Montana State University

Honors College

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172140
Bozeman, MT 59717-2140

Tel: (406) 994-4110
Fax: (406) 994-6747
E-mail: honors@montana.edu
Location: QUAD F, 7th & Harrison

Dean:

Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee

More Honors Students in the News

September 6, 2013 - Board of Regents to consider making MSU's acclaimed honors program the university's newest college

Montana State University is seeking approval from the Montana University System Board of Regents to elevate its honors program to college status. When the board meets Sept. 18-19 in Butte, it will consider upgrading the program by renaming it the MSU Honors College. The board will also consider naming Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee Dean of what would become MSU’s 11th academic college. Lee is director of the program that currently provides enriched academic opportunities for 1,112 students representing all of MSU colleges. Read more...

March 29, 2013 - MSU Honors students win big with National Scholarships

MSU offers a top-tier education and in the past year alone, MSU students have successfully competed for prestigious scholarships for everything from math, science and engineering to leadership and civic engagement. These are some of the top awards recently earned by MSU students. Read more...

April 25, 2013 - Engineering and Honors professor wins Fulbright Scholarship to Finland

In the eyes of Darla Goeres, technology transfer from a university lab to the private sector can be as simple as educating and graduating students schooled in cutting-edge science. Goeres, assistant research professor with Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering, will take that philosophy with her when she heads to Finland next winter for a six-month exchange as a Fulbright scholar. Goeres learned in March that she'd received a Fulbright Scholarship. Read more...

April 24, 2013 - Rocket science leads to major fellowship for MSU Grad Student

Montana State University graduate student and Honors College undergraduate who studies the chemical reactions that occur when rockets return to Earth has won a major award from the U.S. Department of Defense. Read more...

February 15, 2013 - 31st annual Awards for Excellence to honor 40 MSU seniors and their mentors

Forty of Montana State University's top seniors and their faculty or staff mentors will be recognized Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the 31st annual Awards for Excellence banquet held on the MSU campus. Read more...

April 30, 2012 - Excellence supporting excellence

Almost 70 years have passed since David Lehwalder graduated with honors from what was then Montana State College with a degree in chemistry, but a few things have not changed. Montana State University still attracts top scholars, and its graduates continue to hold their own against graduates of other larger, more well-known schools. Read more...

February 20, 2012 - 2012 Awards for Excellence recognizes many Honors students

Forty of Montana State University's top seniors and their faculty or staff mentors were recognized Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the 30th annual Awards for Excellence banquet held on the MSU campus. Read more...

February 10, 2012 - Recent MSU graduate wins prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Hilary Fabich, who graduated in December from Montana State University with a degree in chemical engineering has won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship that will fund graduate work at the University of Cambridge in England. Fabich is one of 40 Americans, and 50 non-U.S. scholars, to receive the prestigious scholarship funded by the Gates Foundation. Fabich plans to use her Gates Cambridge scholarship to research compressed sensing techniques for magnetic resonance imaging while she obtains a doctorate at Cambridge. Read more...

November 16, 2011 - Honors student Hilary Fabich's career plans gelled when she discovered a passion for research

For one who came a very short distance to attend Montana State University, Hilary Fabich has gone a very long way. Fabich, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, grew up in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston wrangling wildlife with her game warden father. Read more...

August 2, 2011 - MSU Honors student hopes to coordinate development work in Africa with website

A Montana State University student is blogging about his travels through east Africa this summer in an effort to launch a website coordinating non-profit work in the region. Read more...

August 1, 2011 - Recent MSU Honors graduate scores again with three select scholarships

A Montana State University tennis player and honors student who loves learning from diverse cultures and philosophies has received three select scholarships to continue his studies in cultural anthropology.Read more...

May 2, 2011 -Trio of female Chemical Engineering seniors win top NSF graduate fellowship

Three members of the graduating class of Montana State University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, all female, have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Read more...

May 2, 2011 - MSU Honors student receives national prize for serving global, local communites

MSU senior Griffin Stevens was one of 20 students across the country to receive a national award for leadership in community service. A Montana State University senior who helped bring drinking wells to Kenyan schools, broadcaster Tom Brokaw to Bozeman and a national trophy to MSU also received a major award for leadership in community service. Read more...

March 31, 2011 - Two MSU Honors students win prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

A math whiz from Kremlin and a long-time dinosaur lover from Helena are the latest Montana State University students to win the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Read more...

