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The UM Marching Band returned to campus for a week of practice before fall semester begins Thursday, Aug. 31.

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UM alumnus Dennis Eck and UM architect Jameel Chaudhry view construction at UM's LA Building

Couple Donates More Than $8 Million to Upgrade LA Building

Over the last three years, Dennis and Gretchen Eck have committed a total of $8.3 million to renovate UM’s Liberal Arts Building, Dennis Eck’s old stomping grounds as a political science and...

UM campus in fall

Student Survey Places UM Among Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’

UM recently was named to the Princeton Review’s 2018 list of top four-year colleges and universities in North America.“The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition” was released in August. UM also was...

cover of Vault Comics publication

With Independents Ascendant, Missoula's Vault Comics Looks to Future

UM alumnus Adrian Wassel and his brother Damian have teamed up to pursue their dream: launching a comic book publishing company called Vault Comics. The Wassel brothers, joined by and a UM...

UM researcher on the Greenland ice sheet

Researchers Drill Greenland Ice to Understand Sea Level Rise

UM glaciologist Joel Harper doesn’t get to hang out on sundrenched beaches and contemplate sea level rise. He and his team go to cold, remote and forbidding Greenland. It’s sunny in summertime,...

UM alumni finalists for Fulbright awards

Alumni Earn Fulbright Funding for Teaching Abroad

Three UM alumni are finalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awards to fund their teaching abroad. Julie Ammons, Ian Strahn and Sam Hines are eligible for Fulbright English Teaching Assistant...

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Donors Support UM in Record-Breaking Numbers

Donors stepped up to support the University of Montana in a big way this year, topping $50 million for the fourth year in a row. At the close of fiscal year 2017, private support totaled $84.5...

The Montana Native Botanic Garden at the University of Montana.

Deep Roots: Native Plant Garden Thrives 50 Years at UM

At a university deeply rooted in tradition, one garden has grabbed the attention of students, educators and visitors for 50 years: the Montana Native Botanic Garden at the University of Montana....

Main Hall and Mount Sentinel

UM: Smooth Sailing With Latest Accreditation Review

UM has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1932. The commission recently gave UM high marks during the culmination of its latest seven-year review by...

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New Podcast Series Explores Firefighting Injuries, Human Endurance

Join faculty members from UM’s Department of Health and Human Performance as they explore topics related to firefighting, injuries and human endurance in “On The Line,” a new podcast moderated by...

Maryfrances Shreeve and her son William C. Shreeve

A Tribute to Exemplary Educators: Gift Supports Two Academic Chairs

An anonymous donation to UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences has created two academic chairs, a first for the college and among the academy’s highest honors. The...

A green anole lizard

UM Researcher: Cold Snap Shapes Lizard Survivors

An epic bout of cold weather quickly altered a population of lizards — an example of natural selection in action. UM Postdoctoral Fellow Shane Campbell-Staton had the rare opportunity to study the...

A resident from Paxson group home competes in an athletic event

UM Grads Create Documentary About Group Home Residents

Two recent UM digital filmmaking graduates are at work on a documentary that gives an inside look at the lives of three Missoula men with intellectual disabilities. "Paxson: A Home in Common," a...

Mountain goats licking salt off a fence at Glacier National Park

Mountain Goats on Your Trail? They Like You, and Your Urine

A few years ago, employees at Glacier National Park noticed that mountain goats were spending much of their time near humans. A research team led by UM master’s student Wesley Sarmento determined...

Men stand in a burned forest along the Idaho-Montana after the Great Fire of 1910

Researchers Land Grant to Study History of Large Wildfires in Rockies

Researchers at UM will reconstruct the causes and ecosystem impacts of large wildfires in the Rocky Mountains over the past 2,500 years, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation....

Rendition of Landsat 8 as passes over the Gulf of Mexico

Geosciences Department Receives Grant to Develop Remote Sensing Technologies

Researchers in UM’s Department of Geosciences received $750,000 NASA EPSCoR grant to develop and apply remote sensing technologies to study hydrology on Montana’s agricultural lands. The research...

Nineteen high school students from the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan pose on the Oval at UM

Japanese High School Students Engage in Exchange at UM

Nineteen high school students from the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan are visiting the University of Montana to participate in a two-week culture and language program hosted by UM’s English Language...

Jade Johnson at work in a UM chemistry lab. Photo by Matt Roberts

Native Researchers Tackle Environmental Issues At UM

An eight-week-long, National Science Foundation-funded summer research program at pairs Native students with mentors in the chemistry department, giving students hands-on research experience in a...

a large smoke plume rises above a wildfire

The Tricked-Out Research Planes That Fly Through Wildfires

The only way to know exactly what’s in a wildfire’s smoke is to sample straight from the haze. UM atmospheric chemist Bob Yokelson is among a group of scientists who created a lab inside an...

a UM researcher works in the lab

UM Sets Research Funding Record for Third Straight Year

Research continues to surge at a record pace at the University of Montana, with the institution setting a record for external funding for the third year in a row. UM brought in nearly $88 million...

The UM Radiosonde Team prepares to launch

Montana Team to Livestream, Capture Data During Aug. 21 Eclipse

This August, UM will participate in a nationwide, NASA-sponsored project to livestream aerial video footage and gather scientific atmospheric data during the Great American Eclipse. A team of...

