Montana State University
Awards and Recognitions for Women at MSU

Mary Murphy to receive Governor's Humanities award June 12 at MSU
MSU history professor Mary Murphy will receive a Governor's Humanities award on June 12. Murphy and Walter Fleming, Native American studies professor and chairman of MSU's Native American Studies Program, were among seven recipients of Governor's Humanities Awards announced in January. (6/13)
Engineering professor wins Fulbright Scholarship to Finland
Darla Goeres, assistant research professor with Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering, will head to Finland next winter for a six-month exchange as a Fulbright scholar. She will be working on biofilm testing at a pharmaceuticals lab in Turku, Finland. (4/13)
MSU student's research on bio-cement selected as one of the top posters in U.S.
Neerja Zambare, a senior from Pune, India, majoring in both chemical engineering and biological engineering, was selected as one of the country's undergraduate researchers for her poster about a bio-cement that effectively plugs cracks near wells and drilling sites. Robin Gerlach and Ellen Lauchnor mentored Zambare in her work researching a bio-cement that effectively plugs cracks near wells and drilling sites that won Zambare selection into the country's top research fair for undergraduate research posters. (4/13)
Rocket science leads to major fellowship for MSU grad student
MSU Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student Vanessa Murray recently won a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, which gives her a $30,000 stipend for each of three years, up to $1,000 a year for medical insurance and pays her MSU tuition for three years. She studies the chemical reactions that occur when rockets return to Earth under advisor Tim Minton. (4/13)
MSU wins more prestigious Goldwater Scholarships
Alissa Bleem from Fort Collins, Colo. and Natasha Pettinger from Laramie, Wyo., are among the four honors students who received the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. MSU has now received 58 Goldwater Scholarships, keeping the university one of the nation's top institutions for numbers of recipients. The scholarship gives each student up to $7,500 a year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. (4/13)
L&S faculty, staff and students receive college's top awards on April 16
Six women faculty and students are among the recipients of the College of Letters and Science top awards presented on April 16. Susan Cohen, history and philosophy, received the Letters and Science Award for Meritorious Research and Creativity, Shawna Heiser, psychology, received a Letters and Science Outstanding Teaching Award, Natalie Scheidler, history and philosophy, and Olga Vsevolozhskaya, math sciences, have won Letters and Science Graduate Teaching Awards, and Cassandra Balent, history and philosophy, and Sarah Barutha, physics, were honored with L&S Kathy Griffith Employee Excellence Awards. (4/13)
MSU Employee Recognition Awards
Wendy Rivers, College of Education, Health and Human Development, and Billy Dubois, Registrar's Office, were among those who received 2013 Employee Recognition Awards from MSU President Waded Cruzado at ceremonies held Tuesday, April 2. (3/13)
MSU's Clark honored as Newman Civic Fellow
Danielle "Dani" Clark of Livingston, Montana State University's student lobbyist, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow honoring student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. (3/13)
MSU Engineering student wins $10,000 scholarship
Breeann Foran, a student in Montana State University's Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and MSU chapter president for ASHRAE, earned a $10,000 scholarship from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers. (3/13)
Mary Murphy and Walter Fleming receive Governor's Humanities Awards
Mary Murphy, MSU history professor, and Walter Fleming, professor and chairman of the Department of Native American Studies, who are both recognized authors and speakers as well as MSU professors, are two of seven recipients of the prestigious 2013 Governor's Humanities Awards. These awards are honoring achievement in humanities scholarship, service and enhancement of public appreciation of the humanities. (1/13)
MSU honors top faculty
Thirteen women faculty, researchers and administrators are among the Montana State University 2013 faculty awards announced at the Spring Convocation on January 10th. Jessi Smith, psychology, was awarded a Cox Family Awards for Creative Scholarship and Teaching, Susan Cohen, history and philosophy, won a Charles and Nora L. Wiley Faculty Award for Meritorious Research and Creativity, Sheila Nielsen-Preiss, director of the Health Professions Advising Office and research professor in immunology and infectious diseases, won an inaugural Academic Advising Award, Bethany Letiecq, health and human development, received the Betty Coffey Award, Carolyn Wenger, nursing (MSU-Billings), won an inaugural President's Award for Excellence in Service Learning, Linda Young, political science, was selected for a Anna K. Fridley Distinguished Teaching Award given by the Phi Kappa Phi honorary, Glenna Burg, nursing, won an Excellence in Online Teaching Award, Maire O'Neill, architecture, was selected for a Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring, Betsy Danforth, women's center, was awarded the inaugural President's Commission on the Status of University Women Award, Laura Black, business, received the Women's Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award, Florence Dunkel, plant sciences and pathology and, Christina Hayes, mathematical sciences, were each awarded an 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award, Laura Humberger, associate vice president for financial services, has won the inaugural Firefly Award of Excellence. (1/13)

Mary Burrows received the APLU Western Region Award for Excellence in Extension
U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension presented Excellence and Diversity Awards at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities meeting. Western Region: Dr. Mary Burrows, associate professor and Extension plant pathology specialist, Montana State University, was a recipient of 2012 Regional Awards for Excellence in Extension for creating effective programs in plant disease control in rural areas and in pest management in the home landscape.(12/12)
MSU's Collaer wins national travel fellowship to Saudi Arabia
Shannon Collaer, a sophomore at MSU from Idaho Falls, Idaho, majoring in both history and religious studies, has been selected for a national Model Arab League delegation that will tour Saudi Arabia following the fall semester. This is the second travel opportunity provided to Collaer as a member of MSU's successful Model Arab League debate team. Following last spring's national competition, the U.S. State Department invited Collaer to an intensive Arabic language program in Tunisia. (11/12)
MSU director of Health Promotion takes on national role
Jenny Haubenreiser, director of Health Promotion at Montana State University, is currently serving as board president of the American College Health Association, an organization that provides knowledge, skills, professional development, networking, and national-level advocacy in support of the college health professionals who work to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation's 19 million college students. (11/12)
National engineering honor society recognizes CBE faculty member
Abbie Richards, assistant professor, chemical and biological engineering, was selected as the 2012 National Outstanding Advisor from the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. In addition to this national award, Richards also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from MSU's College of Engineering for 2011-12 academic year. Richards' research has covered biofilm growth in extreme environments and exploring ways that microbes might be used to clean contaminated soils. She earned her doctorate in chemical engineering from Washington State University in 2007. ontana State University entomologist Florence Dunkel has won the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Entomological Society of America. She will receive the award during the organization's 60th annual meeting to be held Nov. 11-14 in Knoxville, Tenn. (10/12)
Dunkel receives national teaching award
Montana State University entomologist Florence Dunkel has won the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Entomological Society of America. She will receive the award during the organization's 60th annual meeting to be held Nov. 11-14 in Knoxville, Tenn. (9/12)
MSU professor wins national advising award
Abigail Richards, assistant professor at Montana State University, has won the Outstanding Advisor Award from the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. Richards, who joined the faculty of MSU's Chemical and Biological Engineering Department in 2007, said it means a lot to be recognized for helping students craft their degrees. (8/12)
MSU education, health and human development faculty, staff and students honored
Three women faculty were among those receiving awards. Betsy Palmer received the Outstanding Research Award, Adina Smith received the Outstanding Service Award and Beth Rink received the Outstanding Research Award. (5/12)
MSU's Schmidt selected Female Young Professional of the Year
