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The VP Research Office has selected two new Presidential Scholars, Dana Kreitel and Katie Stahley, as interns for the program "Undergraduate Research Internships for Enhancing Diversity in Science and Engineering".

This program is part of a campus-wide effort to enhance diversity in the science fields and increase the number of women majoring in science and engineering, and to increase the opportunities for women to be involved in undergraduate research at MSU. It is designed to provide highly qualified undergraduate students with exposure to research in the sciences and engineering fields, and to gain some first-hand experience working with faculty and graduate students in many of the research labs or centers on campus.

Dana Kreitel

Dana Kreitel is a freshman majoring in cell biology and neuroscience with the biomedical sciences option and plans to study sports medicine. She graduated from Carter County High School (Ekalaka, MT) with a 4.0 GPA. She loves being active, whether it is in the form of playing basketball, running, skiing, or just being outside getting exercise. Her other hobbies include reading, music, and watching sports. She says she chose to come to Montana State University because of its stellar academic reputation and the excellent outdoor activities that the university and community has to offer.


Katie Stahley




Katie Stahley came to Montana State University to take advantage of the affordable education it will provide to her, along with extra opportunities such as this internship. Katie graduated from Billings West High School first in her class of 465 with a 4.0 GPA. She will major in political science at MSU. Katie loves almost everything outdoors. She backpacks, hikes, rock climbs, and skis – and loves that she can do all of this in the mountains in Bozeman’s backyard. Her visit to Costa Rica was the “best experience of her life.” She plans to study in Spain during college, and also wants to study other cultures and languages. Katie says that her favorite sport is Taekwondo (where she has earned a black belt).


Keely Obert and Kristy Segal were selected as interns last year. Last spring began Keely working with Jerry Stephens in Civil Engineering on his SACO Bridge Project. Kristy is spending her internship with Lisa Graumlich in the Big Sky Institute.