Montana State University

MSU offers new award for undergraduate research

August 16, 2011 -- MSU News Service

Pictured: Dana Kreitel, presidential scholar and undergraduate researcher; photo by Kelly Gorham in 2007.   High-Res Available

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Montana State University's Undergraduate Scholars Program is offering a new award for students engaged in research or creative works beginning this fall.

The Mark F. Cook Awards recognize the top proposals to the Undergraduate Scholars Program in each of three broad academic areas: creative and performing arts; humanities and social sciences; science, mathematics and engineering.

To compete for the awards students must submit a standard USP proposal for a 2011-2012 academic year project by Sept. 9, 2011 - and receive an endorsement from their research mentor. For more information, visit or contact the MSU's Undergraduate Scholars Program at (406) 994-6760.

In addition to the standard $1,500 USP grant, Cook awardees will receive a $300 cash award and a certificate to be presented upon completion of their project at MSU's annual Student Research Celebration. All proposals will be reviewed by specialists in the student's discipline as well as by the awards committee.

The awards are funded from an endowment established through the estate of Mark F. Cook, an MSU engineering alum who went on to a successful career in business. A trust created upon his death in 1974 reverted to MSU in 2009 when Cook's last surviving beneficiary passed away. Cook's will specified that his gift be used to benefit students and support research.

These awards enable undergraduate students to enhance their education through hands-on independent research, scholarship and artistic creation.

Contact: Colin Shaw, USP director, (406) 994-6760.