Fostering Leadership Through Service and Engagement

Jordy Hendrikx

Backcountry Behavior

Snow science research team uses crowd-source data to investigate avalanche risk

Bioscience Montana

Bioscience Montana

Bacteria, fatty acids and homunculi, oh my!


Nathan Carroll and Jade Simon


Matching MSU students with Montana communities for meaningful projects


Riley Rivers


Homelessness matters to Writ 101 students


Don Despain

Yellowstone Fires

Oral history project about 1988 Yellowstone fires


Citizen science project volunteers

Citizen Science Projects

MSU graduate student engages the community

Fostering Relationships Between International, Exchange and Domestic Students (FRIENDS)

Program welcomes international students to MSU

At MSU, the student-led program Fostering Relationships between International, Exchange, and Domestic Students (FRIENDS) helps to ease the confusion for exchange students while helping MSU students explore other cultures. FRIENDS is an exciting way to broaden participants’ cultural horizons and make our school more welcoming to all students.

Student Highlights

Cara Thuringer

Cara Thuringer, a senior majoring in liberal studies and photography, was named a 2014 Udall Scholar in the environmental catagory. During her time at MSU, Thuringer was involved in many activities related to the environment.

Connor Murnion (left), Katherine Kent and McLain Leonard

Connor Murnion, a cell biology and neuroscience major with a minor in psychology, was one of three MSU recipients of a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater is the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering.

Ricky Egeland

Ricky Egeland, a graduate student in physics, received a 2014 Newkirk Fellowship from the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado. Egeland was the only 2014 recipient and the first winner from MSU.

Michael Ruiz
Michael Ruiz, a senior majoring in anthropology, had a paper published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences on a quick, safe and effective method he developed for defleshing bones.

Faculty Highlights

Elizabeth Burroughs

Elizabeth Burroughs, an associated professor of mathematics education in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, won a Fulbright Scholar grant to work with faculty and students at the University of York.

Scott Creel

Ecology professor Scott Creel and the Montana State University-affliated Zambian Carnivore Programme were featured in an article in the Science section of The New York Times for their work studying Africa wild dogs.

Joan Broderick

Joan Broderick, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the first recipient of MSU's Woman in Science Distinguished Professor Award.

Blake Wiedenheft (left) and Seth Walk
Seth Walk and Blake Wiedenheft, microbiology and immunology, received a $100,000, 18-month Grand Challenges Exploration grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study how disease-causing microbes interact with the human gastrointestinal tract.


Greg Pederson

Teams comb Flathead Indian Reservation for clues about ancient, recent fires

Behrad Noudoost
MSU professor and team publish brain research in the journal Nature


Carly Urban
Professor studies impact of mandatory financial education for high school students


Jordan Dood, Ashley Beckstead, Bern Kohler, Tom Zhang
MSU paper describes how DNA avoids damage from UV light


Ben Poulter
Ecologist studies role of dryland ecosystems in global carbon cycle


Jessi Smith
Psychology study shows that interventions help women's reluctance to discuss accomplishments

Understanding Coyote Howls

Yips could have wider implications

A study by Sara Waller, an associate professor of philosophy, on the howls and yips of coyotes has contributed to an international research collaboration called the Canid Howl Project.


Gabe Lavin

Gabe Lavin, a recent graduate with a degree in anthropology, win a Fulbright scholarship to study Arabic culture through the oud, a pear-shaped string instrument similar to a guitar, in Muscat, the capital of Oman.

Jack Hopkins
Black bears in Yosemite National Park and elsewhere are notorious for seeking out human food, even breaking into cars and cabins for it. A study conducted by Jack Hopkins, who earned his Ph.D. in fish and wildlife biology from MSU in 2011, reveals just how much human food has contributed to the diets of Yosemite bears over the past century.