April 7, 2011 - MSU students to present research at April 14 celebration

Earth sciences major Tyler Bridges holds a fossil sample that he will analyze with a high-powered microscope in the Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory at Montana State University. Bridges is one of more than 250 students who will present their research at the Student Research Celebration on April 14. Read more...

February 22, 2011 - 2011 Awards for Excellence features many Honors students

Forty of Montana State University's top seniors and their faculty or staff mentors will be recognized Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the 29th annual Awards for Excellence banquet held on the MSU campus. The MSU Alumni Association and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the banquet. Honored students were nominated by faculty in their college or department. Qualified seniors must have at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale as well as demonstrated campus leadership and community service. Read more...

January 17, 2011 - MSU Honors 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, a mechanical 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. Read more...

December 11, 2010 - Honors Student turns enthusiasm for sports into a marketing career path

Montana State University Honor Student, Bethany Cordell, is a die hard sports fan who has parlayed her enthusiasm for sports into a future career path. "I'm the most un-athletic person around, but I have a lot of spirit," Cordell said. "I've also discovered that I love marketing." Read more ...

December 08, 2010 - Honor student's family has big impact on Bobcat sports, Native
American programs

There have been a lot of great moments that have occurred in Montana State University's Indian Club meeting room over the last few decades, but Bobcat fans could argue that the biggest moment of all may have been when Debbie Thompson Davis and Douglas Davis first bumped into each other at a committee meeting more than 25 years ago. Read more...

November 22, 2010 - MSU's Hansen plans to use Rhodes Scholarship to study water policy in the world's neediest areas

Honors Student, 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. Read more...

June 16, 2010 - Sought-after MSU grad receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Ben Naab says his high school grades were nothing to brag about, but no one would suspect that by his performance at Montana State University. The recent graduate who was inspired to pursue chemistry by a family illness and an "awesome" instructor won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in 2009. He was one of 40 MSU seniors to receive an Award for Excellence this spring. Read more...

June 2, 2010 - Two MSU students engineer Boren awards for international study

The arid Israeli desert and the elongated reach of Chile are both a long way from the hallways of Montana State University's Roberts Hall, home of the College of Engineering. Yet, for two MSU engineering students, the college has been a pathway to the two countries as they have become recipients of one of the U.S.' most prestigious scholarships for international study. Read more...

May 18, 2010 - MSU standouts part of Absarokee family band that performed on MontanaPBS

Sure, the Absarokee family band has entertained crowds as big as 2,000, inspiring audiences to sway and sing along to the music of 1960s folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary. And anyone who hires the band agrees to pay Luke's way home from California where he's a doctoral student at Stanford University. Luke is a Montana State University graduate who received some of the most prestigious awards given to an undergraduate student: the Goldwater Scholarship, Beckman Scholarship and Presidential Scholarship. Hannah is an MSU senior in the Honors Program and majoring in cell biology and neuroscience. Read more...

May 3, 2010 - Connolly's 'Double Take' selected for MSU 2010 freshman convocation

In "Double Take," Connolly, a 2008 MSU graduate, writes with grace and honesty about growing up in Helena as a legless child. During his time at MSU, a student exchange program took him to New Zealand, which he used as a jumping-off point to travel the world. During those travels, Connolly, who has degrees in film and photography, snapped more than 30,000 photos of the reactions of people when they first saw him. Those photographs were collected into "The Rolling Exhibition," which has been exhibited at the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center. Read more...

April 16, 2010 - MSU students reap rewards of green efforts during Earth Week

At the age of 21, Smith is something of a pioneer in MSU student sustainability and green living efforts. When he came to MSU, there were few such student efforts. Even campus-wide recycling was sporadic. Yet in those three years, a variety of organizations have sprung up, mostly notably the MSU Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations (NECO), which Smith co-founded, and the resulting ASMSU Sustainability Center, funded by an overwhelming student vote and manned by a full-time permanent staff director. Read more...

April 2, 2010 - Two MSU students receive Goldwater Scholarships

A Montana State University student who explores the hidden world inside glaciers, and another MSU student who loves the melding of medicine and engineering, have each received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

Tim Brox, a physics major from Fresno, Calif., and Loribeth Evertz, a mechanical engineering major from Joliet, are the 50th and 51st MSU students to receive the nation's premiere scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering since the Goldwater Foundation was established in 1986. The scholarships will give each recipient up to $7,500 a year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.Read more...

