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The VP Research Office has selected three new Presidential Scholars, Jane Johnson, Tiphani Lynn, and Jacquelyn Sweiger, as interns for the program "Undergraduate Research Internships for Enhancing Diversity in Science and Engineering" beginning Fall 2007.

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. Jane Johnson


Jane Johnson is interested in the fields of history, political science and environmental sciences.  She graduated from Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana as valedictorian with an International Baccalaureate diploma, and came to Bozeman for the educational opportunities and the beautiful location.  Jane worked at the Northwest Agricultural Research Center near Kalispell during high school.


Tiphani Lynn


Tiphani Lynn is a Great Falls native who loves literature, botany, chemistry, and cats. Her major is cell biology and neuroscience and English. In high school she was on the debate team and participated in peer mentoring programs. She enjoys spending time with her family and learning new things. She came to Montana State University for the clean air, green surroundings, and amazing hiking.

Jackie Sweiger


Jacquelyn Sweiger (her friends call her Jackie) is majoring in animal science with an emphasis on Veterinary Molecular Biology. She decided to attend Montana State University because it is a very small school compared to those in Florida (where she went to high school), and has a reputation for being a great place for undergraduate students especially those who are studying in the College of Agriculture. In her free time, Jackie enjoys drag racing, scuba diving, fire fighting, and playing music with her Quad-mates. She loves the mountains and is looking forward to an exceptional year at MSU.

Other Interns

Katy Hansen (Bozeman, MT), Erica Wineman (Livingston, MT), Krysta Buska (Helena, MT), and Pavielle Haines (Bozeman, MT) began their internships Fall 2006. Katy is spending her internship with Dr. Linda Young in Political Science on integration in the global economy, international political economy of trade in oil, transition of Chinese agriculture, and on agricultural export promotion projects. Erica did research for Dr. Bridget Kevane in Modern Languages for a book she is writing. Krysta is interning with Dr. Trevor Douglas in the Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials learning the various lab equipment and techniques, and specifically focusing on oxidative stress and a Dps-like protein from Sulfolobus solfataricus. Pavielle is interning for Dr. Jerry Johnson in Political Science researching how economics and politics interact.

Katie Baldwin (Bozeman, MT) was selected as an intern Fall 2005, then spent her second year in Germany, and has returned to complete her internship. Katie spent some of her internship updating the Women in Research and Teaching website ( She also identified funding opportunities for the Girls for a Change program. In March 2006 she traveled to Indonesia to work with the Girls World Summit team, where they gave a Girls International Forum survey to 200 girls and women to assess their needs and the communities in which they live. Upon her return, Katie gave a presentation, and talked about the survey used, her research methods, sensitive questions, and the quality of the survey. She has been reading articles and books on gender and science, and plans to interview women at MSU about how women’s input influences science.

Dana Kreitel (Ekalaka, MT) and Katie Stahley (Billings, MT) began their internships Fall 2004. Dana worked with Michele Hardy in Veterinary Molecular Biology using viruses to inhibit gene expression. Katie worked with the Montana Water Center analyzing water marketing laws in Western states. She wrote a short paper “Water Marketing 101: What Montana Can Learn from Other States About Water Banking.” She also worked at the Water Center updating educational trunk kits, and researched trading protocols for Susan Capalbo.

Keely Obert (Helena, MT) and Kristy Segal (Atlanta, GA) were selected as interns beginning Fall 2003. Keely spent her internship working with Jerry Stephens in Civil Engineering on his SACO Bridge Project. Kristy worked with Lisa Graumlich in the Big Sky Institute writing informational handouts on current science/resource issues.

2 page factsheet on all VP Interns