A cover image for EONS using dinosaurs

UM Teams with Hank Green to Explore History of Life

The UM Paleontology Center has partnered with internet producer Hank Green to launch EONS, a new weekly YouTube series that explores the billion-years-plus history of life on Earth.

Lisa Blank, a professor in UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

Professor Earns Fulbright to Help Advance Education in Ukraine

Lisa Blank, a professor in UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to travel to a school in Kyiv, Ukraine. Blank will...

UM's Davidson Honors College

UM Announces 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars

Twenty-three exceptional incoming UM freshmen have been awarded Presidential Leadership Scholarships. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and...

SURP Student Matthew Justus, right, with Mentor Dr. Andrij Holian

Visiting Student Researches if Nanomaterials Contribute to Disease

During UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, visiting student Matthew Justus and Center for Environmental Health Sciences researchers are using hyperspectral imaging to identify whether...
An athletic training student works with a patient

UM Professor Receives Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

UM Professor Valerie Moody recently was selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2017 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recipients. Moody is a professor in...

Tobin Miller Shearer, associate history professor and director of UM's African-American Studies Program

Professor to Ride 500 Miles to Mark African-American Studies’ 50th Year

As the UM African-American Studies Program prepares to celebrate 50 years on campus, its director is about to embark on a 500-mile bike ride. Tobin Miller Shearer, an associate history professor,...

Iraqi students gather for a photo on July 10 at UM.

UM Leadership Program Hosts Iraqi Youth

UM welcomes 25 Iraqi students this week as part of the 2017 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. The students are participating in a three-week program focused on international peace building...

A sea spider moves across the ocean floor

Researcher: Sea Spiders Pump Their Blood Using Their Guts

New research by UM Associate Professor Art Woods published in the journal Current Biology demonstrates that sea spiders move blood and oxygen around their bodies not by pumping their hearts, but...

UM law students Frans Andersson and Kirsi Luther together with their coach Klaus Sitte, an adjunct faculty member

Law Students Take Third at International Negotiation Competition

UM Alexander Blewett III School of Law students Frans Andersson and Kirsi Luther recently took third place at the International Negotiation Competition held in Oslo, Norway. The competition...

UM researchers work in the field

Beetle Study Shows Speedy Ponderosa Pines Fail Faster

An experiment by UM researchers with Ponderosa pine trees has run more than a generation and turned up some unplanned results. Saplings planted for their potential to grow the fastest, straightest...

UM accounting Associate Professor Joshua Herbold

UM Educator Named President of Statewide Accounting Association

UM accounting Associate Professor Joshua Herbold was recently named the 2017-18 president of the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants board of directors. He is the first educator to...

Visiting student Adam Lamphear , left, and his mentor, Dr. Christopher Migliaccio

Visiting Student Researches Gold Nanoparticles in Targeting Diseases

Visiting student Adam Lamphear is currently conducting research at UM with members of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences during UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program. He research...
UM English Professor Kevin Canty

For UM English Professor, Teaching and Writing Novels Feed Each Other

The way Kevin Canty sees it, if you don’t really want to write — that is, if you won’t sit down and commit to it — there’s nothing he can do to make you better. And if you don’t read other...

UM journalism students in Japan

Journalism Students Return from Trip to Report on Nuclear Disaster in Japan

A group of UM journalism students recently returned from a trip to Fukushima, Japan, where they reported on the effects of the nuclear disaster following the Tohoki earthquake and tsunami that...

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.

Researcher inspects osprey check during banding

UM Researchers Band Osprey Chicks Honk, Hoot and Hero

UM researchers landed at Dunrovin Ranch last week to band three osprey chicks and tell school children in summer camp a little bit about them. UM and its partners also worked on a project to...

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UM Receives Grant to Support Native American Faculty in STEM

A UM research team has been awarded a $1.8 million grant to promote professional success for Native American faculty in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The...

Visiting student Joseph Vorderbruggen with Mentor Dr. Donald Anderson

Visiting Student Researches Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials

During UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, visiting student Joseph Vorderbruggen is researching the toxicity of engineered nanomaterials, including those made of gold and zinc oxide, while...

A UM Bear Statue glows at sunrise

UM Aims for Most Beautiful Campus Designation

Travel+Leisure magazine named UM among the top 20 most beautiful campuses in the nation, but we want to be No. 1! Support Montana and Griz Nation by voting here through July 6.

A picture of the three researchers involved in the study

UM Chemist to Study Climate, Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke

UM scientists will fly straight into the smoke of western wildfires as part of a collaborative research project, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation. Assistant Professor Lu...

A picture of Main Hall on the UM campus

More Than 2,000 Montana Students Earn Scholarships from UM

Students at the University of Montana received $5 million in scholarships during the 2016-17 academic year. The following Montana students are among the recipients of more than 2,000 scholarships...

A picture of a pint of HuckleBeary ice cream

Big Dipper Partners with UM on Huckleberry Ice Cream

Lovers of ice cream and the Griz can celebrate two of their favorite things with the release of HuckleBeary, a newly branded flavor from Missoula’s own Big Dipper Ice Cream. The...

A UM student engages with young children in a classroom setting

College Launches New Journal on Best Practices in Early Childhood Education

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at UM has launched a new journal on best practices in early childhood education. The Journal of Early Childhood Scholarship and...