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UM English faculty member Amy Ratto Parks

English Faculty Member Wins National Poetry Contest

A UM faculty member’s poem rose to the top of more than 50 submissions from across the country in the 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Arts & Sciences Poetry Contest.

UM music student Emily Silks

Sound Inspires Music Student Born with Severe Hearing Impairment

Emily Silks was born 95 percent hearing impaired. Now, she's a percussion performance major at UM, a musician in the community, and she's an organist, composer, singer, artist, and ukulele player.

UM Researcher Doug Emlen on a mountaintop

UM Researcher Doug Emlen Elected to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Doug Emlen, a UM biology professor, researcher and evolutionary biologist, recently was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Emlen is one of 213 new members who constitute the...

UM alumnus William Finnegan surfing at Cloudbreak, Fiji, in 2005

Recent Pulitzer Winner Shares About His Experience at UM

This past Monday, UM almunus William Finnegan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir, "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life." The 63-year-old New Yorker staff writer said in an email his time in...

UM Associate Professor Rebecca Bendick

Researcher Creates Natural Resource Disaster Website for Missoula

If you've ever wondered what risks western Montanans face when it comes to natural disasters, there is now a website for that. "Hazard Ready" was developed at the University of Montana and...

a dancer performs at UM's 46th annual Kyiyo Pow Wow Celebration

Generations Gather at UM for Annual Kyiyo Pow Wow

Eye-popping colors swirled and drums reverberated throughout Dahlberg Arena as thousands came to the 48th annual Kyiyo Pow Wow at the University of Montana on Friday and Saturday.

UM adjunct instructor Iva Cross teaches

Native American Sign Language Studies Flourish at UM

Kelli Hobi is studying Native American sign language at the University of Montana, and not just to communicate. "Learning about culture is the main thing," Hobi said.

UM student Abretia Crandell stands with Teresa Branch, UM vice president for student affairs

UM Names Student Employee of the Year

An exercise science major who works for Campus Recreation is UM’s 2016 Student Employee of the Year. Abretia Crandell, a UM senior from Kalispell who works at UM’s Fitness and Recreation Center as...

students walk outside the Gallagher Business Building at UM

UM’s New Master’s in Data Analytics Takes Off

Data is all around us we need someone to read it. That is where University of Montana’s new masters of business analytics comes into play.

UM students Nicky Ouellet, left, and Katy Spence

Students Awarded Fellowships to Tell Crown of the Continent Stories

UM’s School of Journalism has awarded two student-mentor teams fellowships to tell richer stories about climate change, communities and conservation in the Crown of the Continent.

UM researcher Justin Angle

Mascots Can Reinforce Stereotypes, UM Researcher Finds

UM assistant professor Justin Angle along with partners from the University of Washington and Washington State University recently conducted the research on ethnic brand imagery. 

UM senior Sarah Harmsworth, UM graduate student Adam Sears and Hellgate High School student David Harmsworth.

Music Student Trio Takes Third in National Competition

Two UM School of Music students and one Missoula Hellgate High School student recently won third place at the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist String Chamber Music Competition in...

Shakespeare First Folio, 1623

UM to Be Exclusive Montana Host Site of Shakespeare’s First Folio

As good luck would have it – words penned by William Shakespeare – a rare opportunity to see the actual book that contains the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays is coming to...

Nicky Phear, the Climate Change Studies program coordinator at UM

Climate Change Studies Program Coordinator Wins National Award

Nicky Phear, the Climate Change Studies program coordinator at UM, recently was named the 2016 recipient of the Clean Energy and Empowerment Education (C3E) Award from the U.S. Department of...

UM students Ashley Alexander and Benjamin Mason

Honors College Students Win STEM Research Awards

UM students Ashley Alexander and Benjamin Mason recently won awards in the STEM category for their poster presentations at the 2016 Western Regional Honors Council Conference held in Riverside,...

UM student Mackenzie Lombardi

UM Student Named Newman Civic Fellow

Mackenzie Lombardi, a communications and political science major at UM, recently was named a Newman Civic Fellow. She is one of 10 students across Montana to earn the honor.

Wright holds a nestling Whitehead’s broadbill in Borneo

Research Reveals Trend in Bird-Shape Evolution on Islands

In groundbreaking new work, Natalie Wright, a postdoctoral fellow at UM, has discovered a predictable trend in the evolution of bird shape. Her research showing that birds on islands have evolved...

Jack Stanford sitting on the edge of Flathead Lake

Biological Station Director Retires After Amazing Career

During five decades, Jack Stanford shaped the Flathead Biological Station into a world-class research facility for freshwater ecology, and now the new director, Jim Elser, prepares to continue the...

Researcher Jesse Johnson in his office

Geothermal Heat Contributes to Greenland Ice Melt

An international team that includes UM ice-sheet modeler and computer science Professor Jesse Johnson has learned that the Earth’s internal heat enhances rapid ice flow and subglacial melting in...

A picture of the Gallagher Business Building

UM Programs Help Grow Montana Businesses

The Montana World Trade Center is just one of several programs that are powerful partners for Montana businesses. Others include Blackstone LaunchPad and the Montana Technology Enterprise Center.
graphic showing top search terms and site visits on UM home page

Montana Kaimin: Homeslices Like UM's Home Page

UM’s home page is looking pretty sleek these days, with large visuals and clear navigation portals that take you to parts unknown, or into the nitty-gritty of UM’s online presence.

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How many of you caught the sunset tonight? We just happened to be in the perfect place as the sun went down. Photo by #EyeOfTheGrizzly |...
Media Arts student Tom Attwater poses with a special effects moose.

