists, 20 students, 10 postdoctoral researchers and seven full-time technicians. Funded by an appropriation from NASA, TBI strives to conduct cutting-edge research focused on the biology of geothermal systems, to promote coordination and collaboration among academicians and resource agencies, and to contribute to the advancement of education and public awareness on the biocomplexity of geothermal environments. John Peters, Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the institute's director.

Wheeler Center for Public Policy
The Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy in Bozeman, MT, promotes the discussion, analysis and eventual resolution of critical issues facing Montana and the region. The Center holds an annual conference and business roundtable, sponsors research and lectures, publishes conference reports and maintains a web page for Montanans and others who are seeking solutions to some of today's most pressing issues and problems. Professor Gordon Brittan (History and Philosophy) has been director since 1991.
 

WWAMI
WWAMI is a cooperative program of the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. It makes medical education accessible to students in the northwestern United States by decentralizing the educational process and by sharing existing facilities and personnel in universities and communities in the WWAMI states. Support of WWAMI by the State of Montana allows 20 qualified Montana residents to be admitted to the University of Washington School of Medicine each year.