Undergraduate Research in the College of Letters and Science

Andrew Mullen

To New Heights

MSU Earth Sciences duo takes snow measurement to new heights

Jaxen Godfrey

Finding the Perfect Wave

Solar eclipse provides unique opportunity for student to study gravity waves 

Keegan Diehl

A Journey of Discovery

Undergraduate researcher investigates human emotions


Molly Todd

Why History Matters

Professor mentors next generation of history scholars 

Tom LaBarge

Puzzling Out the Pieces

Ancient fossils give students hands-on research experience 

Archaeology field school

Filling the Gap

Archeaology field school seeks answers, provides experience

Student Highlights

McCall Voy

McCall Voy, a recent MSU graduate from Great Falls, Mont., earned a Fulbright English Assistantship to spend a year in the Asian country of Laos.

Brianna Bull Shows

Microbiology and pre-medicine major Brianna Bull Shows, an enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation from Pryor, Mont., was selected as a Udall Scholar in the tribal health care category.

Zariah Tolman

Zariah Tolman, a senior from Otto, Wyo., who is double majoring in biochemistry and cell biology and neuroscience, won a 2019 Truman Scholarship in recognition of her leadership potential and commitment to public service.

Lyla Brown
Lyla Brown, a psychology and sociology major from Billings, Mont., was recognized as one of nine African American leaders in the Pacific Northwest by Education Northwest.

Faculty Highlights

Erik Grumstrup

Erik Grumstrup

Erik Grumstrup wins prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Cathy Whitlock

Cathy Whitlock

MSU's Cathy Whitlock named Montana University System Regents Professor


Sharon Neufeldt

Sharon Neufeldt

Organic chemist Sharon Neufeldt earns prestigious NSF CAREER award


Diane Debinski, Eric McCall and Logan Crees

Butterflies and alpine ecology

Team studies Parnassius clodius butterflies as indicators of environmental change

Randy Rucker

Economic impacts of CCD

The economic impacts of colony collapse disorder among commercial honeybees


John Sample

Study of elusive microbursts

Team attempts first ever images of mysterious relative of the aurora


Kelly Proffitt

Kelly Proffitt, an MSU alumna who received her doctoral degree in fish and wildlife biology through the Department of Ecology, won the 2019 Biologist of the Year Award from the Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The award is presented annually for significant achievements in wildlife conservation. Proffitt has worked as a wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks since 2009.


Big C Project

Big C Project

"Big C Project" pairs WRIT 101 students with cancer survivors for meaningful engagement

David Parker with political science students

MSU Releases Election Data

MSU releases data from the 2018 Montana election polls


Fishes of Montana app

Fishes of Montana App

Fishes of Montana app brings field guide to mobile devices

Department Highlights

Evan Kelly

Highlights for each department, including student achievements, awards, research activity or other departmental accomplishment.


Loren BirdRattler

The Department of Native American Studies is proud to announcement that Loren BirdRattler will hold the Katz Family Chair in Native American Studies for a three-year appointment. The chair is funded by a generous donation from Sheldon and Audrey Katz.