Studying the Lands and Peoples of the North American West

William Wyckoff

Travelin' Man

MSU geographer hits the road to study the people and places of the American West

Linda Karrell

Writing the West

Place, identify and belonging


Jia Hu

Life Support

MSU-based research project to help forests across the West


Gail Small


Native people, economies, land management and tribal policy


Mary Murphy

Less Candy, More Vegetables

Women in Montana support ware effort


Christopher Guy

The Death Zone

MSU-led research finds cause for decline of Missouri River pallid sturgeon

Is the Whitebark Pine Worth Saving?

Political scientists' survey to evaluate societal value of tree species

Associate professor Elizabeth Shanahan and assistant professor Eric Raile of the Department of Political Science conducted a tri-state survey to understand how the general public values whitebark pine. Their findings will inform policy decisions about the care and treatment of whitebark pine within the Northern Rockies as pine beetles and disease increasingly affect the tree population.

Student Highlights

Brigit Noon, Riley Shearer and Anna Scott

Brigit Noon (biochemistry), Riley Shearer (biochemistry, economics and chemical engineering) and Anna Scott (chemistry) received 2015 Goldwater Scholarships, the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering.

Alexander Paterson

Economics major Alexander Paterson received a 2015 Truman Scholarship and a 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award, both awarded for Paterson's commitment to public service.

Cara Thuringer

Cara Thuringer, a double-major in liberal studies and photography, won a 2014 Udall Scholarship, a 2015 Truman Scholarship and a 2015 Boren Scholarship.

Garrett Lankford
Political science major Garrett Lankford serves as the Associated Students of MSU (ASMSU) student lobbyist during the 2015 Montana legislative session.

Faculty Highlights

Sachiko Tsuruta

Sachiko Tsuruta, a professor in the Department of Physics, received a 2015 Marcel Grossman Prize for her pioneering work on neutron stars.

Erik Grumstrup

Erik Grumstrup, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a five-year, $750,000 early career award from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance his efforts to reduce the cost of solar cells and make them more effcient.

Nicolas Yunes

Nicolas Yunes, as assistant professor in the Department of Physics, was the 2015 winner of the Young Scientist Prize administered by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the world's most prestigious award for young scientists conducting gravitational research.

Julia Haggerty
Julie Hobson Haggerty, an assistant professor of geography in the Department of Earth Sciences, was selected by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine as one of its Inspiring Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).


David Varricchio

MSU paleontologist coauthors paper on origin of birds

Alayna Caffrey
MSU grad student discovers important molecule in fight against lung infections


Tony Chang
Ecology grad student receives NASA fellowship to expand Whitebark Pine research


MSU instrument to study sun takes flight


Monica Skewes
Partnering with tribal communities to address health disparities


Elizabeth Burroughs
MSU, Bozeman schools involved in national math study


Megan Rothstein

Cell biology and neuroscience alumna Megan Rothstein won a 2015 Fulbright research fellowship to continue her research on Parkinson's disease in Germany. Spanish and engineering alumnus Brent Zundel won a 2015 Fulbright research grant to study water resources issues in Chile.


Don't Fence Me In project

MSU writing students partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to tear down old, dilapidated fences and put up new non-barbed fencing to allow elk, deer and pronghorn populations migrate safely.

Project Archaeology

The Montana Project Archaeology program received a 2015 Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Education and Outreach from the State Historic Preservation Office.

College News

Peter Tillack

In order to educate students to be competitive in the "Pacific Century," a term some use to describe the 21st century in recognition of the growing economic and geopolitical influence of the Asian-Pacific region, MSU is launching an interdisciplinary Asian studies major and minor.

Ivan Doig
The papers of the late Ivan Doig, called "a presiding figure in the literature of the American West," will return to the writer's native state, finding a home in the MSU Library's Special Collections and Archives.