Chelsea Schmidt of the Montana State University Office of Communications recently was named Female Young Professional of the Year by the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group. (4/12)
MSU President honored by Montana ambassadors as Educator of the Year
Montana State University President Waded Cruzado received the 2011 "Michael P. Malone" Educator of the Year award from the Montana Ambassadors at its 2012 Annual Meeting and Conference in Billings on Thursday, March 22. The Montana Ambassadors is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization whose members are appointed by the Governor and serve as official Ambassadors of the State of Montana to assist the Montana Department of Commerce and the Governor's Office of Economic Development with their business, trade and tourism promotion activities. (3/12)
Recent MSU graduate wins prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Hilary Fabich of Livingston is one of 40 Americans who have received a 2012 Gates Cambridge scholarship for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. Fabich, who recently graduated from MSU with a degree in chemical engineering, will earn a doctorate while researching advanced technologies of magnetic resonance imaging. Her MSU mentors were professors Sarah Codd and Joe Seymour. (2/12)

MSU honors top faculty
Five women faculty and researchers are among the Montana State University 2012 faculty awards announced at the Spring Convocation on January 10th. Joanne Erickson, Education, was awarded a Cox Family Awards for Creative Scholarship and Teaching, Mary Burrows, plant science/plant pathology was selected as a 2012 recipient of MSU's Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award, Sarah Codd, professor of mechanical engineering, won this year's undergraduate research/creativity mentoring award and also the 2012 Women's Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award, Leah Schmalzbauer, sociology, was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award and also the Anna K. Fridley Distinguished Teaching Award given by the Phi Kappa Phi honorary, and Sara Rushing, political science, received the Betty Coffey Award. (1/12)
Connelly wins summer internship to People magazine in national student design competition
Whit Connolly of Ennis, a senior in graphic design at Montana State University, has won a summer internship at People Magazine as one of the top five finishers in a student design competition sponsored by the Society of Publication Designers. (5/11)

MSU professor receives Teacher Fellow Award
An associate professor of horticulture at Montana State University was recently awarded a Teacher Fellow Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Tracy Dougher received the award in June at a ceremony in Alberta, Canada. The Teacher Fellow Award recognizes individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. (7/11)

Recent MSU grad, aspiring teacher receives national fellowship
Jena Burke of Bozeman said she never knew the Constitution was so interesting and relevant until she took a history course from Montana State University professor Robert Rydell. Now the aspiring teacher and spring graduate in history has won a national James Madison Fellowship that will teach her more about the history and principles of the Constitution so she can inspire her own students. (7/11)
Recipients announced for latest Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowships at MSU
Two doctoral students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at MSU have been awarded 2011 Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowships. Amy Servid and Alison O'Neil, who both work in Trevor Douglas' lab, will each receive $5,000 to support their research, including expenses such as travel to meetings or for instruction, books, supplies and special research services. Both will give a Kopriva Student Research Lecture during the 2012-2013 academic year. (7/11)
Three from MSU receive Fulbright Fellowships
Three recent MSU graduates will spend a year abroad as recipients of Fulbright Fellowships. Dan Cornish of Butte will teach in Turkey, Jayme Kreitinger of Manhattan, Mont., will conduct research in Jordan and Sasha Dingle, a freeskier and honors student from Jericho, Vt., will teach in Vietnam as recipients of the prestigious fellowship. "A Fulbright is a very prestigious award, extremely well-known all around the world," Sally O'Neill, Fulbright Program adviser in the MSU Office of International Programs, said. "Being a Fulbright grantee opens doors for your professional career. (7/11)
MSU's Rushing wins Contemporary Political Theory annual prize
Sara Rushing, a political science professor at Montana State University, won the Contemporary Political Theory journal's annual prize. Rushing won the honor for her article, "Preparing for Politics: Judith Butler's Ethical Dispositions." The article was published in the August edition of the journal, which is based in the United Kingdom. Rushing will receive £500 for the article, which the judges describe as "elegantly systematic, insightful and eloquently argued." The article is part of a book project that Rushing is writing that looks at the quality of humility in American politics. Rushing is a specialist in contemporary political theory and has a background in feminist identity politics. Rushing has taught at MSU since 2008. She is also the outgoing chairwoman of the MSU Women's Faculty Caucus. (7/11)
MSU student fellowship may improve fish ladders
Montana State University student Katey Plymesser stands next to a hydraulic plume used as a teaching tool and to calibrate simple computer models. Plymesser was awarded a fellowship to study how fish navigate certain fishways, or fish ladders. Katey Plymesser, a doctoral candidate in civil engineering, was one of only 14 students nationally chosen as a Hydro Research Foundation fellow. The Foundation's $94,000 award will fund two years of research for Plymesser. (6/11)
MSU architecture student from Paradise wins international competition with Butte essay
Milenka "Kali" Jirasko of Paradise, Mont. was one of three international winners of the Berkeley Prize Travel Fellowship Competition She won a $3,200 travel stipend to allow her to research sacred spaces that are open to the public. She plans to do research at the former Auschwitz concentration camp in rural Poland this summer. Jirasko said she was required to enter the competition for a class that she took last fall taught by MSU architecture professor Maire O'Neill. (6/11)
MSU student from Sandpoint recognized for civic service with national award
Jamie Diehl, a senior at Montana State University from Sandpoint, Idaho, has been selected for a Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizing college student leaders who make a difference in their communities. (5/11)
Trio of female Chemical Engineering seniors win top NSF graduate fellowship
Nicole Schonenbach, Chandra Macauley and Kate Morrissey are three women who share friendship, a chemical engineering major, and now a bright future as recipients of the National Science Foundation's prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship. It is unusual for one department to have three winners of the prestigious fellowship that pays $30,000 plus tuition and fees annually for graduate research, according to Ron Larsen, head of MSU's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. (5/11)
L&S Faculty, staff and students receive college's top awards on April 25, 2011
The Montana State University College of Letters and Science honored the recipients of the college's annual awards at a ceremony on April 25. Women earning awards are: Jessi Smith, psychology, receives Letters and Science Award for Meritorious Research and Creativity. Sara Rushing, political science, and Susan Gibson, cell biology and neuroscience, will receive Letters and Science Outstanding Teaching Awards. Corinne Casolara, mathematical sciences has won a Letters and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award. Tracy Knudson, modern languages and literatures, and Jennifer Storment, microbiology, will be honored with L&S's Kathy Griffith Employee Excellence Award. Finally, Deborah Blanchard, English, and Emily Kobos, chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. This award is presented to the top two seniors in the college. (4/11)
MSU student wins first place in a national science and engineering competition
A Montana State University student who grew up on a ranch between Cut Bank and Browning beat out students from across the country to win first place in a national science and engineering competition recently. Jordan Kennedy, amechanical engineering sophomore and first generation descendent of Blackfeet, won first in both the oral and poster presentation at the National American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) conference in Albuquerque in November. (1/11)
MSU graduate student receives EPA fellowship
Mariah Mayfield, a Montana State University graduate student in ecology, was one of two Montanans and 10 master's degree students in the nation to receive a 2010 STAR award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Mayfield will use the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship to support her research evaluating the fisheries restoration potential of the Upper Clark Fork River Superfund site between Butte and Missoula. The award comes with a stipend of $37,000 per year for up to two years. (1/11)
Smith receives NSF grant to study Native American women's success in science, technology
