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MSU grad student receives scholarship from American Geological Institute

December 14, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -Anita Moore-Nall of Bozeman, a Montana State University graduate student in earth sciences, was one of 23 students in the United States to receive a 2010-2011 Minority Participation Program Geoscience Student Scholarship from the American Geological Institute.

An enrolled member of the Crow tribe, Moore-Nall was one of 17 graduate students and six undergraduates who received the scholarship and stipend. MSU geology professor David Lageson is mentoring Moore-Nall as she researches thermal karst in the Big Horn Mountain and the possible relationship between that karst, uranium and other ions in water on the Crow Indian Reservation.

The AGI has awarded more than 1,000 Minority Participation Program Geoscience Student Scholarships since the program began in the early 1970s. It is the longest running minority program in the geosciences.

Earlier this year, Moore-Nall received a 2010 Dennis and Phyllis Washington Native American Graduate Fellowship. She plans to use the fellowship to examine old uranium and vanadium mines in southern Montana and northern Wyoming to see if they affect water quality on the Crow Indian Reservation.