Montana State University

Office of Sponsored Programs

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172470
Bozeman, MT 59717-2470

Tel: (406) 994-2381
Fax: (406) 994-7951
Location: 309 Montana Hall


Sandy Sward

Murdock Partners in Science: host a high school teacher in your lab

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The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust offers summer stipends for high school science teachers to work in MSU labs. The Partners in Science program supports science teachers in labs for 8 weeks during two consecutive summers. Teachers receive stipends of $7500 per summer and PIs receive research help from dedicated, enthusiastic, and mature thinkers.

The goal of the program is to immerse high school science teachers in a research environment so that they can better translate and model how science is conducted to their students. It has been a very successful program, and MSU has been involved since 1994.

If you are interested, there is a two-part application process:

First, if you would like to be a mentor and host a teacher in your lab, please submit a short description of a project a high school teacher could take part in over two summers. This description should include 3-4 sentences of the work you do in your lab and an additional 2-3 sentences of the specific project the teacher would participate in. Make sure your descriptions are lay friendly as they will be sent to high school principals and science department chairs as needed to match teachers to labs. It is not necessary for you to identify a teacher; the Murdock Trust will collect names of teachers seeking these research opportunities and will provide those to MSU.  Send your project description to Sandy Sward by mid October.

Second, if you are matched with an interested teacher, you must complete a  3-page application and the teacher matched to your lab will complete a 2-page candidate statement. These will be submitted to the Murdock Charitable Trust for consideration. The deadline for completed applications is December 1, annually.  Please note that the normal business process of submitting your grant to the Office of Sponsored Programs still applies.

If you have not mentored a teacher in the past, you may want to speak with colleagues who have participated in the program over the years – a list of these colleagues can be obtained by emailing

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Sandy Sward. You can also check out more details about the program on the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust website.