Jessi L. Smith, a psychology professor at Montana State University, recently received a $217,859 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study that may provide insights into how to help promote success for Native American students studying science, math and engineering. Smith and Anneke Metz, a former MSU psychology professor now at the University of Southern Illinois, have teamed up on the project. The two are working to understand how the gender experience impacts Native American student success in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Native Americans, particularly female Native Americans, are under-represented in the fields and Smith and Metz hope to provide insights on how Native women going into the fields can stay and become successful. (1/11)
MSU faculty honored for teaching, research achievements
Six women faculty and researchers are among the winners of the top Montana State University 2011 faculty awards announced this week. Christiana Stoddard, Agricultural Economics and Economics, was awarded a Cox Family Faculty Excellence Award, Jill Davis, English, received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award, Lynda Sexson, English, won this year's Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring Award, Kathleen Schachman, Nursing, received the Excellence in Online Teaching Award, Leah Schmalzbauer, Sociology, received a Betty Coffey Award, and Cathy Zabinski, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, received the Women's Faculty Caucus Distinguished Mentor Award. (12/10)
MSU's Hansen plans to use Rhodes Scholarship to study water policy in the world's neediest areas
Katy Hansen, whose long-held desire to serve gained focus when she became involved with the efforts of Montana State University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, will have the opportunity to impact water policy on a grander scale as a result of her selection as a recipient of a 2011 Rhodes Scholarship, arguably the most prestigious scholarship in the world. Hansen learned of her award Saturday at regional finalist interviews in Seattle. She is one of just 32 U.S. recipients of the Rhodes, given by the Rhodes Trust for advanced study at Oxford University, one of the world's most distinguished universities. (11/10)
MSU graduate wins prestigious National Institutes of Health fellowship
Recent MSU graduate Bridgett McNulty's $30,000 fellowship will fund a year of research at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. She will work in an NIH researcher's laboratory, studying the molecular and cellular factors in the development of the inner ear. (7/10)
Wherry receives national award for book chapter on distance learning
Peg Wherry of Montana State University's Extended University recently received a national award as co-author of a book chapter on distance learning. Wherry, along with collaborator Deborah Windes of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received the 2010 Elizabeth Powell Award from the Distance Learning Community of Practice of the University Continuing Education Association. The Powell award recognizes articles, book chapters or papers published in 2009 that make significant contributions to research in the field of distance education. (6/10)
Two MSU students engineer Boren awards for international study
Katy Hansen, a recent MSU industrial engineering graduate from Bozeman, is the first MSU student to win a Boren Fellowship for graduate students. She will receive a $30,000 award to study water management in Israel and the Middle East. Lara Wabrek, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering from Pocatello, Idaho, was named a Boren Scholar, which is for undergraduates. Wabrek will spend the spring 2011 semester at the Austral University in Valdivi, Child on the prestigious award for international studies sponsored by the State Department. (6/10)
MSU faculty receive 2010 awards
Seven women faculty and researchers are among the winners of the top Montana State University 2009 faculty awards announced at the University Honors Banquet May 7. Mary Cloninger, Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded a Cox Family Faculty Excellence Award. Wendy Stock, Agricultural Economics and Economics, received the 2010 James and Mary Ross Provost's Award for Excellence. Lisa Eckert, English, received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award. Kristin McGarity, Music, received the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity mentoring. Frances Lefcort, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, received the Wiley Award for Meritorious Research. Jessi L. Smith, Psychology, received the Betty Coffey Award, and Ada Giusti, Modern Languages, won the Anna K. Fridley Distinguished Teaching Award given by the Phi Kappa Phi honorary. (5/10)
L&S Faculty, staff and students receive college's top awards on April 26
The Montana State University College of Letters and Science honored the recipients of the college's annual awards at a ceremony on April 26. Women earning awards were: Carla Riedel, physics, and Ada Giusti, modern languages and literatures, received Letters and Science Outstanding Teaching Awards. Lisa Musgrave, cell biology and neuroscience, and Jennifer Smith, chemistry and biochemistry, were honored with the L&S's Kathy Griffith Employee Excellence Award. Finally, Zuzu Feder, English, and Emily Buckhouse, chemistry and biochemistry, received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, an award presented to the top two seniors in the college. (5/10)
Donnelly recognized as regional advising administrator of the year
Diane Donnelly, director of Montana State University's Academic Advising Center, has won the Region 8 Advising Administrator of the Year award from the National Academic Advising Association. Donnelly has been an adviser in the MSU University Studies Academic Advising Center for 15 years. She has been a driving force in moving the University Studies advising office from its role in serving only undeclared students to its current role serving as the university-wide advising center. (2/10)
MSU nursing professor receives outreach award
Montana State University College of Nursing professor Clarann Weinert recently received a National Network of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region Express Outreach Award. The award is for an ongoing project, Health Enhancement for Rural Elderly. The program is designed to improve the health literacy of rural seniors so that they can make well-informed health care decisions, better manage their own self-care and enhance their overall health and well-being. The project is being conducted in four rural eastern Montana communities. David Young, a professor in MSU's Extension Service, and Mary Anne Hansen, a professor in MSU's Renne Library, are collaborators on the project. (1/10)
MSU faculty honored for teaching, research achivements
Seven women faculty and researchers are among the winners of the top Montana State University 2009 faculty awards announced at the University Honors Banquet May 8. Michele Hardy, Veterinary Molecular Biology, was awarded a Cox Family Faculty Excellence Award, Anne Christensen, College of Business, and Kristen Intemann, History and Philosophy, received the President's Distinguished Teacher Award, Mary Cloninger, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity mentoring, Jennifer Luebeck, Mathematical Sciences, received the Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award, Cathy Whitlock, Earth Sciences, received the Wiley Award for Meritorious Research, and Susan Kollin, English received a Betty Coffey Award. (5/09)
MSU nursing professor receives award for rural nursing research contributions
Clarann Weinert, a professor in MSU's College of Nursing, has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to rural nursing research. The Rural Nurse Organization and the Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) representatives presented the award June 4 at the Rural Nurse Organization conference in Boise, Idaho. (6/09)
MSU graduate student wins $90,000 fellowship from National Science Foundation
Janice Lucon, will receive an NSF annual stipend for three years to fund her research at MSU. She won the Graduate Research Fellowship based on her abilities, accomplishments, and potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of science and engineering in the U.S., according to the NSF. Her research has the potential to make a difference in how light is harvested for alternative energy applications (5/09)
International range group tags Brewer as "outstanding"
Tracy Brewer, MSU Extension agent in Park County, received the Outstanding Young Range Professional Award at the Society for Range Management 62nd Annual Meeting in Albuquerque in February. (4/09)
Jen Grace wins Student Emmy for children's eco film
Jen Grace, graduate film student at MSU, received a Student Emmy March 21 in ceremonies in Los Angeles for her 17-minute children's film about worldwide amphibian declines and environmental toxins. (3/09)
Ivie English receives 'Torley' award for community involvement
The 'Torley' award, named for the late MSU alumnus Torlief "Torley" Aasheim, recognizes male and female senior students who, in addition to excelling academically, volunteer on campus and in the community. (2/09)
MSU nursing professor receives grant to work with Blackfeet Tribe
MSU nursing professor Yoshiko Colclough has received a $106,782 grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to work with the Blackfeet Tribe about alleviating pain and suffering resulting from serious injury, especially cancer. (1/09)
