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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Student Success Stories

2013
MSU student wins scholarship, studies Arabic in Tunisia
History major Shannon Collaer was one of nearly 600 U.S. students to receive a scholarship from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The schorlaships are awarded in order to increase the number of U.S. students studying critical foreign languages, as well as to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Approximately 5,000 students applied for the award. Collaer lived in Tunisia for two months, studying Arabic and living with a Tunisian family. Read more...
 


2012
Miles City's Vadheim becomes MSU's first Marshall Scholar
Bryan Vadheim, economics, received MSU's first Marshall Scholarship. His selection as a Marshall Scholar, one of the most selective scholarships awarded to American students, means that Vadheim will receive two years of education in the United Kingdom. He plans to earn a master's degree from the London School of Economics as well as a master's degree in engineering specializing in water science and governance from King's College, also in London. Read more...
 
     
Microbiology student heads to China this summer for international hot spring study
Emma Murter of Hardin, Mont. was one of two students in the nation chosen to travel to China during summer 2012 through a National Science Foundation program for undergraduate scholars. Joining a five-year study that unites 20 U.S. and Chinese scientists from 14 institutions, the honors student and Presidential Scholar speny 10 weeks helping research microorganisms that live in the largest hot spring complex in China -- Tengchong Volcanic Geological Park. Read more...
 
     
MSU's Townshend honored for leadership by national service organization
Michael Townshend, a senior majoring in both mechanical engineering and political science, was named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Townshend is one of 162 student leaders from 32 states selected as 2012 Newman Civic Fellows as recognition for their work to find solutions for challenges facing their communities and for their service, community-based research and advocacy. Read more...
 
     
For Zach Dupree, MSU has been all about connections
Zach Dupree, physics and mathematical sciences, is a McNair Scholar who aspires to earn a doctorate and become an astrophysics researcher. An enrolled member of the Lakota Sioux-Assiniboine Tribe of Fort Peck, he has helped work his way through school at the MSU Foundation Call Center. Dupree's research project is part of a larger study to find similarities between traffic traveling on a single lane highway and a stream of polymerases elongating on a DNA strand. Read more...
 
     
Passions for music and Arabic culture results in Boren Scholarship for Bozeman student
Gabe Lavin, a senior from Bozeman majoring in anthropology, attended Amideast in Cairo to study Arabic language and culture as one of 161 American recipients of the scholarship sponsored by the National Security Education Program. The Boren Scholarship, which provided Lavin with $20,000 for his year abroad, is a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Read more...
 


2011
MPA Student Lobbies on Behalf of All MSU Students
Janelle Booth, who graduated in May with a Master’s of Public Administration through the Department of Political Science, was selected as Montana Associated Students’ lobbyist during the 2011 legislative session. She represented all students on each campus in the MUS by tracking student-related legislation, providing testimony in hearings, disseminating information to students, legislators and the press, and coordinating student activity at the capitol. Read more...
 
     
Through science, Villegas found her turn-around shot
When Corrie Villegas was accepted into the Montana Medical Laboratory Science Training Program, Villegas became the first Native American student accepted into the competitive program that produces certified medical laboratory scientists. Medical lab scientists are in short supply in Montana and elsewhere in the country, so admission virtually guarantees a good job to those who complete the year-long internship. Read more...
 
     
Recent MSU grad, aspiring teacher receives national fellowship
Jena Burke, Montana's only recipient of a James Madison Fellowship2011, will receive up to $24,000 over two years to support her while she earns a master's degree in education at The University of Montana, attends a summer institute next year in Washington, D.C. The fellowship will teach her more about the history and principles of the Constitution so she can inspire her own students. Read more...
 


2010
English student wins prestigious McNair Scholarship
Rio Gonzalez, a sophomore from Bozeman, has received a McNair Scholarship as part of the McNair Scholars Program, a federally funded (Department of Education) TRIO program named in honor of Ronald E. McNair. McNair, a nationally recognized physicist and NASA mission specialist astronaut, perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle in January 1986. Read more...
 
     
Roberts' affinity for German adds up to Fulbright Scholarship
Jill Roberts, a math education major with a German studies minor, will take her affinity for German language and culture to Germany during the next school year as a recipient of a coveted Fulbright Fellowship. As a Fulbright recipient, Roberts will teach English in the German state of Brandenburg and study German methods of teaching math. Read more...
 
