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Montana State University
P.O. Box 172805
Bozeman, MT 59717-2805

Tel: (406) 994-5679
Fax: (406) 994-5575
Location: 401 Linfield Hall


Dr. Peggy Taylor

MSSE Teachers and Professors in the Spotlight!

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Dr. Steven Holmgren wins the MSU Academic Advising Award Spring 2013

Steven Holmgren has won the MSU Academic Advising Award.  As a part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Holmgren teaches a variety of courses at MSU, ranging from an introductory seminar to CHMY 500 Science Lab Safety and Risk Management (taught on the MSU campus the first week of July).  A large part of his work is taking an active role in mentoring students as an advisor for undergraduate chemistry majors, as well as for MSSE graduate students. For more information, check out the article at:

Dr. Bill McLaughlin wins the MSU Teaching Innovation Award Spring 2013

Charles “Bill” McLaughlin of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and a faculty member of the MSSE program, has won a Teaching Innovation Award!  McLaughlin often demonstrates the latest technologies both in the classroom and online, making his approach to chemistry and technology available to students from virtually anywhere.  For more information, check out the article at:

Dr. Dave Lageson wins the MSU Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award Spring 2013

Dave Lageson, an instructor for MSSE and the Department of Earth Sciences, has won both the 2013 MSU’s Provost’s Excellence in Outreach Award and the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award!  With his experiences on the 2012 Mount Everest expedition and his enthusiasm for geology, Lageson has been inspiring students far and wide.  Lageson has been involved in organizing youth programs, writing about Mount Everest, innovative curricular development, and a sustained commitment to outreach and education.  For more information, check out the article at:

Erin Colfax presents at the New Jersey Science Teachers Convention Oct 9-10, 2012

Erin Colfax, MSSE Summer 2012 graduate, presented "Infusing Poetry into Biology and Life Sciences Classes" at the New Jersey Science Teachers Convention in Princeton, New Jersey October 9-10, 2012. This presentation focused on infusing poetry into science classes to inform, engage, and enhance student's understanding of abstract and complex scientific theories.

MSSE Featured!

Confluence, the magazine produced by MSU's College of Letters and Science, published an article in their latest volume which features the MSSE program! The article highlights some of the many opportunities afforded by the summer field courses. Check out the full article!

Leanne Yanny has been awarded a fellowship in the Endeavor Science Teacher Certificate Project (ESTCP)-February 2012

The ESTCP, a program created for teachers in memory of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission, awards over 50 fellowships a year to teachers who contribute to the development of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM for short). When she finishes in 18 months, she will receive a STEM Teaching Certificate from NASA and Columbia University Teachers College. She will also meet amazing educators from across the country and have great internship opportunities at NASA! Congratulations, Leanne!

Faculty Publication

"Knowing Yellowstone: Science in America's First National Park"

Dr. Jerry Johnson

Faculty instructor for BIOL 580 Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

  • Taylor Trade Publishing
  • ISBN-10 1589795229
  • ISBN-13 978-1589795228


MSSE Teachers Participate in Biodiversity Study of Yellowstone Lake

Participants in the 2010 and 2011 field course LRES 591: Yellowstone Lake Ecology, took part in an ongoing scientific investigation studying the biodiversity of Yellowstone Lake. Teachers taxonomically identified organisms in the field prior to performing genetic analysis; the results of their work contributed to the Molecular All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (MATBI) of Yellowstone Lake, a long-term project that seeks to characterize the diversity of eukaryotic lake species and their relationship to the hydrothermal features of the lake. More information can be found in The Earth Scientist, Volume 27, Issue 3.

Paul Anderson - January 2011

Paul Andersen, a 1999 MSSE graduate who won the Montana Teacher of the Year award for 2011, has been named as one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year. Paul, who has taught at Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Montana for the last 9 years, embraces technology with his students, and his classroom innovations have attracted national attention. The winner will be introduced by President Obama in April 2011.

Dora Hugs - December 2010

Dora Hugs, a 2010 MSSE graduate, was recently named Outstanding Nontraditional Student in the Western United States at the “University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Region West Conference” in Seattle, Washington. As a result of her experience with MSSE and the BSSP Program (MSU’s Big Sky Science Partnership), a program funded by the National Science Foundation whose main goal is to strengthen K-8 science instruction in Montana communities that teach American Indian students, Dora is now her school's Crow Language and Science Teacher.
As the winner of the UPCEA award, Dora is now eligible to become the top nontraditional student in the United States, an honor that will be announced at the national UPCEA conference in April.

Paul Anderson - October 2010

Congratulations to Paul Anderson, MSSE 1999 Graduate. He was named the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year. Andersen embraces the technology that is part of students' lives. Rather than disciplining his students for using cell phones in class, Andersen encourages cell phone usage by having students text answers to questions that are then projected for the whole class to see and discuss. He has also created a virtual classroom on line where students can interact outside of class and view video lectures Andersen posts to prepare them for the next day's class. This award wins Andersen a trip to the White House. His classroom innovations have attracted national attention as well. The National School Boards Association has named Andersen one of its "20 to watch" technology teachers.

Genevieve Chabot - October 2010

Genevieve Chabot graduated from MSSE in 2006 while working as a high school teacher through The Traveling School, a girls’ high school program that takes semesters abroad to South America and Southern Africa. After graduating, she began working for the Central Asia Institute and began doctoral... work in the CLTW (Center for Learning in the West) program at MSU. Her dissertation research focused on the process of working within a school community in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, to help foster community involvement while improving the quality of education in the schools. She graduated with an Ed.D. in 2009 and currently works at MSU as an adjunct faculty while working closely with an organization she helped co-found, Global Midwife Education Foundation.

Jeff Wehr - October 2010

Jeff Wehr is a 2003 MSSE graduate and a recipient of the 2011 Washington State Regional Teacher of the Year Award!  Jeff is the science teacher at Odessa High School and teaches his students to live their education and connect what they are learning to the world about them. He created an Advanced Scientific Research course at his school that allows students to work on a year-long independent study in any scientific discipline.  Outside of his regular classroom duties, Jeff also works with elementary teachers to strengthen their science skills and increase their use of inquiry-based science and the scientific method. He also hosts a Bi-Country Science Challenge for students across the region.  As one student wrote: “His energy and enthusiasm help him connect with students to make learning fun.  He has given unlimited help, support, time and dedication to all of his classes, which, in turn, has created very successful scientists and individuals.”