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Four MSU undergrads chosen for new applied internship program

October 24, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Four undergraduate students at Montana State University have been selected for an applied internship program through MSU's Thermal Biology Institute (TBI).

The new program offers students a combination of academic mentorship and industry research experience in order to give them hands-on career skills. Students work on campus directly with MSU faculty members, then complete an internship with industry research partners.

The students selected were Conner Bailey of Olympia, Wash., Evangaline Koonce of Sheridan, Mont., Daniel McDonald of Tumwater, Wash., and Laura Whitmore of Palmer, Alaska.

Bailey, an environmental sciences senior with an environmental biology emphasis, and Whitmore, an environmental sciences senior with a soil and water emphasis, will work at MSU in William Inskeep's lab. Their Summer 2013 internship will be with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. with Helen Kreuzer, James Moran, Roslyn Brown, Margie Romine and Thomas Squier.

Koonce, a junior in chemistry, will work in John Peters's lab at MSU and will intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. with Paul King.

McDonald, a junior in bioengineering, will work in Brent Peyton's lab at MSU and will intern with Tom Schoenfeld from Lucigen Corporation in Middleton, Wisconsin.

This new program is supported by TBI's Industrial Research Program and Montana NSF EPSCoR. It is designed to place students into applied research laboratories, foster career development and promote lasting relationships between TBI and partners in industry and at national laboratories.

Students or industry representatives who need more information about internship opportunities or potential partnerships can contact Christine Smith with TBI at 406-994-7023 or

Contact: Christine Smith, MSU Thermal Biology Institute, (406) 994-7023,