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Electric Buses to Join UDASH Fleet

UM will be introducing two zero-emission, battery-electric buses to its UDASH fleet later this semester as part of an ASUM project geared toward providing sustainable campus transportation. The...

George Gaines, UM Ph.D. student and entrepreneur

UM Cultivates Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines and Community

George Gaines had already built skateboard and longboard decks, and the Ph.D. student at UM decided he wanted to build his own skis to ride the backcountry. The woodworker also knew that he...

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Gift Brings New 500-Seat Auditorium to UM

Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences will expand its facilities to include a public,...
FWE students gather on a mountain peak

Incoming Freshmen Embark on Wilderness Adventures Before Classes Begin

“Leave the cell phones behind and welcome to your next adventure!” shouts one of the 19 student-leaders for this year’s Freshmen Wilderness Experience Program at UM. On Aug. 19 UM welcomed its...

Matthew Church at UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station

Renowned Oceanographer Joins UM Flathead Lake Bio Station Faculty

Later this month, one of the nation’s preeminent oceanographers will join the faculty of the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. FLBS recently hired Matthew Church as a...

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President to Deliver State of the University Address Aug. 26

UM President Royce C. Engstrom will kick off the academic year with his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The public and members of the media are invited to the...

UM students sit on a rock above the M on Mount Sentinel

UM Offers First Certificate Program for Health Coaching in Montana

Curry Health Center has partnered with UM’s Department of Health and Human Performance to offer the first certificate program in the state for health coaching. The Health Behavior Coach...

Kelly McBroom shows off a repurposed ski pole turned plunger

Alumna Turns Capstone Marketing Project into Plunger Business

A voracious fan of Rocky Mountain big dumps, alpine skier and UM alumna Kelly McBroom has dropped into more bowls than anyone in the Bow Valley. Now, she's turning her excitement over double...

Two UM pharmacy students hold a UM Grizzly flag atop Africa's highest point.

Pharmacy Students Collaborate with Ethiopia, Summit Kilimanjaro

Where will a UM education take you? In the case of UM pharmacy students Keith Ginoff and Manraj Bains, they spent five weeks in Africa to further UM collaboration with the University of Gondar in...

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UM Launches New ‘UMontana’ Mobile App

The University recently released its first mobile app. The app gives easy access to commonly searched for information, integration with UM academic tools and the ability to conduct UM business...

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University Offers New International Baccalaureate Certification

The new International Baccalaureate Educator certificate program at UM has received unanimous, unconditional recognition and approval from the International Baccalaureate Organization. The...

An elk with large antlers

Researcher: Fire not Necessarily a Disaster for Wildlife

UM biologist Mark Hebblewhite studied a wildfire similar to the recent Roaring Lion fire in the Bitterroot Valley and learned elk living in 2-year-old burned area outperformed their brethren. 

UM Graduate Derek Duncan at the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters

UM Alumnus Helps Market Team USA for the Olympic Games

The Summer Olympic Games are underway and millions of people around the world are watching with bated breath. Derek Duncan, a 2009 UM marketing graduate, is among those excitedly following the...

2015 fundraising

Another Record Year for UM Foundation: Three-Year Fundraising Tops $150M

For the third year in a row, giving to the University of Montana has topped $50 million. At the close of fiscal year 2016, private support totaled $53.67 million, just edging out the previous...
Swan Mountains in Montana

Mountain Plants, Wildlife More Vulnerable to Climate Change than Expected

Plants and animals living in the Rocky Mountain West could face bigger challenges than previously expected as global temperatures rise, according to a new study by the University of Montana. Its...

Schweyen Named New Lady Griz Coach

In an announcement that lacks any of the surprise of Robin Selvig's retirement two weeks ago, the best player in Big Sky Conference women's basketball history has been chosen to take over the...

Ray Ekness is the new director of the Broadcast Media Center

UM Hires New Broadcast Media Center Director

After a national search, UM has selected Ray Ekness to become the next director of the Broadcast Media Center, which houses the public broadcasting stations of KUFM Radio and KUFM-TV. Ekness is a...

Flathead Lake Biological Station Director Jim Elser

Elser Era Dawns at Flathead Lake Biological Station

Jim Elser is not simply sitting back and enjoying the lake views from his new office. The new director of the University of Montana’s storied Flathead Lake Biological Station is hitting the ground...

lion on the Serengeti

More Than One Way to Skin a Cat: Studying Disease in Serengeti Lions

In 1994, Canine distemper virus killed an estimated 1,000 Serengeti lions in seven months, more than a third of this iconic population. Now Julie Weckworth, a Ph.D. student in UM’s Wildlife...

Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig

Former Lady Griz Player Asks: How Do You Thank a Legend?

“I would run through a wall for that man. We all would.” Former Lady Griz player Katie Baker pays tribute to coach Robin Selvig, who recently announced his retirement.

A morel mushroom grows in a forest

UM Study: Morel Mushrooms Thrive After Yosemite Burn

Scientists from UM are studying a section of the Rim Fire burn scar in Yosemite National Park since the devastating 2013 megablaze burned more than 400 square miles. They are also learning more...

The Grizzly Battalion ROTC cannon sits in front of Schreiber Gymnasium.

Behind the Boom: The History of UM’s Legendary Cannon Tradition

The ROTC cannon first appeared at Griz games in the late 1980s, just after Washington-Grizzly opened, and has celebrated nearly every Grizzly score since.

Casey Massena, a UM doctoral candidate, holds a model of his new molecule produced by a 3-D printer.

Chemistry Graduate Student Builds New Type of Molecule

A chemistry doctoral student at the University of Montana recently helped develop a new type of molecule, and his work was the cover story for a top scientific journal. Casey Massena of Santa...