     
MSU math major, basketball player succeeds in both arenas
Jamie Thornton was one of 40 top seniors who received an MSU Award of Excellence 2010. Thornton earned a 3.96 grade point average, was captain of the women's basketball team, helped start a recycling program in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and involved herself in other community service activities around Bozeman. Read more...
 
     
Parsons is MSU's first Native American ROTC grad
And in August, Cadet Captain Parsons was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In doing so, Parsons, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation, become the first Native American to complete and graduate from MSU's ROTC program Parsons demonstrated an excellence at synthesizing her passions for both her psychology major and the military experiences. Read more...
 


2009
Native Hawaiian stuent finds purpose and passion at MSU
Josh Mori, a Native Hawwaiian, has a passion for Native Hawaiian rights and intends to return to the islands as an activist and professor. Mori graduated from Montana State University with a degree in philosophy and a minor in Native American Studies. He returned to MSU to pursue a master's degree in Native American Studies. Read more...
 
     
Angola native finds niche as basketball player & student
As a kid growing up in Angola, Divaldo Mbunga knew nothing about Montana, let alone Montana State University. But thanks to his talents as a player and the efforts of a coach, Mbunga found his way to MSU on a basketball scholarship, where he was a leader on the team. Off the court, he juggled a busy schedule as a student with a major in modern languages and minor in business. Read more...
 
     
MSU honors two students with community service award
Montana State University honored seniors Elliott Barnhart and Ivie English with its 2009 Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Awards. The award, named for the late MSU alumnus Torlief "Torley" Aasheim, recognizes male and female senior students who, in addition to excelling academically, volunteer on campus and in the community. Read more...
 


2008
MSU research project opens doors for Old Elk
John Old Elk, cell biology major, won third place and $200 in the American Indians in Science and Engineering Society's national contest for his poster and presentation about an MSU research project. The project tested the effectiveness of a cocktail of common drugs in protecting the brains of gerbils from cerebral ischemia, a type of stroke. Read more...
 
     
Student brings home conference award
Mervin Failing, a Sioux-Assiniboine Indian from Fort Peck, Mont., won first place for his poster presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference. Failing pursued his career in education through Montana State University's BRIDGES (Bridging Tribal Colleges to MSU) program. Read more...

 
     
Ross-Dick hopes to help others as he was once helped
A helping hand once turned around Nicholas Ross-Dick's college career, so he reached out to others by developing a mentoring system for American Indian students attending Montana State University. Ross-Dick, a philosophy major from Washington, was only the second American Indian student ever elected to the ASMSU senate. Read more...
 
     
Space research takes MSU student to France and beyond
Kien Lim, a MSU student from Malaysia, analyzed bacteria that flew on the unmanned Soviet Foton-M3 spacecraft. He received $500 from the European Space Agency to travel to France where he explained his preliminary findings to more than 100 scientists attending an international conference on "Life in Space for Life on Earth." Read more...
 
     
Exotic research leads MSU student to Ecuador, discoveries
Angie Mitchell worked in the lab of Gary Strobel, a MSU professor in plant sciences and plant pathology, where she examined several plants that Strobel brought back from his journeys around the world and discovered what appears to be a new species of fungus. She also traveled to Ecuador, becoming the first MSU undergraduate to join one of Strobel's expeditions. Read more...
 


2007
Browning's Powell goes to Washington
Jerci Powell was the first person in her family to attend a four-year college. The political science major and member of the Blackfeet Tribe was one of just 20 students around the country selected for the Native American Political Leadership Scholarship Program and an all expenses paid semester at George Washington University. Read more...

 
     
Outstanding senior gravitates to hospitals, volunteer work
Madeline Turner was a maintenance worker and nurses' aide at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth, MT. After moving to Bozeman to attend MSU, she became a scrub technician and helped deliver babies at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. During her summers, she volunteered at hospitals in Costa Rica, Panama and the African country of Malawi. Read more...
 
     
World opens for accidental Spanish student
Claire Wing, of Helena, Mont. graduated with a double major in Spanish and political science with an emphasis in Latin American studies. She was named Student of the Month by the Bozeman chapter of Rotary International. During her third year she went to Valparaiso, Chile for intensive language training and then to Mexico to study international relations. Read more...
 
     
MSU student sets her sights high
Sarah Eby rounded out her time at MSU with a 3.9 grade point average. She was a double major, one in exercise science and one in psychology, with a minor in microbiology, and extra research through the honors program. She was also a stand-out studen athlete as a pole vaulter on the Montana State University track team. Read more...