February 20, 2010 - Montana college students chosen to study dinosaur eggs in China

Nine Montana college students considering careers in research will head for southeast China this spring to study dinosaur eggs with unusually thick, but porous shells. Six of the undergraduates are MSU students. They are: Daniel Barta of Helena, Nate Carroll of Ekalaka, Jasmine Croghan of Centennial, Colo., Jordan Drost of Ferndale, Wash., Krista Brundridge of Orland Park, Ill., and Paige Madison of Manchester, Vt. They are joined by Annie Ayre of Shepherd, a student at Rocky Mountain College; and Chantell Bury of Glendive, a student at Dawson Community College. Ashley Proust is an MSU graduate student from Illinois and already conducting research in China.Read more...

October 13, 2009 - 'Double Take:' Connolly's unusual viewpoint is at heart of new memoir

In the book, the 23-year old 2008 Montana State University graduate writes with grace and honesty about growing up in Helena as a legless child and his adventures and observations traveling the world. During those travels, Connolly, who has degrees in film and photography, snapped more than 30,000 photos of the reactions of people world-wide when they first saw him. Those photographs were collected into "The Rolling Exhibition," which has already netted Connolly an appearance on NPR, the "20-20" television show, as well as exhibits as the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center. Read more...

September 18, 2009 - New program at MSU encourages student body to volunteer 10,000 hours

Organizers of a new program at MSU are encouraging the student body together to volunteer 10,000 hours during the school year. Anyone who volunteers at least 10 hours toward that goal will be able to attend an April concert in the Strand Union Building. The band, not yet chosen, will be selected by volunteers. "We feel a lot of students already volunteer on campus, but they don't get any recognition. We hope to shine a spotlight on student volunteers," said Ted Koenig, coordinator of the 10,000-hour program through the Student United Way of Montana State University and MSU's Office for Community Involvement. Fellow organizer Jess Tyler said the program may also be an incentive for students who have been thinking about volunteering, but haven't done so yet. Read more...

September 8, 2009 - MSU partners with Kenyan organizations to solve housing crisis in Africa's largest slum

Spencer, a senior majoring in architecture at Montana State University, was part of a three-member MSU team that traveled to Kenya this summer to begin a partnership with a well-known Kenyan architect to help build sustainable housing in Kibera. An area of Nairobi with an estimated 750,000 people living in an area about the size of the MSU campus, Kibera is Africa's largest slum.

Beginning this year, MSU students will examine sustainable materials and help design homes that will be built in Nairobi by slum residents, according to David Fortin, an MSU professor of architecture who headed the team that also included Spencer and Erin Chamberlin, a senior majoring in architecture from Helena. Read more...

July 20, 2009 - MSU Symphony finds music unites West and East

Andrikopolous was one of the MSU Symphony musicians to complete a three-week tour of the three countries. And while she can cite a variety of resonant memories of the trip, the defining moment came when she was one of the MSU students asked to play the Schumann Fourth Symphony with the Vietnam National Conservatory of Music in Hanoi. As Andrikopolous tells it, a cellist from the orchestra who spoke no English, came to where Andrikopolous was sitting and shared her music and stand with Andrikopolous, who spoke no Vietnamese. Read more...

May 27, 2009 - MSU honors 19 at Day of Student Recognition

Nineteen students were honored this spring during Montana State University's 86th Day of Student Recognition. The students, their majors, home towns, awards and parents are:

Belgrade
-- Kelsey Foster, junior in Spanish and family consumer science, received the Susan Burton Cannon Memorial Award. The award goes to one outstanding junior woman in the modern languages department and honors Cannon's spirit, eloquence and love of knowledge. Cannon taught in the department during the 1920s and after World War II. Foster's parents are Paul and Charlene Cook.

Belgrade/Bozeman
-- Kiera McNelis, freshman in chemical engineering, received the Outstanding Freshman Woman Award. Her parents are Kevin and Marilyn McNelis.

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May 7, 2009 - Finishing first: Driscoll's drive and discipline translate into stellar academic career

As one of Montana State University's most successful long-distance runners, Elisabeth Driscoll knows how to put one foot in front of the other and finish at the front. Driscoll will finish in the number one spot again Saturday, but this time it will be at MSU commencement ceremonies when she crosses the stage as one of 10 students who are expected to graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Driscoll will do so with three undergraduate degrees including a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and one in modern languages with highest honors as well as a degree from the University Honors Program, where she has been selected to speak on behalf of her graduating Honors class. Read more...

