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Happy Thanksgiving week! There are no classes at UM Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 22-24, and all UM offices are closed Thursday and Friday. 

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UM Professor Doug Emlen holds a rhinoceros beetle

UM Professor’s Animal Weaponry Research Featured on ‘NOVA’ Episode

MontanaPBS will broadcast an episode of the popular “NOVA” science program that explores the research and discoveries of UM biology Professor Doug Emlen at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The episode,...

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Scientists: 2018 Will Suffer a lot of Big Earthquakes

UM Researcher Rebecca Bendick and Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado predict that, because of Earth’s slowing rotation, the world will see a significant spike in large earthquakes in...

Can the Cats donation area

Missoula Tops Bozeman in Annual Food Drive Competition

Community members supporting the University of Montana in the “Can the Cats” canned food drive edged out their Montana State University counterparts by nearly 5,000 pounds – the slimmest margin of...

Gallagher Business Building at UM

School of Business Administration Becomes College of Business

The Montana University System Board of Regents has voted to rename UM’s School of Business Administration to the College of Business. The unanimous vote took place at the Board of Regents meeting...

Regents Unanimously Approve Selection of UM’s Next President

The Montana Board of Regents unanimously gave its stamp of approval Nov. 16 for Seth Bodnar to become the University of Montana’s next president. Bodnar will begin his new duties in January...

volunteers work at the Missoula Food Bank

Missoula Food Bank Receives Largest Food Donation in Organization History

Earlier this week the Missoula Food Bank received its largest single food donation in organization history as part of this year’s Can the Cats competition when Missoula Federal Credit Union...

Kayla Pierson with Cassie Award

Information Technology Employee Earns Two National Accolades

Kayla Pierson, a designer and user experience specialist for UM’s Information Technology department, recently earned two national awards. Pierson was one of six winners from the research and...

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Professor’s Textbook Nominated for Prestigious PROSE Award

“Methods in Stream Ecology,” a two-volume textbook co-edited by UM Professor Ric Hauer, is up for consideration for a prestigious PROSE Award, an annual accolade that recognizes the best in...

arboretum interpretive site at UM

New Interpretive Space Celebrates State Arboretum

UM has dedicated a special space on campus surrounded by trees to inform visitors about the state’s arboretum – which lives at UM. Few visitors to campus realize that UM doubles as the State of...

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UM Earns Bronze Rating for Campus Sustainability Efforts

Following a spring 2017 semester of student-led data collection and a summer of report polishing and editing, the University of Montana earned a bronze rating through The Association for the...

Business students receive a check from D.A. Davidson vice president Brad Cederberg

Business Students Earn D.A. Davidson Investment Award

Ten students from UM’s School of Business Administration received the Fred Dickson Memorial Award for their investments from Missoula-based financial services firm D.A. Davidson & Co.

Growing up Griz

Legacy Players Reflect on Family, Finding Their Way to UM

UM has great respect for tradition and perhaps the greatest Montana tradition is its penchant for continuity. Players who were once titans of UM athletics frequently wind up seeing their children...

Missoula at sunset

Griz Fans Have Opportunity to Can the Cats, Help Those in Need

It's once again time for Can the Cats, UM’s annual competition with Montana State University to see which school can donate the most canned-food items. The food drive, now in its 18th year,...

Louis, incubating eggs on the left, and Iris

Montana Osprey Project Brings Knowledge, Drama to Fans Worldwide

For the past decade, the UM-based Montana Osprey Project has used ospreys to learn about the health of our streams, rivers and lakes, as well as bring information about our environment to...

‘Brain Scoop’ Creator Interviewed by Neal deGrasse Tyson

Emily Graslie, a UM art alumna and producer of “The Brain Scoop” YouTube channel, was interviewed as a ‘Rising Star’ recently by science personality Neil deGrasse Tyson. UM is mentioned...

Bill VanSickle speaking on a UM stage

Entrepreneur Shares Business Success Stories with Students

UM School of Business Administration alumnus Bill VanSickle built three highly successful companies from scratch. He shared his secrets as part of the Gilkey Executive Lecture Series.

Medieval Art Scholar Reveals ‘Dance of Death’ Murals

UM English Professor Ashby Kinch, a scholar of late medieval literature and art, discusses how death was once much more active in daily lives and reflected in art of the period.