UM Media Arts Students Gain Professional Film Experience

UM School of Media Arts Professor Andrew Smith, working with his twin brother Alex Smith, recently completed principal photography on “Walking Out” with help from 12 media arts students who gained...

Ya Ha Tinda elk herd

Professor Earns New Funding to Continue World’s Longest-Running Elk Study

UM ungulate habitat ecology Associate Professor Mark Hebblewhite recently received a $435,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue a 15-year study of migratory elk in Alberta,...

Fatima Sadiqi is the keynote speaker at the Central and Southwest Asia Conference at UM this week

Conference Speaker: Women Have Fought for Change in Morocco

This week, author, linguist and Harvard fellow Fatima Sadiqi is in Missoula as a keynote speaker at the 14th annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference at the University of Montana. This year,...

UM student Lillian Alvernaz

UM Law Student Wins Congressional Udall Internship

A UM law student is among a select group of students to earn the Udall Native American Congressional Internship this summer in Washington, D.C. Lillian Alvernaz and 11 other American Indian and...

esearchers Alex Santos, Tom Rau and Sarj Patel (standing left to right) test the extent of brain injuries in their lab

UM Researchers Use Biomarkers to Reveal Brain Injuries

Two UM researchers in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy are working to change the way we treat mild traumatic brain injuries. Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau have made some...

Melissa McCoy, left, and Anne Bailey

Award-winning Editor, Digital Producer Named Pollner Professors

A former deputy managing editor of the Los Angeles Times and a multimedia documentarian will be the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professors at the University of Montana School of Journalism in...

UM student Stephanie Parker releases a bird at UM's Flight Lab

Groundbreaking Research at UM Flight Lab Comes Out of Simple Tasks

Only a handful of universities across the country have flight labs, and UM is among them. The laboratory opened in 1988, and it's grown into a 12,000-square-foot space with indoor labs, four...

Business students exiting the building

School of Business Administration to Offer Master’s in Business Analytics

The School of Business Administration at UM will help meet a growing workforce need when it launches its new master’s degree in business analytics this fall. The Master of Science degree, a joint...

Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition at the University of Montana School of Music

UM Professor Wins Annual Composers’ Competition

Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition in UM’s School of Music, became the first woman to win the Land’s End Ensemble’s Composer Competition. The Land's End Ensemble, dedicated to...
Traolach O’Riordain, director of the Irish studies program at UM

Irish Studies Director Wishes You the Blessings of St. Patrick

Traolach “Terry” O’Riordain, director of the Irish studies program at UM, appears to be a force for all things Irish in Missoula, but he said history shows Ireland to be the force, a country of...

UM Sunburst Sensors won two XPRIZE awards July 20 in New York City.

UM Chemistry Professor Helps Bring Home an XPRIZE

Only five XPRIZE competitions have been completed to advance technology for the betterment of humanity. UM’s Mike DeGrandpre and the company he founded, Sunburst Sensors, won the coveted award by...

UM's Payne Family Native American Center

UM Ranked Among ‘Best Deals on Colleges for Native American Studies’

Great College Deals recently ranked University of Montana’s Native American studies among the top 20 best-deal colleges in the nation. The organization, which was published in a full report on its...

UM freshman Bridget Creel ascends the rock climbing wall in the Fitness and Recreation Center

Climbers ‘Rock the Rec’ at Annual Competition

Chalk dusted climbers' heads as their competitors reached higher and higher. About 35 climbers competed in the third annual Rock the Rec, a rock climbing competition held Sunday at the UM Fitness...

 Tyler Morgan, left, Mackensie Salitsky and Katjana Stutzer

Communication Studies Students Win Top Regional Research Award

Four undergraduate students in the University of Montana Department of Communication Studies won the top paper award at the Western States Communication Association’s annual Undergraduate...

James Elser, right, with outgoing director Jack Stanford

New Director Starts Work at Flathead Lake Biological Station

The dream has officially come true for James Elser. The world-renowned freshwater ecologist moved into his new residence March 1 and began his on-site tenure as director of the century-old...

Doctoral student Chris Armatas and undergraduate Carly Campbell

Doctoral Student, Undergraduate Honored for Wilderness Research

College of Forestry and Conservation Ph.D. student Chris Armatas was recently recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with a National Wilderness Award for Excellence in Wilderness Research...

UM music Professor Bob Ledbetter leads a recent practice

Percussion Ensemble Combines Old and New to Delight Listeners

A cacophony fills the room in the basement of the Music Building before rehearsal begins. Music students roll marimbas as big as small dining room tables into the classroom one after another.

Reporter Dorothy Rochon Powers at work

UM Alumna and Legendary Journalist Makes Seven-Figure Estate Gift

Legendary newspaperwoman and UM alumna Dorothy Rochon Powers broke glass ceilings throughout the course of her storied career. Even after her passing in 2014, Powers inspires others to make a...

UM Commencement in Washington-Grizzly Stadium

UM To Award Two Honorary Doctorates at May Commencement

UM will award honorary doctorates to Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons and former U.S. Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas during its May 14 Commencement exercises. Simmons will serve as...

Mars

The Last Best Space: UM Grads Unlock the Mysteries of Space

Montana isn’t exactly the epicenter of the space industry, but four UM alumni have made careers shedding more light on the vast darkness of space and discovering where we fit in the grand mystery...

Um alumnus and artist George Gogas

Annual Celebration of Alumni Artists to Honor George Gogas

George Gogas has been selected as the 2016 honoree for “Odyssey of the Stars” at UM. To accompany Saturday's ceremony, there's also a 40-year survey of Gogas' art at the Montana Museum of Art and...