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MSU’s 23rd annual Student Research Celebration set for April 21

April 20, 2017 -- From MSU News Service

Montana State University students showcase their research with poster presentations during the annual Student Research Celebration on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Strand Union Building on campus in Bozeman, Montana. MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez.

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BOZEMAN — Montana State University students have studied the antibiotic potential of flora and fungi and worked to find ways to remove nitrates in groundwater sediment. They’ve modeled thermal energy storage systems and have explored connections between food security and academic success.

Now more than 200 students who have conducted research and creativity projects this school year will present their work on Friday, April 21, at MSU’s 23rd annual Student Research Celebration. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Poster presentations representing all disciplines will be displayed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in MSU’s SUB Ballrooms B, C and D. Oral sessions focused on specific topics will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit for a detailed schedule of events.

The Student Research Celebration is organized by the Undergraduate Scholars Program. Participants represent every college on campus and include both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Among the presenters will be the latest winners of the prestigious Rhodes and Goldwater scholarships, as well as McNair Scholars and students involved in the Montana INBRE student program. McNair Scholars are undergraduates who are either first-generation/low income or minorities that are traditionally underrepresented at universities. The Montana INBRE student program is designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers in biomedical research and public health by providing them with the framework to conduct real research and practice professional career skills such as working with a mentor, securing funding and seeking out training opportunities.

Other presenters at the Student Research Celebration will include 13 MSU students who shared their findings April 6 through 8 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, or NCUR, in Memphis, Tennessee. MSU has been selected to host the 2020 NCUR, which will bring together more than 4,000 students and their faculty mentors.

“Each year I am amazed at the variety and quality of research that our undergraduate students present at the Student Research Celebration,” said Colin Shaw, director of the MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program. “These projects demonstrate how students can apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems beyond the classroom. We hope that this year’s event will provide a springboard to mobilize the campus community as we begin preparations to host NCUR 2020.”

Contact: Colin Shaw, director, MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program, (406) 994-6760 or