Michelle Knerr

Undergrad using scholarships to follow her dreams

Portrait of Michelle KnerrGrowing up on a family ranch near Lewistown, Michelle Knerr learned the importance of animal health care. Michelle, a senior at MSU and McNair Scholar, is majoring in animal science and says that she has plans to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.

In addition to being a McNair scholar, Michelle has received other awards including the Pride scholarship, the Campbell Family scholarship and College of Agriculture scholarships.

With the guidance of her McNair mentor, Dr. Jim Berardinelli, she has been assisting in research on health and survival factors of high-altitude ungulates. Their research of these free-range wildlife populations has implications for advancing the livestock industry.

“The foundation that I am building my career on as a veterinarian is based on the love and respect for animals that I learned early in life on my family’s ranch in Montana, dovetailed with a strong education from Montana State University.”

A full-time student and mother of a nine-year old daughter, Michelle is grateful for the scholarships she has received that have helped her attain a college degree. The financial support and research opportunities at MSU have enabled Michelle to show her daughter it is possible to accomplish your dreams.