Research and Education Centers, Institutes & Programs

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Agricultural Experiment Station Research Centers
These centers conduct research on agriculture, natural resources and rural life and disseminate that information to Montanans.

Agricultural Marketing Policy Center
The Agricultural Marketing Policy Center sponsors research on agriculture and natural resource trade policies and their economic effects. It communicates this information to the public through various media.

American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO)
AIRO provides educational and research opportunities for American Indian students in career fields where they are significantly under-represented. AIRO is a consortium of Montana's seven tribal colleges (Blackfeet Community College, Dull Knife Memorial College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Salish Kootenai College, and Stone Child College) and MSU-Bozeman.

Animal Resources Center
The center is a modern, centralized, laboratory animal facility for the care, use and production of laboratory animals used in teaching, research and testing at MSU.

Aquatic Sciences Laboratory
The Aquatic Sciences Laboratory is a multipurpose research facility operated by the Montana University System Water Center at Montana State University - Bozeman campus. Originally established as the Wild Trout Research Laboratory in 1996, the facility was dedicated to whirling disease research. Recent major renovation now broadens the range of research that can be conducted at the facility.

Astrobiology & LIfe in Extreme Environments (ALEE)
The ALEE center is a multidisciplinary umbrella that incorporates the research and education of three extreme environment research centers. The Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center is focused on early Earth and the catalysts that changed Earth from an abiotic planet to a biological, living world;  the Cold Regions Research Center emphasizes cold regions geomicrobiology, and the Thermal Biology Institute is a world leader in Yellowstone high temperature geomicrobiology.

Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center
The MSU Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center is a multi-investigator and multi-institution research team and partner center in the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI).  ABRC's research is focused on early Earth and the catalysts that changed Earth from an abiotic, or non-living, planet to a biological, living world. This work supports NAI's goals in researching the origin and evolution of life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe.

Barley and Plant Biotechnology Programs
The MSU Sequencer Users' Group, EPSCoR Plant Biotechnology Group, Barley Genetics, P&S 541 and Barley Extension Homepages.

Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership
The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership is part of the National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) membership of regional partners that are working to create a nationwide network that will help determine the best approaches for capturing and permanently storing greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Bioinformatics Core Facility
The Bioinformatics Core Facility was established, and is largely maintained, through funds provided by Montana INBRE. Additional resources for the Bioinformatics Core have come from a consortium of groups on campus, including IGERT, COBRE, EPSCoR, CBIN, TBI, Department of Microbiology, the Functional Genomics Core Facility, and individual research labs. The mission of the Bioinformatics Core Facility is three-fold: maintain equipment and software for bioinformatic research, promote bioinformatics education on the MSU campus, and
provide training and support to biologists implementing bioinformatics tools in their research.

Burns Technology Center
The Burns Technology Center, a division of MSU Extended University, strives to create a more accessible and effective university for the 21st Century through public access to lifelong learning, especially for isolated individuals and communities. BTC studies how innovative technologies can enhance teaching and learning; build partnerships between MSU and public/private organizations; and better share MSU¹s resources through public outreach.

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Center for Biofilm Engineering
The Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) fosters a new approach to university engineering/ science education. Multidisciplinary research teams find solutions to and applications for bacterial communities called biofilms.

Center for Bison and Wildlife Health
This is a regional center for information exchange and research on all aspects of the biology and management of the American bison.

College of Nursing Office of Research
The College of Nursing Office of Research & Scholarship (CONORS) represents a centralized effort to strengthen research and scholarly productivity within the College.

Energy Research Institute(ERI)
The Montana State University Energy Research Institute is an umbrella for MSU's energy research and education programs, and encompasses more than 170 faculty, staff, and students working in fields such as clean-coal technology, fuel cells, wind, coal-bed methane, and biofuels.

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)  
EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, identifies, develops and utilizes the state's academic science and technology resources. The program is designed to stimulate local action that will result in lasting improvements to the state's academic research infrastructure and increased national R&D competitiveness.

Functional Genomics Core Facility
Located in 308 Cooley Lab on the Montana State University campus, the Functional Genomics Core Facility was established with funds provided by the National Science Foundation and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, with ongoing salary support from Montana INBRE. The Functional Genomics Core Facility provides support to academic investigators throughout Montana and the Rocky Mountain west, through instrumentation, applications and services.

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Image and Chemical Analysis Laboratory (ICAL)
ICAL provides analytical facilities for the physical, biological and engineering sciences. These facilities are open to both academic researchers and the general public.

International Programs Office
The Office of International Programs seeks to bring international education to the core of the academic and cultural life of MSU. In today's world, every student, regardless of his or her major, needs to graduate with knowledge of other cultures and languages in order to succeed.

Local Government Center
The center strengthens the capacities of Montana's local governments to deliver essential community services efficiently. The Center conducts on- and off-campus training programs, provides direct technical assistance and conducts applied policy research on community issues.

Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
The Local Technical Assistance Program fosters a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system by improving skills and knowledge of local transportation providers through training, technical assistance and technology transfer.

Montana and Northern Plains Troops-to-Teachers
The Montana and High Plains Region (Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming) Troops-to-Teachers Program assists qualified military personnel make the transition from the armed services to service in the classrooms of our schools.

Montana Area Health Education Center
(Montana AHEC) is one of six regional AHEC Centers of the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSM). AHECs provide educational programs for health care students and professionals and assistance in improving health care access.

Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit
Research at the Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit is problem oriented and provides our cooperators (Montana State University, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, U.S. Geological Survey) and other agencies with useful and practical information needed to understand and manage fishery resources in the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains.

