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By Judi Haskins, GEAR UP MSU Program Director

Several GEAR UP middle and high schools have teams competing in the Montana Science Olympiad, held at MSU on Friday, April 15th, 2022. The Science Olympiad is an academic competition aimed to increase STEM literacy in grades 6-12. Teams compete in events such as ornithology, meteorology, bridge design, and much more. The winning team in each division goes on to compete at the national tournament hosted by CalTech in May. GEAR UP MSU will host a meet and greet for GEAR UP students at the Science Olympiad. For more information on MT Science Olympiad visit

Montana Science Olympiad Students

MSU STEAM Day Junior High Students


Saturday, April 0th, 2022
MSU STEAM Day (formerly Expanding Your Horizons) is a one-day conference for girls in grades 6-8 which includes hands-on workshops in the STEAM fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. GEAR UP MSU will be hosting a meet and greet for GEAR UP middle and high school students in attendance. For more information about MSU STEAM Day visit 
2021-2022 MSU Rodeo Team

Spring Rodeo

April 7th-10th, 2022

Come on down to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the weekend of April 7th-10th to support our Bobcat rodeo team as they battle against 9 other schools from MT & WY! Tickets begin at $8 and are available through Contact the ticket office or go to for more info.

Registration is a Piece of Cake- Starting March 28th

Registration is a Piece of Cake

March 28th -April 12th

Advising and registration for summer and/or Fall 2022 begins March 28th, and MSU once again wants you to know that Registration is a Piece of Cake! Stop by the GEAR UP office on the 2nd floor of the MSU Library during office hours Monday-Friday on March 28th to receive your cake!

Spring Break March 14th-18th

Last Day to Withdraw from Courses

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Withdrawing from a course at this point in the semester may be necessary if a failing grade is imminent. Students should connect with their advisor for help navigating the withdrawal process.  For students planning to drop all of their Spring 2022 courses, you must fill out a university withdrawal request form online. For more information see  

From now until the end of the semester, GEAR UP first-year students can work to accumulate ChampChange points to increase your chances of winning the GEAR UP ChampChange drawing for $1,000 worth of gift cards.  ChampChange points can be earned through attending workshops, tutoring sessions (FREE to GEAR UP students), learning centers, student support offices, sporting events, working out at the gym, and simply stopping by the GEAR UP office on the 2nd floor of the MSU Library to check in and visit with the staff!

AYCSS GEAR UP ChampChange Drawing

The more ChampChange points GEAR UP first-year students earn, the better your chances of winning in the GEAR UP ChampChange drawing! For more information about ChampChange visit:

The GEAR UP MSU ChampChange drawing will be held during finals week on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022. Don't wait! Start earning ChampChange points today!


Sally Weber from Libby, Montana

Sally Weber

From Libby, Montana

I am a freshman at Montana State University where I am studying Mechanical Engineering. I am from Libby, MT (which is a GEAR UP school in Northwestern Montana). In high school, GEAR UP provided a lot of information about college that has been super helpful. I was able to choose MSU with their help. I was inspired to attend college by my parents who both went to college. I am driven to graduate in order to work in a career field that I am passionate about. In my free time, I enjoy playing music and being outside!

Thompson Falls Girls Basketball Campus Visit

The Thompson Falls girls basketball team was in Bozeman on March 10th for the State Class B Basketball Tournaments. They stopped on campus for a quick info session on Gallatin College from Jessi Cannaday (right). Thompson Falls also got a chance to learn about the GEAR UP MSU first-year services that would be offered to them. 

Lodge Grass Boys Basketball Campus Visit

The Lodge Grass boys basketball team was also in Bozeman on March 9th for the State Class B Basketball Tournaments. The American Indian Council hosted them for dinner in American Indian Hall. 

Superior Juniors Visit Campus

Superior High School visited campus on March 10-11. They participated in MSU Friday activities, ate in Rendezvous Dining Hall, and got an exclusive experience with some Superior High School alumni. They toured the residence halls with Superior Alum Bailey Milender, who is currently an MSU Freshman. They also got to meet and talk with Superior High Alum Ryan Haskins (left) as he demonstrated some activities in the Gallatin College Aviation program. 

Pow Wow 2022

The MSU American Indian Council Pow Wow was held on March 25th-26th this year and was a huge success. GEAR UP MSU was one of the sponsors of the event and hosted a GEAR UP MSU Open House on Friday, March 25th. The open house welcomed pow wow visitors into our offices to meet the staff and learn more about the GEAR UP services provided to first-year students from GEAR UP schools. One of our very own GEAR UP MSU first-year students, Visara Whiteman was a participant in the pow wow.   

Rocky Boy High School Campus Visit

Rocky Boy High School students (above) toured MSU and Gallatin College on March 24th-25th. They got the chance to visit the  American Indian Hall, meet Miss Indian MSU, participate in some hands-on science activities, and have a meal in the campus dining hall.