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Students from Billings Senior High School put their heads together to answer questions during the seventh annual Montana Academic State Championship held April 24-25 in UM's University Center.

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UM freshman Austin Haney plays his accordion on the Oval

The Keys to Happiness

University of Montana student Austin Haney often sits by the Grizzly Bear statue, serenading UM students with his accordion. “My fingers will fall off before I stop playing that instrument,” the...

First-year athletic training graduate student Rina Kasuga interns at spring training

Athletic Training Student Interns at MLB Spring Training

First-year athletic training graduate student Rina Kasuga recently had the opportunity to intern with the San Diego Padres at spring training in Arizona. One of only six students selected from a...

Astronomy Professor: Cassini Mission Revealed Saturn’s Secrets

After almost 20 years in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration. UM Professor Dan Reisenfeld, a scientist on the Cassini team, explains...

UM President Sheila Stearns and Dean Chris Comer inform student Rachel Dickson that she’s received a 2017 Udall Scholarship.

Biology, Environmental Studies Major Becomes UM’s 41st Udall Scholar

UM student Rachel Dickson recently won a 2017 Udall Scholarship, which will provide up to $7,000 to support her studies for the next academic year. Dickson is the University’s 41st Udall Scholar,...

student competitors celebrate their winnings

Students Awarded $50,000 at Annual Startup Competition

UM’s 28th Annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge brought 16 student teams from across the state to compete for over $50,000 in prizes. Run by the UM School of Business Administration and...

Chef Jehangir Meta serves blended mushroom burgers on the UM Oval

Top Chefs Bring Mushroom Mania to UM

A group of fungus fanatics took to the UM campus on Wednesday to tout what they say is the food trend of the future: burgers blended with mushrooms. Two well-respected chefs, Lance Avery from...

UM biology Professor Doug Emlen

Biology Professor Stars in New Film About Nature’s Wildest Weapons

The research and discoveries of UM biology Professor Doug Emlen are the focus of a new hourlong BBC documentary titled “Nature’s Wildest Weapons: Horns, Tusks and Antlers.” The program is slated...

James Laskin, an associate professor of physical therapy at UM

Physical Therapy Associate Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

James Laskin, an associate professor of physical therapy at UM, will spend the next academic year in Southeast Asia as an ASEAN Research Program Fulbright Scholar. Laskin, who also is the director...

Young Entrepreneurs Compete for Funds at UM Startup Challenge

Young Entrepreneurs Compete for Funds at UM Startup Challenge

Sixteen student competitors vied for $50,000 at the event he 28th annual statewide John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge held April 13 at UM. The event is hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad and...

UM student pharmacist Emily Kardash works at a recent health fair

UM Pharmacy Program Ranks No. 2 Nationally for Salary-Debt Ratio

UM's pharmacy school ranks No. 2 nationally for “providing students the best bang for their buck,” according to a prominent lender and student loan refinancing company. The SoFi company studied...

UM communication studies Associate Professor Christina Yoshimura

Professor Breaks New Ground on Counseling Trauma Survivors

Recent work by UM communication studies Associate Professor Christina Yoshimura is drawing national attention for her approach to incorporating research in interpersonal communication with the...

UM student Jed Syrenne

Neuroscience Major Becomes UM’s 17th Goldwater Scholar

UM student Jed Syrenne recently won a Goldwater Scholarship, the top national award for undergraduate research in science, math and engineering, for the 2017-2018 academic year. Syrenne is UM’s...

UM School of Journalism

Journalism Students Recognized with Prestigious Awards

Students from UM’s School of Journalism recently won a slate of awards, adding to the school’s reputation as one of the leading journalism schools in the country. “These awards continue to...

UM students perform “Peach & Pit,” a dance choreographed by UM sophomore Logan Prichard

UM Dance Program Shines at Regional Conference

UM’s Dance Program cemented its reputation as one of the best schools in the nation following an unprecedented showing at last week’s American College Dance Association Northwest Regional...

UM Regents Professor Jakki Mohr

What Makes a Great Teacher?

The Montanan magazine sought out some of UM’s best and brightest to shed light on the topic. Jakki Mohr, Travis DeCuire and Harry Fritz, plus others, share their thoughts.

UM student Talia Zook

UM Student Wins CBYX Scholarship to Study in Germany

UM student Talia Zook has won a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals full-ride scholarship to study and work in Germany for a year. The CBYX program begins in late July with...
Jennifer Heggen, a Missoula College graduate, shows off the school’s state-of-the-art kitchen to Missoula-area employers

Missoula College Shows Off New Digs to Local Employers

More than a dozen area employers joined the local job service for a tour of Missoula College on March 29, lending a close eye to the facility’s new offerings in culinary arts and the health...

University of Montana Presidential Search

The Search for the Next President of the University of Montana

Visit the Presidential Search page on UM President’s Office website for updates on the search, timelines and the search committee member roster.

UM alumni Stefanie Henderson Strack and Craig K. Anderson

Business School to Honor Alumni for Career Achievements

UM’s School of Business Administration will honor 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Craig K. Anderson and Outstanding Alumna Stefanie Henderson Strack on Friday, March 31, during its spring Business...

young researchers present their findings to a judge during the Montana Science Fair at UM

Montana Science Fair Draws Hundreds of Student Researchers to UM

A total of 547 kids, 400 of them middle school students, presented their research findings Monday at the 62nd annual Montana Science Fair at the Adams Center on the University of Montana campus....