Montana IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Opportunities (INBRE)
The Montana IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Opportunities offers faculty, undergraduate and graduate students throughout Montana enhanced research opportunities in the biomedical sciences.

Montana Institute on Ecosystems
The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) is a statewide community of scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance integrated ecosystem and environmental sciences and related fields. With operational hubs at Montana State University and The University of Montana, the IoE works across campuses, disciplines, and perspectives to provide science-based knowledge necessary to address environmental sciences topics, promote broader understanding of Montana's ecosystems, and foster solutions to pressing issues.

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
The center increases the competitiveness of Montana manufacturers through direct, unbiased engineering and managerial assistance in partnership with other public and private resources.

Montana Microfabrication Facility (MMF)
The MMF is a shared-use cleanroom laboratory at Montana State University, available to university students and faculty as well as extramural users.

Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH)
MORH works to improve the quality of life for all rural Montanans by

  1. Ensuring affordable, accessible, high quality health care,
  2. Facilitating enhanced self-care and supportive care in the rural home setting, and
  3. Promoting healthy lifestyles that prevent disease, disability and premature death.

The MORH seeks to improve the health care of all rural Montanans through advocacy, networking, partnerships, education, outreach, research, and service.

Montana Public Television - KUSM
Montana Public Television is the primary public television provider for the state of Montana. PBS services, instructional and outreach activities are provided to viewers throughout Montana through over-the-air broadcast and cable distribution. Montana Public TV is a service of Montana State University and the University of Montana.

Montana Space Grant Consortium
The consortium enhances aerospace research and education in Montana through research initiation grants, education enhancement grants, undergraduate research grants and a scholarship-fellowship program. The central consortium office acts as a statewide clearinghouse for information on NASA and other aerospace-related programs and takes an active role in alerting consortium faculty about opportunities in research and education with NASA and other space agencies.

Montana Water Center
The Center oversees water research, educates future water professionals and develops training materials for working water professionals. The Center is one of 54 located at land grant universities in each state, authorized by Congress through the Water Resources Research Act of 1964.

Museum of the Rockies
The Museum of the Rockies seeks to understand, preserve and interpret the natural and cultural history of the Northern Rocky Mountain region. It accomplishes its mission through research, collections, exhibits and programs for the education and entertainment of people of all ages.

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Northern Plains Transition to Teaching
The Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program moves seasoned professionals with established records of excellence into new careers in public school classrooms.

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
The Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NRMSC), formed by the U.S. Geological Survey, conducts integrated, interdisciplinary research in support of natural resource management in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Optical Technology Center (OpTeC)
OpTeC conducts research in the rapidly growing field of electro-optics. Multidisciplinary research teams work with industry and other research centers to find solutions to industry problems and discover new application potentials in optical fields.

Plant Growth Center
The Plant Growth Center includes 29 greenhouses environmentally controlled by microcomputers, an insect quarantine unit, an indoor arboretum, labs and classrooms.

Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE)
Wildfire PIRE is an NSF Partnership on International Climate, Fire, and People which focuses on the causes and consequences of fire.This interdisciplinary partnership brings together an array of fire scientists and managers and strives to be a leader in interdisciplinary discovery, education, and engagement focused on wildfire in temperate ecosystems on multiple continents.

Renne Libraries
The Libraries of Montana State University-Bozeman offer research and information resources to over 10,500 students and 700 faculty members, as well as serving Montana citizens and the state's business community. The Libraries are a part of the Montana State University System Libraries.

Science Math Resource Center
The Science Math Resource Center (SMRC) sponsors professional development in science and mathematics education for MSU faculty, supports summer and school year opportunities in math and science for K-12 teachers and their students, and sponsors public awareness opportunities. The SMRC also promotes and funds the science Olympiad which brings 1,100 MT middle and high school students to campus each year.

Spatial Sciences Center
The Spatial Sciences Center (SSC) promotes and supports basic and applied research incorporating geographic information science, remote sensing, global positioning system, and spatial analysis; supports and facilitates undergraduate and graduate courses in spatial sciences offered through departments within MSU; and promotes the application of spatial sciences throughout MSU through outreach to faculty and staff.

Spectrum Lab
The Spectrum Lab was established in 1999 to do state of the art research and development in optical electronics, to transition that new technology to Montana corporations and to provide enhanced educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

TechLink Center
TechLink helps the private sector commercialize NASA, federal laboratory, and university technologies, to solve industry problems, to create or exploit business opportunities, and to stimulate economic development in the five-state region of Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Thermal Biology Institute
The Montana State University Thermal Biology Institute (TBI) is a multidisciplinary program for studying thermal biology. The long-term goal is to understand how organisms respond and adapt to unique physical and chemical features of the thermal environment.

Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
The Western Transportation Institute’s mission is to make rural travel and transportation safer, more convenient and more accessible through research, development and testing, education and technology transfer.  WTI has a broad focus of addressing everyday rural challenges, which encompass infrastructure, materials, corrosion, winter maintenance, transportation planning, engineering, human factors and ergonomics, ecology, Intelligent Transportation Systems and systems engineering.  WTI research partners include over 45 states and 16 international countries.  

Women in Research and Teaching
This site highlights the research and instructional accomplishments of women at MSU-Bozeman. It includes updates on grant opportunities for women as well as events, workshops and diversity links.

Zero Emissions Research and Technology (ZERT)
Zero Emissions Research and Technology is a virtual center that researches and develops basic geologic sequestration science.

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