Michele Hardy, Mark Jutila, and Dave Pascual receive $6 million to analyze alternative medicines
Montana State University researchers will receive $6 million over five years to study alternative medicines that target the intestine and lungs, university recipients announced Wednesday. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health, will provide MSU with $1.2 million a year for three new research projects in the Department of Veterinary Molecular Biology. Each project will examine a different approach to the use of alternative medicine. (10/08)
Obbink elected to national educational technology board
Kim Obbink, director of Montana State University's Extended University, has been elected to the steering committee for WCET, the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications. Obbink was voted into the three-year position by WCET's membership in October. (12/08)
Mann received lifetime award from Indian educators
Henrietta Mann, Montana State University professor emeritus in Native American Studies, received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Indian Education Association in ceremonies held October 25. (10/08)
From Munich to Montana, Kahler hits high notes in opera career
Olivia Kahler, an MSU student from Whitefish, has trained and sung with opera companies in Europe. She made her American debut in the Intermountain Opera's "Die Fledermaus" on Oct. 10 and 12 in Bozeman. (10/08)
Two people named to the Montana 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame
Don Greytak of Havre and Bev Wallace of Bozeman have been named to the Montana 4-H Foundation's Hall of Fame. Wallace was a Montana State University Extension agent in Gallatin and grew up in Rosebud and Treasure counties. As an agent, she helped 4-H youth as part of her job, but she took that help "above and beyond" the professional level. (9/08)
MSU nursing professor receives distinguished educator award
Clarann Weinert, a professor in MSU's College of Nursing, has been named the recipient of The Ohio State University Nursing Alumni Society Mildred E. Newton Distinguished Educator Award for 2008. The award recognizes a graduate whose personal integrity and commitment to nursing education, advancement of nursing science through research and publication, or exemplary practice of nursing contributes significantly to the recruitment and preparation of the next generation of nurses. The awards presentation is Friday, Sept. 5. (8/08)
MSU film graduate wins Student Emmy for film about a little mother with a big impact
Katy Garton Magruder picked up her College Television Award, commonly known as the Student Emmy, at ceremonies in Los Angeles this spring. Magruder, a recent graduate of MSU's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program, won second place in the documentary category for a loving and unflinching film about her mother's last year. This award-winning film is about her mother's death, but what makes the film unforgettable is what it says about life. (7/08)
MSU library receives Fulbright to help set up new national library in Bahrain
Elaine Peterson, an associate professor and information systems specialist at Montana State University's Renne Library, has won a Fulbright Senior Specialists project award to travel to Bahrain. While there, Peterson will help develop a new national library located in Riffa, just south of Bahrain's capital city of Manama. (6/08)
MSU filmmaking studentswin Fulbright scholarships
Maria Tucker Frostic and Kelly Matheson, two recent graduate students in Montana State University's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program, recently have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships. Frostic, a graduate of the program, has been awarded a Fulbright to make a film about puffins in Iceland. Matheson, who is completing her degree, will go to the Republic of Congo to study films' effect on policy, practice and law. (6/08)
MSU student receives Fulbright to teach in Germany
Cathy Heidner, who graduated from MSU this spring with degrees in secondary education and modern languages/German, will spend 10 months as a teacher's assistant in Saxony, a German state in the eastern part of the country. (6/08)
Hudson awarded for clinical training program
Barbara Hudson, director of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Montana State University, recently received the 2008 National Omicron Sigma Award from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The program begins this summer, with students attending classes at MSU, then working in hospitals around Montana. (5/08)
MSU student Sarah Lukes receives NSF research fellowship
Sarah Lukes is working on her doctorate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Now she has received a research fellowship from the National Science Foundation which will provide up to $121,000 over three years. Lukes, a native of Casper, Wyo., was MSU's top engineering student in 2005, will work to improve the focus controls on optical instruments used in surgery. She will work in the Montana Microfabrication Facility at MSU and apply her understanding of mechanical systems to catheter-based microscopy. Her advisor is David Dickensheets. (5/08)
MSU names Cathy Conover vice president
Senior administrator Conover has been elevated to the level of vice president in recognition of her leadership, responsibility and contribution to the university. She will be vice president of communications and public affairs. Conover manages all media and state governmental relations for MSU, directs the Office of Communications and Public affairs, and is the MSU spokesperson and lobbyist. She has represented MSU during the last five sessions of the Montana Legislature. (5/08)
2008 Harold Watling Scholarship recipients chosen
The Harold Watling Scholarships recognize outstanding achievement by an undergraduate senior in the premedical curriculum at Montana State University. This year's recipients are Kira Bersanti (Butte) who will graduate this spring with a degree in biomedical sciences, and Stephanie Kay Thomas (Hysham) who graduated in December 2007 with a degree in biomedical sciences. (4/08)
Weinert receives a 2008 Recognition Award
Clarann Weinert, professor at Montana State University's College of Nursing, has been selected to receive the 2008 Recognition Award from Zeta Upsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International. The award is in recognition of superior achievement and scholarship, outstanding leadership qualities and high professional standards. Weinert is a Sister of Charity and fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, as well as holding a doctoral degree and being a registered nurse. (4/08)
Groseth named President and CEO of Alumni Association
As a result of a recent review of the Alumni Association at Montana State University, the Alumni Board of Directors has made several structural changes. One of the changes is to recognize Jaynee Drange Groseth, the Executive Director of Alumni Relations, as the President and CEO of the Alumni Association. (4/08)
Kay Chafey wins Woman of Achievement Award
Kathleen Chafey, professor emeritus at Montana State University's College of Nursing, has received the 2008 Woman of Achievement Award from Bozeman Business and Professional Women. The award recognizes the important contributions of women and was presented to Chafey during a ceremony at the Bozeman Public Library March 4. (4/08)
2008 Harold watling Scholarship recipients chosen
The Harold Watling Scholarships recognize outstanding achievement by an undergraduate senior in the premedical curriculum at Montana State University. This year's recipients are Kira Bersanti (Butte) who will graduate this spring with a degree in biomedical sciences, and Stephanie Kay Thomas (Hysham) who graduated in December 2007 with a degree in biomedical sciences. (4/08)
Physics professor Jiong Qiu wins NSF CAREER award
In January Professor Jiong Qiu was selected to receive an NSF CAREER grant award, an extremely prestigious award targeted at early career faculty. Dr. Qiu's project is funded by NSF's Division of Atmospheric Sciences and is entitled "CAREER: Magnetic Reconnection--An Observational Investigation". She will quantitatively determine the topology and energetics of solar magnetic reconnection from observations. She will develop and implement new techniques for analyzing state-of-the-art observations of solar flare evolution and magnetic fields, obtained by ground-based observatories as well as by spacecraft. Dr. Qiu expects the practical outcome of her innovations to be an upgraded campus observing system, a new laboratory manual, and a significantly improved astronomy course syllabus. (3/08)
Reception and program in honor of Women's History Month set for March 25
A reception and program in honor of the national Women's History Month is set for Tuesday, March 25, in SUB Ballroom B. The reception will begin at 5:30 pm, and the program will follow at 6 pm. The program will focus on MSU's Lady Bobcats and their achievements, and it will feature Lady Bobcats Coach Tricia Bader-Binford as the keynote speaker. In addition, the MSU Women's Center and the MSU Alumni Association will honor "Student of Acheivement" award winners. These students were selected for promoting equality, demonstrating leadership abilities, excelling in their school work, and serving as strong role models for their peers. (3/08)
