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UM student records the sound of a bee colony using an app he helped develop

Students Create App to Test Bee Colony Health

A team of UM students has built a mobile-phone app that allows beekeepers to record the sound of their colony to determine whether it’s healthy or not. The Android app was developed by computer science students Seth Welch, Quinton Greenhagen, Kyler Commers, Andreas Freiburg, Seth Hovenkotter and Matthew Detrick as part of their senior capstone project under the direction of UM software engineering professor Joel Henry. Read more about the bee app in the Missoulian.

A UM student works in a lab

Legislature Creates $1,000 Scholarships for STEM Majors

The state of Montana is offering new $1,000 scholarships to in-state high school graduates who major in science, technology, engineering, math or health care at a Montana college. Graduating seniors who are interested should act fast. The Legislature set aside $400,000 to kick off the scholarships this year, and already 200 high school students have started the application process, Sheila Newlun, Montana University System scholarship coordinator, said Tuesday. Read more in the Bozeman Chronicle.

a young student colors a picture of Monte providing athletic training to a patient

Athletic Training Students Win Public Relations Contest

Custom-designed coloring books featuring University of Montana’s mascot, Monte, as an athletic trainer were part of the project that recently earned UM athletic training students the top spot in a national contest. The UM team won the “Best Student Effort” category of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Public Relations competition for the eighth consecutive year. Read more about the athletic training students’ latest success.

Blake Morant, president of the Association of American Law Schools, speaks at UM's law school hooding ceremony

'Leading Light' of Law Offers UM Graduates Advice

“I know all of you will do well, you're graduating from an excellent law school,” Blake Morant said Saturday as 82 students received their degrees during the graduation ceremony of UM’s School of Law. Morant stressed that the problem-solving and creative skills law school graduates have attained are more important now than ever before. Read more about the 2015 law school graduation in the Missoulian.

UM researcher John McCutcheon

The Slow-Motion Symbiotic Train Wreck of the 13-Year Cicada

A vast swarm of cicadas are starting to crawl out of the ground after 13 or 17 years spent underground. When they greet daylight for the first time, they devote themselves to weeks of frenzied sex and cacophonous song, before dying en masse. But the cicada’s weird lifestyles have also left them with a different legacy. It’s so weird that when UM researcher John McCutcheon first discovered it, he thought he had made a technical error. The National Geographic blog Phenomena reports.

UM Dining staff members perform karaoke during Beatlemania event

UM Dining Wins National Bronze for ‘Beatlemania’ Event

The National Association of College & University Food Services recently announced that UM Dining received a bronze medal at its annual Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. UM Dining received the accolade in the 2015 Residential Dining Special Event category for “Beatlemania,” held in December 2014. The UM Dining staff at the Food Zoo paid homage to The Beatles in an event that featured a British-inspired menu, a dining room decorations and Beatles karaoke. Read more about UM Dining’s latest award.

The Story Behind the Photo

Congratulations to the Montana Grizzlies Hurling team, which claimed its second championship title May 24 as the team hosted the National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association Hurling Championship of America at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. The UM hurlers defeated the Stanford Cardinal 27-10 to claim their second title in just two attempts. The win marked the NCGAA's first-ever repeat championship.

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