UM alumna Lily Gladstone

Lily Gladstone’s Blackfeet Identity and UM Roots Keep Her Grounded

When “Certain Women” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January, Lily Gladstone’s performance was singled out for praise by Rolling Stone and Variety. Now the UM alumnus awaits her next...

UM doctoral student Joanna Kreitinger works in the lab

UM Doctoral Student Wins National Fellowship

One day in the summer of 2014, Joanna Kreitinger led a research experiment in a laboratory at UM. The team was looking at the spleen and lymph nodes, organs critical to the immune system. Just...

Wolf lichen, a lichen species studied by a team of UM researchers

UM Research Unveils New Player in Lichen Symbiosis

In 1995, if you had told UM researcher Toby Spribille that he’d eventually overthrow a scientific idea that’s been the stuff of textbooks for 150 years, he would have laughed at you. Back then,...

AJ Somers, left, and his mentor Andrij Holian

Visiting Student Researches Engineered Nanomaterials

AJ Somers, a life science major from Salish Kootenai College, is at UM this summer researching how nanomaterials could be used in future biomedical applications during the Summer Undergraduate...

Tins full of Cold War-era survival biscuits and hard candy sit on a table in Aber Hall

Boxes of Fallout Shelter Supplies in Aber Hall on Their Way Out

Up an elevator, through a locked door and up another two flights of stairs to the roof of 11-story Aber Hall at UM, there’s a small, concrete-walled storage room. Packed inside are survival...

Veteran and UM student Sergej Michaud sits on the bear statue at UM

The Brain Team: New UM Neural Injury Center Changes Lives

Iraq War veteran Sergej Michaud is a 4.0 student at UM, a double major in geography and economics, and a husband with a wife and two children. He also is recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

John Spierling, left, and Nicholai Khomenko remove graffiti from the walls of the mine on Mount Sentinel

Spruced-up Mount Sentinel Mine Clings to its Mysteries

Many Missoulians may not know about the Mount Sentinel mine shaft, blasted through hard rock for some 60-75 feet, maybe one-third of a mile of gradual climbing from the M. It has survived,...

Nathan Hechtman, participant in UM's Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Visiting Student Investigates Nanomaterials During Summer Program

Nathan Hechtman’s interest in global public health and medicine drew the biology major from Willamette University to Missoula for the summer where he is researching toxicology during UM’s Summer...

UM Hires Director of Communications for the Office of the President

UM has hired a new director of communications for the Office of the President. Paula Short, chief of the Forestry Assistance Bureau at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, will...

A grove of whitebark pine in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Survival of Whitebark Pines May Rest on Modern Technology

Even the living whitebark pine trees look tragic. UM forest entomologist Diana Six calls them “ghost forests.” At the edge of the tree line, beyond where the Ponderosa pine and spruce and alpine...

young scientists participate in spectrUM's Magic of Chemistry camp at UM

Chemistry Summer Camp Lets Kids Learn Science And Blow Things Up

Miniature scientists donned safety gloves and goggles Tuesday morning, giddy as they combined chemicals in a UM lab. "Explosions," 8-year-old Caroline CeeCee Baldussin said of why she's interested...

University of Montana doctoral candidate Joanna Kreitinger (left) with UM Professor David Shepherd on UM’s campus.

Graduate Student Earns Prestigious Immunology Fellowship

UM doctoral candidate Joanna Kreitinger was one of 48 people nationwide selected to receive a 2016 American Association of Immunologists Careers in Immunology Fellowship. This highly competitive...

Herbicides are sprayed to control non-native plants in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (National Park Service photo)

UM Research Reveals Widespread Herbicide Use on North American Wildlands

UM researchers are giving the public its first look at the widespread use of herbicides on federal and tribal land in North America, and they urge land managers to better document it.

Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana's inaugural class of family physicians

Medicine Residency Program Graduates First Class of Family Physicians

Montana will gain five new medical doctors who will care for Montanans in rural and underserved areas on Sunday, July 3. UM will celebrate the graduation of its inaugural class of family...

Main Hall with the M on Mount Sentinel in the background

2,821 UM Students Make Spring Semester Dean’s List

At UM, 2,821 students made the spring semester 2016 Dean’s List and 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive...

Nichol Smith, visiting student researcher

Visiting Student Investigates DNA Replication During Summer Program

Nichol Smith, a public health major from University of Massachusetts Lowell, is researching how certain compounds interact with nucleic acid sequences during UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research...

UM's Mansfield Library

UM Mansfield Library to Share Resources Statewide

A new system will allow academic library users statewide to access the holdings of 16 libraries in Montana through a single online search. UM’s Mansfield Library – along with 15 other institutions...

Flathead River at the U.S./Canada border

Have We Been Missing a Hidden Haven of Biodiversity?

In a new study, scientists with a range of expertise came together to examine the regional importance of a little-mentioned ecosystem: the gravel-bed river. 

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Six UM Students Earn Fulbright Funding to Study Abroad

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has offered grants to six University of Montana graduate students to study abroad during the coming year. Chase Ellinger, Jordan Krause, Max Kaisler, Selena...

UM students at Commencement

2,459 Students Earn Degrees from UM in Spring Semester 2016

UM had 2,459 students who were degree candidates for spring semester 2016. To view a list of Montana students or out-of-state students who are degree candidates, visit...

Katie Pershinske with Mentor Dr. Fernando Cardozo

Visiting Student Researches Parkinson's Disease During Summer Program

Katie Pershinske, a neuroscience major from Northern Michigan University, is investigating the role mitochondrial inhibitors may play in the onset of Parkinson's disease during UM’s Summer...