Weinert selected for Western Institute of Nursing Distinguished Research Lectureship
Clarann Weinert, a professor in MSU's College of Nursing, has been selected for the Western Institute of Nursing Distinguished Research Lectureship for 2008. The award recognizes a senior investigator whose research has made substantial and sustained contributions to nursing. As part of the award, Weinert will deliver a keynote address at the Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Garden Grove, Calif. on April 13. (3/08)
'Green' wins gold: Film rooted in MSU collaboration
"Certain Green," a short film that is a collaboration between MSU professors Ilse-Mari Lee, music, and Theo Lipfert, media and theatre arts, won both a Gold Medal and a Director's Choice award at the Park City Film Music Festival, which celebrates the role of music in film. (2/08)
Haynes and Hunts receive 2007 Montana Association of Family and Consumer Science awards
Deborah Haynes, an MSU associate professor of consumer science, and Holly Hunts, MSU associate professor of family and consumer science education and extension, were honored in recognition of their outstanding professional contributions to the field through their involvement with the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. (6/07)
MSU students win design contest and New York magazine internships
Allison McLean, of Billings, a graphics design student at MSU, won first prize in the national contest for a four-page spread about rugby created for a sports magazine. Top finishes in the Society of Publication Designers Student Design Contest have earned Allison McLean of Billings a $2,500 cash prize and an internship at Marie Claire magazine. (5/07)
MSU honors top faculty members
Eight women faculty were among the winners of the top Montana State University 2007 faculty awards. Susan Cohen, assistant professor of religious studies, received the 2007 Cox Family Awards for Creative Scholarship and Teaching. Joan Broderick, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has won this year's Charles and Nora L. Wiley Faculty Awards for meritorious Research and Creativity. Mary Murphy, history professor, received the James and Mary Ross Provost's Award for Excellence. Agnieszka Bielinska-Kwapisz, visiting assistant professor of accounting, won the 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award. Kim Obbink, director of MSU's Extended University, has been selected as the 2007 a recipient of MSU's Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award. Beth Quinn, associate professor of sociology, won a undergraduate research/creativity mentoring award. Christiana Stoddard, assistant professor in agricultural economics/economics, won the 2007 Betty Coffey Award. Christie Johnson, associate professor of accounting, won the Anna K. Fridley Distinguished Teaching Award given by Phi Kapa Phi honorary. (5/07)
MSU students win design contest and New York magazine internships
Two Montana State University seniors majoring in graphic design will work at prestigious magazines in New York City this summer as a result of winning top honors in a national contest. Top finishes in the Society of Publication Designers Student Design Contest have earned Allison McLean of Billings a $2,500 cash prize and an internship at Marie Claire magazine and Beau Foor of Belgrade $500 plus an internship at Men's Health magazine. (4/07)
2007 Harold Watling Scholarship recipients announced
Students from Forsyth and Columbia Falls have received the 2007 Harold Watling Scholarships, which recognizes outstanding achievement by an undergraduate senior in the pre-medical curriculum at Montana State University. Madeline Turner of Forsyth was one of the recipients (4/07)
Becky Parker in Mathematics receives a Letters and Science Outstanding Teaching Award
Parker has been an adjunct faculty member with the department since 2001, specializing in statistics. She is the course supervisor for statistics 216, the second largest course on campus, with approximately 45 sections offered and 1,800 students enrolled per year. (4/07)
Fulbright allows MSU's Kollin to take the Western to the Middle East
Susan Kollin, a Montana State University English professor who specializes in the literature of the American West, will have a Middle Eastern perspective next year as she spends a year as a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in Cairo. Kollin received the Fulbright Fellowship to teach at American University in Cairo. (4/07)
Top seniors and faculty mentors honored with Excellence Awards
Forty-two of Montana State University's top seniors and their faculty or staff mentors were recognized Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the 25th annual Awards for Excellence Banquet. The MSU Alumni Association and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce sponsored the banquet. (2/07)
McDonald and Turner win MSU community involvement award
Tyrel McDonald of Geyser and Madeline Turner of Forsyth have received the Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Award at Montana State University. They were honored for commitment to volunteerism and outstanding volunteers while in school. (2/07)
Solar physicist shines, wins second Harvey Award for MSU
Jiong Qiu has won a major award for solar physicists who have made significant contributions early in their career. Qiu analyzes magnetic eruptions on the sun and brightness from the dark side of the moon. (1/07)
Clark appointed to national committee
Janet Clark, Director of the Center for Invasive Plant Management at MSU, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior to serve a three-year term on the Invasive Species Advisotry Committee of the National Invasive Species Council in Washington, DC. (11/06)
Montana students receive American Society of Women Accountants scholarships
Two students, Melissa Ostberg and Brea Ackerman, enrolled in the Montana State University College of Business have received scholarships from the American Society of Women Accountants. (6/06)
Outstanding Research Engineers
Three CBE-affiliated faculty and staff were recognized for research excellence at the May 2006 College of Engineering awards luncheon. Outstanding Research Award recipients were: Betsey Pitts, Center for Biofilm Engineering; Joe Seymour, Chemical and Biological Engineering; and Sarah Codd, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Betsey is the Center's Microscope Facilities Manager, training researchers how to use the imaging facilities and she is also a research associate working with Phil Stewart's Biofilm Control group. Sarah was appointed to the College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as assistant professor in the fall of 2005; Joe and Sarah co-direct the Magnetic Resonance Microscopy (MRM) laboratory at MSU. (6/06) View pictures at:
Michelle Flenniken receives Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Michelle Flenniken who recently completed her PhD in the lab of Dr. Trevor Douglas received a prestigious Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to conduct postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco. More information about her work can be found at: (5/06)
Kramer receives bronze medal for article
Bonita Peterson Kramer, professor of accounting at Montana State University's College of Business, has won an award in a national competition for an article she co-authored about the role of effective internal auditing in business. (5/06)
MSU honors top faculty
Four women faculty were among the winners of the top Montana State University 2006 faculty awards. Nancy Dodd, professor of management in the College of Business, received the James and Mary Ross Provost's Award for teaching and scholarship. Marsha Goetting, professor of economics and an Extension specialist received the Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award. Ilse-Mari Lee, Music professor, was recognized with a President's Excellence in Teaching Award. Kay Chafey, professor of nursing, was chosen for the Betty Coffey Award. (5/06)
Brittney Pollard wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
Three MSU Honors students have received Goldwater Scholarships, a prestigious national scholarship rewarding excellence in science and math. They are Eric M. Morschhauser of Wappinger Falls, N.Y., Brittney Pollard of Boise and Christoffer Renner of Bozeman. (3/06)
Johns and Orr win top architecture award for Chippewa-Cree plan
Ferd Johns, professor of architecture at Montana State University, and MSU architecture student Allison Orr, were among the eight winners of the American Institute of Architects' 2006 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design. They created a master plan for the Chippewa/Cree Reservation southwest of Havre. (1/06)
Pittendrigh wins national honor as student advocate
Adele Pittendrigh, Associate Dean of MSU's College of Letters and Science, was recognized as one of 10 national "Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates" by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience at the University of South Carolina and the Houghton Mifflin Company. (1/06)
MSU student wins Fulbright to make film about Soviet nuclear test site
A graduate student in MSU's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program has won a Fulbright to make a documentary film in Kazakhstan about a former Soviet atomic testing site and the effects of nuclear proliferation. (8/05)
MSU Spanish student awarded $5,000 Gilman Scholarship