May 1, 2009 - 'Corona' shines once again

They would seem like simple questions to which there are simple answers. What is a book? What is an image? What is a journal? But in the hands of the organizers of editors and contributors of the newly published "Corona," a journal of arts and ideas based at Montana State University, the usual is turned inside out until it is transformed into the unexpected. The 30-year-old periodical, which was dormant for many years after the publication of four previous issues, has now become more than a journal, even something more than a book. Read more...

April 3, 2009 - Two MSU chemistry students receive Goldwater scholarships

Joe Azzarelli and Ben Naab were sitting in their inorganic chemistry class this week when their cell phones started vibrating. Not wanting to disturb anyone, the Montana State University juniors and friends waited until after class to return the calls. When they did, they learned that each one -- both chemistry majors -- had just received a Goldwater Scholarship. It's the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. It will give each recipient up to $7,500 a year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

"These guys are awesome. They have enormous talent that they are destined to live up to," said Michael Miles who notified them of their awards. Miles is the former director of MSU's Honors Program and administrator of the Goldwater Scholarship program at MSU. Read more...

March 25, 2009 - Snow dino emerges for spring

Paleontology student Nathan Carroll, from Ekalaka, Mont., created his own ode to spring Tuesday with a snow sculpture of a dinosaur springing from its egg near the Honors Quads. Read more...

December 8, 2008 - MSU's Colvin receives prestigious 'Irish Rhodes' scholarship

Shane Colvin, the Montana State University student body president who hails from Kalispell, is one of just 12 recipients of a 2008 George J. Mitchell Scholarship, often called the Irish Rhodes Scholarship.

Colvin, a senior with three majors (biochemistry, music and cell biology), will use the one year of postgraduate study in Ireland funded by the scholarship to earn a master's in musical therapy from the University of Limerick. Following his studies in Ireland, he hopes to return to the U.S. to enroll in medical school with an eventual practice that includes the relatively new science of musical therapy.Read more...

October 3, 2008 - From Munich to Montana, Kahler hits high notes in opera career

If there is proof that the dreams of Montana youth are as diverse as the state's landscape, one need only look to Olivia Kahler who grew up in Whitefish with ambitions of becoming an opera diva. Kahler, now a junior at Montana State University majoring in music performance, will take one giant step toward that goal next weekend when she sings the role of Prince Orlofsky in the Intermountain Opera Association's fall production of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" set for Friday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 12.

At first glance, playing an 18-year-old prince might seem to be a bit of a stretch for the blond soprano who has modeled in London. However, the role of Orlofsky is one of opera's "pants" or "trousers" roles that feature female sopranos dressed and performing as men. But Kahler says she is grateful to not only have the challenging role, but also to sing for the Bozeman-based company. Read more...

September 18, 2008 - Saving the world one engineering student at a time

When she was just 13 years old, Montana State University engineering student Chandra Macauley decided to help save the world. That decision came on a family trip to Denver when Macauley spied a cloud of smog blanketing the mile-high city. That cloud, and what it represented about the state of the environment, terrified her.

"It was at that moment that I was bound and determined to change things," said Macauley, now 20. "And that's what engineering is all about."Read more...

August 12, 2008 - Professor's challenge motivates student to change the world, one peak at a time

When Michael Spencer was a freshman, his professor in a Montana State University honors class asked students what they could do to change the world. Spencer decided he would do it one mountain at a time.

And that's exactly what Spencer, now a junior from Willow Creek majoring in architecture, will do beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13, when he and his Alpine Challenges for Charity teammates attempt to raise $10,000 for Bozeman's homeless shelter and soup kitchen by climbing three of the region's most challenging peaks in three days. Read more...

July 30, 2008 - Canned: MSU students build structure that breaks Guinness record

Five Montana State University architecture students got canned in a big way this month, setting a new Guinness record for building the world's largest canned food sculpture. The students broke the record by building a giant helping hand from nearly 46,000 cans of food at the Rothbury Music Festival in Rothbury, Mich. The students were: Jordan Leppert of Fargo, N.D.; Nick Diggins of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Matt Aune of Helena; Emily Van Court of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Agatha Frisby of Duluth, Minn. Read more...

July 24, 2008 - Field wins scholarship from national honorary

Caitlin Field of Townsend, a sophomore at Montana State University majoring in graphic design, has received a $1,000 national scholarship from the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Field was one of just 35 students nationally to receive the Jo Anne Trow Scholarship honoring academic excellence. Read more...