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MSU ecology students win awards at state meeting

March 20, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -Montana State University students in the Department of Ecology received several awards at the spring meeting of the Montana chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Elizabeth Flesch won two awards -- the best undergraduate student presentation and the chapter's annual Wynn G. Freeman Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding wildlife MSU student for participation in and commitment to the wildlife profession, as well as academics. Flesch, from Bettendorf, Iowa, is an MSU senior in biological sciences.

Megan O'Reilly won the best master's degree graduate student presentation. Graduate students Daniel Bachen and Shana Dunkley each won best poster presentation. Bachen also received the Montana TWS Counter-Assault Research Grant to help support his master's research project. The award is sponsored by Counter-Assault, one of the major companies that manufacture bear spray.

Approximately 30 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as three faculty members, from MSU attended the Feb. 27 to March 2 meeting in Great Falls. The department gave 14 oral presentations, with 13 of those presented by MSU undergraduates, graduate students and recently graduated bachelor's degree students. Four MSU graduate students also presented posters.

Eleven current faculty members and one emeritus faculty member were co-authors on the MSU student presentations.

More than 200 natural resource professionals and academics from Montana and the surrounding region attended the spring meeting, which was the 50th anniversary of the Montana chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or