Jayme Kreltinger, a senior at MSU, plans to use her scholarship to study Arabic and an Arabic dialect, as well as economics of developing countries, while she is at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco during 2005-06 academic year. (8/05)
Gudatis receives leadership award
Maggie Gudatis, computer systems analyst at Montana State University's College of Graduate Studies, will receive an international award for her leadership in making MSU's graduate theses and dissertations available on the Internet. (8/05)
Chafey selected for fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing
Kathleen Chafey was recently selected for Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her accomplishments within the nursing profession. The academy consists of nursing leaders in practice, education, research, management and policy making. Chafey, whose specialties are in public health, ethics and cultural diversity, will be inducted at the organization's annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona this November. (6/05)
Noll named as Alpha Lambda Delta's national adviser of the year
Mary Noll, retiring director of University Studies at MSU, was recently recognized as the outstanding adviser in the nation for Alpha Lambda Delta scholastic honorary. Noll has been adviser to the MSU chapter of ALD since 1988. (6/05)
Twelve Montana high school seniors win MSU's Presidential scholarships
Recipients of Presidential Scholarships receive an annual stipend of $2,000 plus a tuition waiver. The scholarship is renewable for four years based on maintaining superior academic standing at MSU. (6/05)
MSU faculty members honored by academic honorary
Cathy Cripps, plant sciences and plant pathology, Ilse-Marie Lee, music, and Susan Cohen, history, are among faculty at MSU inducted into the MSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest honorary. (5/05)
Sparks wins national PKP graduate fellowship
Katherine Anne Sparks of Plevna, who recently graduated with highest honors with a degree in agricultural business at Montana State University, has won a national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. (5/05)
Tracy Dougher and Catherine Zabinski receive teaching awards
Tracy Dougher, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, and Catherine Zabinski, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, are this year's co-recipients of the Teaching Award of Merit. (5/05)
MSU honors top faculty
Five women faculty were among the winners of the top Montana State University 2005 faculty awards. Janice Bowman, professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences and Gwen Morgan, a professor of English received Cox Awards for scholarships and teaching. Franke Wilmer, professor of Political Science, is a Wiley Award winner, Kimberly Myers, professor of English, has won the 2005 Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring, and Wendy Stock, professor of economics, was chosen for the Betty Coffey Award. (4/05)
MSU Women's Center announces 2005 Student of Achievement Awards
The Montana State University Women's Center and MSU Alumni Association honored a local student, Erin Cech, as one of 11 seniors who received a 2005 Student of Achievement Award. Erin is graduating in electrical engineering and sociology. The students were selected for enriching the MSU campus through hard work, compassion and activism. (4/05)
Julia Sharp wins teaching assistant award
Julia Sharp, a doctoral student in math, has been chosen to receive the 2005 award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University. Chosen from among 54 graduate teaching assistants, she will receive a $150 gift certificate and a certificate during the annual Letters and Science appreciation ceremony. The ceremony will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in Ballroom A of MSU's Strand Union Building. (4/05)
MSU film student wins prestigious Telly
Much of Kelly Matheson's course work has been from a classroom in the sky. From her unique perspective, she created a film that has won a prestigious Telly Award. The MSU graduate student filmed, directed and produced "Wings Over the Wild: LightHawk in Mesoamerica," a documentary about pilots who fly volunteer missions over vibrant and threatened lands. As a student in MSU's Science/Natural History Filmmaking Program, she chose a second-year film project that could help incite governments to preserve endangered places such as Costa Rica's sea turtle refuge, Tortuguero National Park. (4/05)
Micaela Buteler wins second in poster contest
Micaela Buteler, a master's degree student in entomology, recently won second place in the master's student poster competition at the Pacific Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America. She also belongs to the MSU entomology team that will represent the region in the national Linnean games to be held in November in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Buteler is a native of Neuquen, Argentina.(4/05)
Camper receives engineering award
Anne Camper, Associate Dean of Engineering, received the "American Consulting Engineers Council of Massachusetts Grand Conceptor Award." The award is given to a member of a project team (Evaluation of Ozone and Ultraviolet Light, funded by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority) that demonstrated the highest degree of engineering excellence and ingenuity. The project team consisted of consultants, university faculty, and drinking water treatment and distribution system personnel who collaborated on a project designed to test the feasibility of drinking water disinfection technologies.
Walsh selected top residence hall adviser in seven states
Maureen Walsh 's detail to planning and her organizational techniques helped her to win the Resident Hall Adviser of the Year award for the seven-state intermountain region of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. (12/04)
Chelsie Pattison named 2004 statewide lamb carcass contest winner
Pattison is a freshman at MSU in the pre-vet program from Glasgow, Mt. Her lamb was best of 450 lambs exhibited at Montana fairs. The contest was co-sponsored by MSU Extension and the Montana WOol Growers Association. (12/04)
Accomplished Muslim students are a PLUS on MSU campus
Sanaa Kiddi and Houssna Jabir, both of Rabat, Morocco, and Shaden Alamleh of Ramallah, Palestine, were selected from the best and brightest students in their countries for State Department scholarships at MSU. (11/04)
MSU Native American students receive national recognition
Mariam Stewart, Denean Standing and Khena Bullshields won national research awards recently at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference in San Antonio, Texas. They competed as part of a team from the American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO), a consortium of Montana's seven tribal colleges and MSU. (11/04)
Vinogradov receives NASA award
Aleksandra Vinogradov, Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, received a NASA Recognition Award for her work with Controlled Gossamer Structures Deployment and Stability using ERF. This award consists of a monetary award and a Certificate of Recognition. The award comes from the NASA Inventions and Contributions Board in recognition of Vinogradov's contribution to the National Space Program and to the mission of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA. (11/04)
4-H leader McCoy brings home national award
Elizabeth McCoy, director of program planning for Montana 4-H, was awarded a prestigious lifetime achievement award at a recent meeting of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents in Oklahoma City. (11/04)
Paul receives nutrition education award
Lynn Paul, MSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, received the 2004 Outstanding Member Award from the Weight Realities Division of the Society for Nutrition Education. (10/04)
Mary Noll recognized by Alpha Lambda Delta
Noll, director of University Studies at MSU, is one of five national winners of the 2004 Executive Director Award for Alpha Lambda Delta, the national freshman honor society. (10/04)
Designing architecture students win at national contest
The team of Marissa Hatcher, Shannon Peterson, Maisie Sulser, Eric Abrams, and Shawn Ronning's designing ways helped MSU sweep a national student design contest. They designed buildings for a desert community college. (10/04)
Staudohar named Outstanding Instructor
Conniue Staudohar, MSU's honors program instructor, was honored as the 2004 Outstanding Instructor for the University Studies First Year Seminar Program. She has taught for University Studies since 1998. In addition, she teaches for the College of Letters and Science and Honors Seminars. She received her Masters of Arts in History from MSU in 1992. (9/04)
Insect expert awarded for service to Montanans
Sue Blodgett has received the Distinguished Achivement Award in Extension from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America. Her work addresses agricultural problems related to entomology. (8/04)
Bonita Peterson receives Institute of Management Accountants award
Peterson co-wrote an article "10 Truths You Need to Know About Fraud," which was the cover story of Strategic Finance magazine in May. (8/04)
Ines Atmosukarto wins prestigious UNESCO fellowship for women in science
The only recipient in the geographic area including Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Atmosukarto, a graduate student from Indonesia, selected MSU to study with professor Gary Strobel on microbes that may have medicinal and agricultural benefits.
