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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Serve: Service to the State

As the state's land grant institution, MSU and the College of Letters & Science strive to improve lives of Montanans through education, outreach and discovery.

Service project in remote Morocco is transformative for MSU students
Four MSU students spent spring break 2012 in the remote Atlas Mountains of Morocco helping a tiny Berber community connect with the outside world. Led by Ada Giusti, MSU French professor, the students spent a week conducting computer training, primarily in French, to the people of the remote village of Zawiya Ahansal. The area is so remote that it only received electricity a year ago. Read more...
 
     
Davis Brings "Tuesdays with Morrie" Project to MSU
Jill Davis, an instructor in the Department of English, introduced the “Tuesdays with Morrie Project” to her WRIT 201 students. MSU writing students were partnered with an elderly Bozeman citizen for eight weeks in an interview project. Students used the writing skills they learned in class to make a difference in someone’s life; they spent time listening to another’s story and gifting the partner’s family with an essay. Read more...
 
     
Rare view of Venus inspires June 5 party at MSU football stadium
The Physics Department, Montana Space Grant Consortium and College of Letters and Science were among the sponsors of a viewing party for the Transit of Venus. During the Transit of Venus, Venus passes in front of the Sun and the June 5 transit was the final time Venus will cross in front of the Sun for more than 100 years. Safe viewing glasses and telescopes with filters were available, as well as children's activities, educational booths and concessions. Read more...
 
     
Montana students learn challenges, thrills of climbing Mount Everest
More than 1,000 students across Montana followed the 2012 Mount Everest Expedition, sponsored by The North Face and National Geographic, which included Montana State University geologist David Lageson and earth sciences graduate student Travis Corthouts. During the climb, Lageson and Corthouts sent dispatches, photos and videos to the team's Facebook page. Read more...
 
     
MSU-based Project Archaeology receives national conservation award
A program based at MSU that promotes archaeology to students around the country has received a U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Partners in Conservation award recognizing exemplary conservation partnerships. Project Archaeology, which develops archaeological-based curriculum for elementary students, was one of 17 organizations or projects to receive a Partner in Conservation award. Read more...
 
     
MSU fisheries scientists evaluate ecological impact of Yellowstone River oil spill
MSU fisheries scientists assisted state and federal environmental officials in assessing the impact of July's oil spill in the environmentally sensitive Yellowstone River. More than 750 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Yellowstone River when a pipeline beneath the river broke creating a plume of oil that has already traveled more than 270 miles downriver into North Dakota, according Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Read more...
 
     
Free math camp for 7th and 8th grade girls held at MSU
MSU hosted a free, five-day summer math camp for 7th and 8th grade girls called "Math to Excite: Creating Interest, Confidence and Awareness about Mathematics among Young Women." The camp consisedt of daily lessons taught by K-12 teachers and faculty from MSU. Undergraduate math majors and faculty members served as mentors. Participants worked on individual projects throughout the camp, culminating in a poster presentation on the final day. Read more...
 
     
MSU researchers bring Antarctic research to third graders
Montana State University researchers who study Weddell seals in Antarctica closed up shop for another season on Wednesday. While heavy equipment operators hauled their huts and supplies across the ice toward the McMurdo Station for storage, MSU ecologist Jay Rotella was already back in Bozeman, telling third graders at Morning Star School about this year's record-breaking season. Read more...
 
     
MSU doctoral student named NASA student ambassador
A MSU graduate student in physics was named a NASA Student Ambassador during the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. As an ambassador, she gave presentations around Montana on NASA programs Her presentations were intended to get youth excited about science, and particularly about NASA discoveries in astrophysics, planetary science and solar physics. Read more...
 
     
Viruses, magnets and bio-materials, oh my!
Science Saturdays, a free program to teach kids aged 10 to 15 about cool new research and technology at MSU, was launched in 2008. Kids participate in hands-on experiments, learn about exciting new projects, and meet the scientists and MSU students who are shaping the future in Montana. Topics included: viruses, magnetism, bio-materials, computer simulations and energy. Read more...
 
     
Politics from an Economic Perspective
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics sponsored a series of seminars examining the presidential candidates' positions on major policy issues from an economic perspective during the fall 2008 semester. Topics discussed included: immigration policy, taxation, health policy, financial market regulation, climate change policy, entitlement programs and energy policy. Read more...
 
     
MSU Offers Unique Seminar on Powwow Planning
The Department of Native American Studies offered NAS 470, a seminar titled “Powwow Leadership,” to teach students that effective leadership is the foundation for organizations and groups, and is the key in helping them set and meet their fundraising goals. Students learned how best to prepare for the 34th Annual MSU Powwow while optimizing their own leadership capabilities. Read more...
 
     
Kids Catch Enthusiasm for Viruses
Dr. Brian Bothner, chemistry and biochemistry, regularly leaves the confines of the laboratory to visit schools across the Gallatin Valley. Dr. Bothner has developed a learning module that includes a short movie, pictures of viruses, discussion and model-building of viruses for hands-on learning. Each student uses a foldable paper template to make a 3-D model of a virus particle. Read more...
 
     
Hablando Español en Bozeman
Bridget Kevane collaborates with local grassroots groups and taps some of her students to identify and meet the needs of the Latino population. Some of her first projects included translating signs in the Gallatin Valley Food Bank into Spanish and helping spearhead a bilingual story-time at the Bozeman Public Library. She’s also set up free tutoring classes for Spanish speakers wanting to learn English. Read more...
 
     
Learning from the Legacy of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
The Department of Sociology & Anthropology brought the “Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Commemorative Experience” to Bozeman and MSU. Tomomi Yamaguchi, an assistant professor of anthropology, organized the events which included a talk by Shigeko Sasamori, 76, an atomic bomb survivor and Steven Leeper, of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation in Japan. Read more...
 
     
Aspen Pointe speakers series
The Aspen Pointe Speakers Series is a series of talks designed for the residents of Aspen Pointe, an active retirement community in Bozeman. In the program, which was launched in the spring of 2005, faculty members from throughout the university regale the enthusiastic audience with accounts of their current research interests in a monthly lecture series. Read more...