UM graduates participate in Commencement ceremonies

UM to Award Two Honorary Doctorates at May Commencement

The University of Montana will award two Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during its May 13 Commencement exercises. The awardees are UM’s longest-serving president, the late George M....
Longtime UM Dining Director Mark LoParco

Longtime UM Dining Director Retires, One More Omelette Bar on Tap

Mark LoParco's favorite meal at UM is probably an omelette cooked with sausage, mushrooms and smoked Gouda. LoParco, head of UM Dining for 25 years, will retire in May after one last omelette bar,...

Students and professors in a classroom.

School of Journalism Names 2017-18 UM Pollner Professors

The Washington, D.C., bureau chief for McClatchy newspapers and a former CBS and CNN national news correspondent will be the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professors at the University of...

UM sophomore Alexis Carrier

UM Student Composer Wins International Award

UM sophomore Alexis Carrier, a composition major, won an honorable mention in the International Horn Society’s Composition Contest for the piece she wrote “The Final Battle Cry” in...

UM Assistant Professor Andrew Whiteley

Professor Earns CAREER Grant to Study Conservation Genomics

UM Assistant Professor Andrew Whiteley recently received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty. The Faculty Early Career Development award, also known as a...

UM graduate student Evan Tipton won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank competition

UM Student Wins Statewide Business Plan Competition

UM graduate student Evan Tipton won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank competition, held March 12-14 in Helena, for his business to help tour operators manage...

Researchers clear slush after drilling a hole in the ice, which they will later dive through

Working Under the Antarctic Ice Is Actually Pretty Great

Art Woods, a marine biologist at UM, has made annual two-month trips to Antarctica to dive under the ice and study curiously large sea spiders. Outside magazine asked him what it's like to do...

Missoula business owners answer questions from UM business students

Students Quiz Missoula Business Owners on Entrepreneurship

A group of Missoula business owners sat before a class of UM students on Friday to discuss their path through the gauntlet of entrepreneurship, one where they’ve learned to overcome their mistakes...

Jeremy Brown, a former attorney, teamed up with Blackstone LaunchPad

Blackstone LaunchPad, Law Students Team Up to Help Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who turn to the UM’s business incubator have long found advice on vetting an idea, writing a business plan, or seeking the capital. But along the way, Blackstone LaunchPad has...

UM Dining Director Mark LoParco

UM Dining Director Receives Regional Distinguished Service Award

The National Association of College and University Food Services recently honored UM’s dining director with its Regional Director’s Distinguished Service Award. UM Dining’s Mark LoParco received...

Looking south east from Waterworks toward Mount Sentinel

UM Ranks No. 7 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

UM has been named the No. 7 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 30 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. This year marks the 13th time the University...

Mary Nellis

UM Adviser Wins Fulbright Grant for Travel to Korea

Mary Nellis, an international student adviser at the University of Montana, received a 2017-18 Fulbright grant to travel to the International Education Administrators seminar in Korea this June....

MINERVA telescope in Arizona

MINERVA Continues to Give UM Students an Edge

Every clear night since spring 2015, UM students and professors have been looking to the sky for habitable planets outside of this solar system through a robotic telescope in Arizona.

Lady Griz players cheer from the bench

Loyal Lady Griz Fans are Montana at its Finest

For me, a reminder of just what it means to be loyal comes every time I cover the Montana women's basketball team at Dahlberg Arena. You may have heard they've had a rocky season with 22 losses....

Mason Dow and Willem Morris

Students Contribute to Solving Food Waste Crisis

Two UM students are leading an effort to distribute leftover lunchtime food from Missoula high schools to the Poverello Center, where it provides meals for hungry Missoula residents.

Kelly Elder, the 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year, teaches a social studies lesson at C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

UM alumni and accomplished educators Kelly Elder, Anna Baldwin and Art Amlquist educate, inspire and truly make a difference in their students’ lives. Read their stories in the Montanan. 

Katie Barnes, a second-year culinary arts student at Missoula College UM

Culinary Arts Student Places Second at Student Chef of the Year Competition

Katie Barnes, a second-year culinary arts student at Missoula College UM, placed second at the American Culinary Federation’s Student Chef of the Year competition, winning a silver medal. The...

UM staff archaeologists at New Jersey’s Warren Grove Gunnery Range in December 2015

Center for Integrated Research to Dig Deeper into Air Force Bases

The Center for Integrated Research on the Environment at UM recently expanded an ongoing partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and Army Corps of Engineers to do archaeological...

UM alumna Julie Ammons

Recent Graduate Wins Grand Prize in State Department Story Contest

Julie Ammons, a 2016 UM graduate and Missoula native, won a grand prize in the “Share Your Story Challenge” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs....

UM senior Drew Kinney works in a lab in the Skaggs Building

New Neuroscience Degree at UM ‘Wildly Popular’

Jed Syrenne wants to explore unanswered questions and large mysteries, so he was eager for UM to open the door to a neuroscience major. Last school year, UM launched the major, and for Syrenne,...

Ona Renner-Fahey, an associate professor of Russian at UM, teaches a class.

Russian Professor Receives Prestigious Teaching Award

Ona Renner-Fahey, an associate professor of Russian in UM’s Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department, recently received the 2016 AATSEEL Excellence in Teaching (Post-Secondary)...

UM graduates

UM Students Earn Degrees

UM had 941 students who were degree candidates for fall semester 2016. Find a list of Montana students are UM degree candidates or have been awarded their degrees for fall semester 2016.

Police vehicles idle on the outskirts of the opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline

How Will Native Tribes Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in Court?

More than an easement: UM Assistant Professor Monte Mills, a scholar of Native American law, lays out the legal arguments in the Dakota Access Pipeline and why they matter to all of us.