MSU grad awarded Fulbright to create Art without Borders
Alison Spain will spend eight months in Haiti intending to eradicate boundaries by making art accessible to those oppressed by poverty. (6/04)
Nichols named MSU College of Nursing dean
MSU has chosen Elizabeth Nichols, dean of the University of North Dakota College of Nursing, to be the next dean of MSU's College of Nursing. (6/04)
New director named for MSU's Animal Resources Center
Chris O'Rourke, a veterinarian for the laboratory animals at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is the new director of the Animal Resources Center at Montana State University. (6/04)
MSU College of Business faculty members honored at graduation ceremony
Bonita Peterson and Anne Christensen are among College of Business faculty who were recognized for their outstanding performances over the past year. (6/04)
Livingston grad receives 2004 Harold Watling Scholarship
Rae Stevenson received a Harold Watling Scholarship recognizing her outstanding achievement as a senior pre-medical student at Montana State University. (5/04)
Ashley Kay Fingarson selected for national journalism internship
MSU marketing student Ashley Kay Fingarson, from Atlanta was chosen for a 10-week journalism internship with the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She credits her experiences at PERC as one reason she was selected. (5/04)
Fluor Government Group gives $15,000 for College of Engineering women
Fluor Government Group is providing scholarship support to recruit and retain women in construction engineering. They also provide funds to support student leaders' travel to national conferences and to support outreach activities that encourage young women to consider careers in construction engineering. (5/04)
Graduate students Donna Garton and Alice Whiteman win top university awards
Donna Garton of Bozeman received the Outstanding Graduate Acheivement Award for Doctoral Students and Alice Whiteman of Helena and Lame Deer, has received the Outstanding Native American Graduate Achievement Award. Garton is a student in chemistry and biochemistry researching the properties of oxygen. Whiteman received her master's degree in public administration December 2003. (5/04)
Young and Codd receive National Science Foundation Fellowships
Linda Young, Ag Econ & Econ, and Sara Codd, Chem Engr, were awarded NSF ADVANCE Fellowships. The ADVANCE program is designed to increase participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce. Awards help individuals to develop an active, full-time independent academic career, and who experience career limitations because of situations such as the relocation of a spouse in a dual-doctoral couple. Young's $374,000 award recognizes her work in economic integration that explores the tension between the achievement of domestic policy goals and trade liberalization. Codd received a $387,000 award for her work as co-director of MSU's Magnetic Resonance Microscopy Laboratory. (4/04)
Top Faculty at MSU receive Faculty Awards
These annual awards honor achievement in faculty research, teaching, outreach and creative projects. Sharon Beehler, Bonita Peterson, Joanne Erickson, Yuka Hara, and Christian Sarver are among those to be honored on May 7. (4/04)
Conner and Schultz named Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Seniors
Kathryn Conner from Great Falls and Ellen Christina Schultz were recently named Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior, and Outstanding Senior, Honorable Mention, respectively. (4/04)
Faculty recognized during annual meeting of Phi Kappa Phi
Ann de Onis, Education, was honored by Phi Kappa Phi as the recipient of this year's Anna K. Fridley Excellence in Teaching Award. De Onis and Charlene Winter, Nursing, were inducted into the MSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honorary, which recognizes excellence and distinction in all academic and applied fields, and plays a prominent role at the nation's land grant universities. (4/04)
Five awarded 2004 MSU Employee Recognition Awards
Ruth Austin, Gretchen Gilkey, Patty Inskeep, Cheryl Johnson and Kevin Ward were winners of the Montana State University 2004 Employee Recognition Awards on April 21, 2004. (4/04)
Anne Christensen honored as the MSU Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year
Christensen, a professor of accounting at MSU, was recognized by the national scholastic honor society for business students because "she makes the tax code interesting." (4/04)
MSU College of Letters and Science honors top faculty and students
Jane Jelinski, adjunct political science professor, and seniors Katie Connor and Britney Moss were among those who received awards for the 2003-2004 year. (4/04)
Local students win MSU Women of Achievement Award
Twelve seniors at Montana State University were honored at the Herstory Reception sponsored by the MSU Women's Center and the MSU Alumni Association. (4/04)
Steinmuller becomes secretary of sports nutrition organization
Patti Steinmuller has been elected as secretary of Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, the third largest practice group of the American Dietetic Association. Her specialty is sports dietetics. (4/04)
Junior Angela Kimmel earns 2004 Goldwater Scholarship
Kimmel, a junior in computer science and electrical engineering, is a national winner of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarshi for undergraduate excellence in science and math. (3/04)
Anne Rusoff elected AWIS Fellow
Anne Rusoff, cell biology and neurosciences, received recognition from the Association for Women in Science for her outstanding commitment to encouraging women to enter science fields. The association elected Rusoff to be an AWIS Fellow, honoring her as among the "prominent women and men who have labored in support of women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. (3/04)
Accounting Professor Ania Rose received "Best Paper Award"
The award was given in recognition of excellence in research as determined by peer evaluation at the International Business and Economics Research Conference. Rose's paper investigated financial audit quality issues for independent school district audits. (3/04)
The American Society for Horticultural Science honors 13 MSU students
Jessica Knox of Winifred was honored as Outstanding Undergraduate in Horticulture. Twelve more received Collegiate Scholars Awards. (3/04)
Laura Purevdorj-Gage receives W.G. Characklis Award
Laura Purevdorj-Gage, a doctoral candidate in microbiology, won a W.G. Characklis award based on her research contributions. (2/04)
Jaynee Groseth receives Community Excellence Award
Groseth was honored February 17 at the MSU Alumni Association/ Bozeman Chamber banquet. She is currently executive director of MSU's Alumni Association and has been involved in higher education since 1969. (2/04)
Ellen Schultz wins MSU community involvement award
Schultz has received the Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Award at MSU. She is an MSU Presidential Scholar and majors in family and consumer sciences. (2/04)
Forty MSU students receive Awards of Excellence
On Feb. 17 forty seniors and their campus mentors were recognized for their accomplishments in academic and extracurricular activities and service to MSU and the local community. (2/04)
Alanna Brown wins NEH fellowship for work on pioneering Indian author
A research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities will enable Brown to finish her three-volume work on the Native American writer Mourning Dove. Mourning Dove wrote about the lives of Indians in the Northwest and southern Canada from the 1880s to the 1930s. Brown also received a "We the People" fellowship designation from the NEH. (2/04)
Award winning student learned work ethic on family ranch
Kapri Malesich is a junior in accounting and comes from a ranch near Dillon. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is actively involved in a score of MSU organizations. (1/04)
MSU Extension agent wins national award from American Cancer Society
Barbara J. Andreozzi, a Montana State University Extension agent based in Anaconda, was awarded one of two National Volunteer Leadership Awards from the American Cancer Society. These awards are presented for long and distinguished service. (12/03)
Stephanie Wallin named MSU Student of the Month
Stephanie Wallin of Bigfork loves horses and loves research. She will graduate with majors in animal science and biotechnology, along with a University Honors Program degree, and plans a career with an animal research/biotech firm. (12/03)
Weinert elected VP of nursing honor society
Clarann Weinert, nursing, was elected vice president of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, at the biennial convention in Toronto. Sigma Theta Tau International provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. The society supports the learning and professional development of its members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide. (12/03)
Graumlich named fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
Lisa Graumlich, director of MSU's Big Sky Institute, has been elected a fellow of AAAS. She was nominated by three scientists. (10/03)
Biomedical researchers to benefit from $10 million
Gwen Jacobs recently received an award from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health to lead an effort to develop and implement a high bandwidth, high-speed telecommunications network in Montana and five other states. (10/03)
MFA Filmmaking student Graziano receives grant
Tracy Graziano's thesis film will compare eastern and western coyotes using the grant she received from the American Wildlife Research Foundation. (10/03)
Native American students bring home conference awards
Lisa Sun Rhodes is one of the students in MSU's American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) Program who received an award for her research project at the Oct. 2-5 meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). (10/03)
Paskey receives Burton W. Marsh Fellowship
Joey Paskey of Frenchtown, a recent graduate of MSU, was recently selected by the Institute of Transportation Engineers to receive the Burton W. Marsh Fellowship for Graduate Study in Traffic/Transportation Engineering in 2003-2004. (8/03)
Montana 4-H Hall of Fame inducts four new members
