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
Location: 2-205 Wilson Hall


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Accomplished faculty researchers interact with students in the College of Letters & Science to combine a strong background in scientific principles, theory, ethics, and techniques with the opportunity to explore new concepts and ideas, some with the potential to adddress significant global issues.

MSU historian wins Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct global study on asbestos poisoning
Regents' Professor Brett Walker was one of 175 scholars, artists and scientists across the nation to win a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He and D. Graham Burnett of Princeton University were the only fellows in the "History of Science, Technology and Economics" category. Walker, who is a world-renowned expert in Japanese environmental history, will use the $48,000 fellowship to pursue a global project on asbestos. Read more...
Canfield wins major solar physics award
Solar physicist Richard Canfield received the 2013 Hale Prize from the American Astronomical Society. The award honors one scientist per year who has made outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to the field of solar astronomy. Canfield was recognized for his "pioneering work on dynamics and radiation in solar flares and on the origins and implications of magnetic helicity in active regions, as well as his role as a leader and mentor." Read more...
Walter Fleming and Mary Murphy receive Governor's Humanities Awards
Walter Fleming, professor and chair of the Department of Native American Studies, and Mary Murphy, history professor, received the 2013 Governor's Humanities Award. Upon the nomination of Humanities Montana, the awards are given every other year. Fleming and Murphy are among the seven awardees who are the first recipients awarded by Gov. Steve Bullock. Read more...
Gedeon named MSU Letters & Science Distinguished Professor
Tomas Gedeon, professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, has been appointed as the newest Letters and Science Distinguished Professor. Over the last few years, he has published several important papers in mathematical neuroscience, systems biology and mathematical biology, and has developed an international reputation for his excellent and insightful contributions to the understanding of the structure and function of biological systems. Read more...
Marcy Barge Barge named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society
Th new AMS Fellow Program recognizes some of the most accomplished mathematicians-AMS members who have contributed to the understanding of deep and important mathematical questions, to applications throughout the scientific world and to educational excellence. The AMS is the world's largest organization dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship and education. Of its 30,000 members, 1,119 were named Fellows this year. Read more...
Two MSU professors elected fellows in world's largest general scientific society
Timothy Minton and Robert Walker, professors in MSU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and publishes the journal, Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science. Read more...
Kollin named MSU Letters & Science Distinguished Professor
Susan Kollin, professor in the MSU Department of English, has been appointed as the newest Letters and Science Distinguished Professor. The appointment was made in recognition of Kollin's contributions to the college, to MSU and to the scholarly community at large. Kollin has established herself as a leading national and international theorist and critic in the areas of western American literature and film, environmental criticism and feminist theory. Read more...
Glen Chamberlain's award-winning fiction published in book of short stories
Glen Chamberlain, an adjunct instructor in the Department of English, has earned a reputation as an award-winning writer of fiction, particularly short stories, while teaching composition classes at MSU for the last 21 years. Chamberlain's first book of short stories, Conjugation of the Verb To Be, was published by Delphinium Books in 2011. Read more...
David Eitle recognized as prolific scholar in elite criminology journals
The journal of Criminal Justice Education recognized MSU sociology professor David Eitle as one of the most prolific scholars in the country writing about criminology and criminal justice in elite scholarly journals. Eitle was tied for the number six most prolific scholar in the country for sole publications in elite criminology journals over the past decade. Eitle is the author of nearly 40 journal articles during his career. Read more...
MSU's Branch receives Fulbright to teach in Indonesia
Kirk Branch, who has taught literacy studies to graduate students at three universities as well as to students on an Indian reservation and in an urban jail, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach English for a year at Satya Wakana Christian University in Salatiga, in Java. Java is an Indonesian island. Branch is a professor English. Read more...