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MSU offers $50,000 awards for physics, electrical engineering grads

February 20, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University announces the availability of two $50,000 awards that allow students with a bachelor's degree in either physics or electrical and computer engineering to pursue a graduate degree in MSU's Professional Master of Science and Engineering Management degree. 

The "Hutcheson Emerging Fellows Awards" were established by Ralph Hutcheson, a 1954 MSU mechanical engineering graduate and founder of Scientific Materials Corporation and S2 Corporation. MSU's PMSEM degree is a new interdisciplinary program that helps working scientists and engineers acquire business skills related to the management of people, projects and budgets.

Two awards are available, each for $25,000 per year for two years. Recipients will also be awarded an unpaid internship with a technology company in Bozeman. The internships focus on business systems and marketing and are coordinated through the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC). Awards will be contingent upon acceptance of the internship.

Qualified recipients must hold an undergraduate degree in electrical and computer engineering or physics. Preference will be given to MSU graduates. Applicants must meet all admissions requirements for the graduate program in electrical and computer engineering, the graduate program in physics or the PMSEM program.

Award recipients are not selected solely on academic performance, scholarly research or financial need, but rather on their entrepreneurial spirit and capacity to lead as evidenced through their undergraduate or other extracurricular activities and life experiences.

Hutcheson said he believes the technical education afforded to MSU students is high quality and produces outstanding engineers and physicists, but that these students also need access to business and marketing skills to become more valuable employees and further the success of technology companies where they are likely to be employed. Hutcheson added that his primary interest is within the photonics/optics industry, which is in a unique position to assist high-quality students meet the growing business needs of their employers.

"This is a new opportunity and we're looking for individuals who show promise of being able to assimilate professional technical skills into leadership business attributes," said Dick Smith, physics department head. "We feel strongly this opportunity will improve the skill and shorten the timeframe for these technically trained students to become effectively engaged in management positions."

For more information or to apply for the "Hutcheson Emerging Fellows Award" please visit or contact Lisa Brown at (406) 994-3062 for application materials or more information. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Contact: Lisa Brown, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-3062,