The Montana 4-H Foundation's Hall of Fame recognized four individuals at their annual State 4-H Congress, held at MSU-Bozeman July 7-9. The individuals recognized who have made significant contributions to Montana 4-H are: Alma Seidel of Hill County, and Pondera County residents Marcia Hollandsworth, and Donovan and Reta Rae Weisgram. (8/03)
Two MSU graphic arts seniors win Dixie design prize
Bridget Nagorney and Kendra Fellows, majoring in graphic design, were selected from 9000 entries worldwide to receive two of eight Dixie plate first prize awards of $5000 each. Nagorney designed a crossword puzzle and Fellows incorporated sign language into hers. Six other MSU student’s designs were in the top 100 in the contest. (5/03)
Ann Ulvin is College of Engineering’s Gold Medal Award Winner
Ann Ulvin is a woman of great passion and an outstanding role model. During graduation ceremonies she was recognized as the College of Engineering’s outstanding graduating engineering senior. She received her bachelor of science in industrial and management engineering, a bachelor of arts in French, and graduated with an honors with highest distinction degree from the MSU Honors Program. (5/03)
College of Agriculture graduation highlights
During the College of Agriculture graduation ceremonies on May 10, Tami Marie Arlian of Big Timber received the Fisher Scientific Outstanding Senior in Biotechnology Award. The award goes to a graduating senior in the animal option of biotechnology. (5/03)
Jennifer Jeresek of Libby was named an outstanding senior at MSU during graduation. She excelled as both an athlete and scholar and majored in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. She also gave back to the community by participating in several community programs. (5/03)
Cargill Diversity Grant
With a gift of $5,000, Cargill is the largest corporate contributor to the new MSU College of Engineering diversity plan, a comprehensive approach to the recruitment of women and minorities into science and engineering. The intent is to lay a foundation for continued recruitment of women and minorities into the computer science, engineering and technology programs in the College of Engineering. Many prospective students are not prepared for or aware of engineering careers. Through targeted outreach activities, middle school students will be encouraged to take the appropriate math and science courses as prerequisite for engineering, computer science or technology careers. (5/03)
Laura Jennings receives prestigious student awards
Laura Jennings, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, has received a number of prestigious awards while at MSU. And now, she is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship carrying a stipend of $27,500, and an $8000 Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship given annually to 50 top college graduates in the country. (4/03)
Nursing professors win awards
Clarann Weinert, professor of nursing at MSU, won the Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award. This award recognizes unselfish efforts to support and promote the professional growth of nurses in the West. (4/03)
Kathleen Chafey, professor of nursing and director of the “Caring for Our Own Program” that supports Native American students seeking nursing degrees, was honored by Phi Kappa Phi as this year’s (2003) Anna K. Fridley Excellence in Teaching award recipient. (4/03)
Lynda Sexson Named Outstanding Teacher
Religious studies professor Lynda Sexson has won this year’s College of Letters and Science Outstanding Teacher Award at MSU. She is a respected professor who has won numerous teaching awards and is actively engaged with her students. She has a breadth of interest in teaching and an ongoing commitment to improving teaching on and beyond the campus. (4/03)
Montana Society of CPA’s names MSU professor as best in state
Bonita Peterson, associate professor of Accounting at MSU’s College of Business, is the 2003 recipient of the Montana Society of CPA’s Jack J. Kempner Outstanding Educator Award. This award honors a full-time accounting educator. She was nominated by Mark Sherman, a 1997 MSU accounting graduate. (4/03)
Marsha Goetting honored with Distinguished Service Award
Marsha A. Goetting received the Distinguished Service Award from the Montana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at their annual nference in Missoula on April 3, 2003. She was recognized for her outstanding programs in the areas of financial management for youth, estate planning, and how financial calculators can help you make decisions about your finances.
University writers feted by Friends of MSU Libraries
The Friends of the MSU Libraries held a public reception honoring recent authors from Montana State University on April 28 in the Special Collections Room of the Renne Library. Women authors feted were: Linda Karell, English; Shawna Lockhart, mechanical engineering; Lisa Stanley, mathematical sciences; and Franke Wilmer, political science. (4/03)
Betty McCoy honored at MSU Extension annual conference
Betty McCoy received the Distinguished Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi. As leader of the 4-H program in Montana, McCoy has spent many years promoting 4-H and other Extension programs to local and state legislators, and encouraging other Extension faculty to do the same. Among many other efforts, McCoy has helped organize the popular 4-H legislative breakfast and Extension "Day on the Hill" events in Helena. (4/03)
Bonnie Kirkpatrick wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
Bonnie Kirkpatrick, a MSU computer whiz from Dillon, is the most recent MSU student to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduate excellence in science and math. Kirkpatrick's work in bioinformatics, using computers to model proteins and predict protein structures, caught the eye of Goldwater Scholarship judges. She is one of 300 national winners. Her scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for two years of undergraduate schooling. (3/03)
Katie Conner wins coveted Truman Scholarship
Kathryn J. "Katie" Conner of Great Falls, a junior majoring in English literature at Montana State University, has been selected to receive a coveted Truman Scholarship, one of the country's most highly esteemed undergraduate scholarships. She is the ninth MSU student to receive the $30,000 merit-based grant awarded to students who evidence potential and dedication to public service, and the first to win since 1999. Conner plans to earn a degree in 2004 in English literature and University Honors and a minor in women’s studies, then use her grant to pursue law school. (3/03)
MSU student Lori Dodge is Miss Rodeo Montana
Lori Dodge has wanted to be a rodeo queen since she was a little girl. She met with advisors to work out her class schedules in anticipation of winning the January 2003 contest. Now as third generation rodeo queen she spends most weekends traveling to events representing rodeo. She will represent Montana in the Miss Rodeo America contest in Las Vegas in December 2003. (2/03)
Students receive Community Involvement Award
Paul Christopher Anderson and Lianna Myers have received the Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Award as two outstanding MSU students who have been committed volunteers while in school. The awards were presented during the 21st annual Chamber-MSU Awards for Excellence banquet in February 2003. (2/03)
MSU student to meet with Nobel Prize winners
Katie Reardon was one of 17 graduate students in the nation who received a travel award from DOE to attend the 53rd Meeting of the Nobel Laureates. She will travel to Lindau, Germany for the June 30 to July 4 meeting. Microbiology professor Gill Geesey nominated Reardon, saying “she has distinguished herself as an innovative researcher in the application of molecular techniques for characterization of microbial communities in contaminated subsurface environments”. (2/03)
Two receive MSU outstanding graduate student award
A Bozeman assistant principal who is called a "scholar-leader" and a master's candidate who has worked on ultra-miniature instruments used in space and in Antarctica are the two recipients of Montana State University's 2002 Foundation Graduate Achievement Awards. (5/02)
MSU honors its best at Awards for Excellence banquet
Kay Kirkpatrick, a math major, is the winner of the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and winner of the Alice T. Schafer Prize. The Schafer Prize is awarded to the most outstanding female undergraduate mathematician in the United States. Ann de Onis, professor of education, will receive her thirteenth mentor nomination. (2/02)
COE faculty are inducted into the Order of the Engineer
Jodi Carson, Anne Camper, and Penny Knoll were inducted into the Order of the Engineer in December 2001. The Order is a fellowship of engineers trained in science and technology and dedicated to the teaching, administration, or practice of their profession. (12/01)
MSU students receive honors
Montana State University honored its outstanding students at the annual Day of Student Recognition, April 29. (3/01)
MSU graduate student awarded national fellowship
Montana State University Native American Studies graduate student Lynette Chandler of Bozeman has received a Frances Allen Fellowship from the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History based at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Chandler received one of only four fellowships nationwide. (no date)
MSU faculty honored for teaching, research achievements
Montana State University 2002 faculty awards were announced this week at the University Honors Banquet on May 10. English professor Alanna Brown received a Cox Award for Scholarship and Teaching. College of Engineering's Anne Camper received a Wiley Award for her research in the field of biofilms in water distribution systems. Susan Kollin, professor of English, also received a Wiley Award for her work in and developing western American literary and cultural studies as they intersect with gender and race/ethnicity. Kimberley Myers, also an English professor, received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award for motivating students to achieve beyond anyone's expectations. For fearless exploration of gender issues within the classroom and dedication to teaching, history professor Michele Maskiell received the Betty Coffey Award. (4/02)