A shot of the UM Hall of Champions

Feist Family Foundation makes $2 million gift to Grizzly Athletics

The Missoula-based Feist Family Foundation has committed a $2 million donation to the UM athletic department. The gift benefits athletic facility improvements, student-athlete support, men's...

pumpkin atop Main Hall at UM

Squash Spikers: History and How-to of the Main Hall Pumpkin Prank

Halloween at UM wouldn’t be complete without the spiked pumpkin atop Main Hall. The pumpkin returned early this month, much the same as it has for decades. A secretive group within the local rock...

George Gaines, founder of Chilton Skis, presents at Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp

UM Entrepreneurs Participate in National Training Camp

Two UM Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurs, along with other top college entrepreneurs from around the world, visited New York City for the Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp on Oct....

Theodore “Ted” Catton, an associate research professor of history at UM

Professor’s 'Rainy Lake House' a Remarkable Work of Frontier Nonfiction

Theodore “Ted” Catton, an associate research professor of history at UM, captures the frontier-era clash of Euro-centric white cultures struggling for control over a Western vast landscape...

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UM Research Earns Top Ranking for Productivity, Impact, Excellence

The research coming out of UM is among the top in the nation and world, according to recent rankings by the National Taiwan University. Of the more than 4,000 research institutions worldwide, NTU...

2017 Pinecone Award winners

UM Websites, Web Managers Earn Pinecone Awards

The votes are tallied and the winners selected in UM’s annual Pinecone Awards contest, which invites web users to select the University’s best websites. UM’s Information Technology started the...

Brian Chaffin, assistant professor of water policy at UM

Researcher Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

Researchers have an astonishing amount of data about the Middle Platte River watershed in Nebraska. Now Brian Chaffin, assistant professor of water policy at UM, will use a $214,000 National...

Davidson Honors College Provides Home Dinners for New Students

Many students miss the comfort food of home once they arrive at college, but first-year students in UM’s Davidson Honors College receive a remedy for that – home-cooked meals provided by the DHC...

Backpackers on a mountain trail

UM Scholar of Outdoor Gear Goes Back to Nature, Via the Mall

Every list of what a camper, hiker or hunter needs implies that preparation for the outdoors is in great part a matter of buying the right things. Rachel Gross, a postdoctoral fellow at UM’s...

Biologists tag a bear in Glacier National Park

Get This Job: Bear Biologist

What does it take to research one of nature's most powerful creatures for a living? An education at the University of Montana and the tenacity of a mama grizzly, according to Backpacker magazine.

A team of collaborators from UM and Montana State University

UM Lands $1.8M Grant to Enhance Behavioral Health Services

A team of collaborators from UM and Montana State University recently were awarded a $1.8 million grant to enhance the ability of agencies throughout western Montana to meet the behavioral health...

Architect rendering of the new addition to the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center

$10 Million Gift to Expand College of Education and Human Sciences

Building a better education for Montana: That’s one of the primary goals of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. Now, it has made another transformative gift to propel high-quality...

Microsoft President Brad Smith speaks to UM students

Microsoft President Brad Smith Addresses Business, Law Students

UM students connected with the leader of one of the world’s top companies during a Q&A session with Microsoft President Brad Smith on Oct. 9. During the event, which was organized by UM’s School...

UM rodeo team member Tyler Turco

UM’s Tyler Turco the Top College Saddle Bronc Rider in Nation

UM rodeo team member Tyler Turco reached the middle of the season riding high. When the Big Sky region’s five-rodeo fall series wrapped up at the end of last month, Turco — who won every saddle...

Paul Gladen, left, and David Firth

From Oxford to UM, Old Pals Nurture Missoula’s Startup Scene

When Paul Gladen and David Firth lived half a world away, the two students at Oxford University became fast friends. They hung out on campus, shared a house through college, and landed jobs at...

UM student actors rehearse on new Globe Theatre stage

UM Drama Builds its Own Globe Theatre for 'As You Like It'

The interior of the Masquer Theatre will feel more like Shakespeare's Globe for his comedy, "As You Like It." For the first show in UM’s School of Theatre and Dance season, the crews have built a...

Main Hall at night reflected in rain puddles

UM Names Five Recipients of 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Five exemplary UM graduates will receive 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14. The awards are the highest honor presented by...

UM Hires Bodnar as 18th President

Montana University System leaders announced today that Seth Bodnar has accepted the offer to be the next president of the University of Montana. Subject to Board of Regents approval in November,...

Alumni Band marches in the UM Homecoming Parade

Honor the Past, Shape the Future at UM Homecoming Oct. 8-14

The UM Alumni Association invites alumni and the Missoula community to celebrate Homecoming 2017, Sunday through Saturday, Oct. 8-14. This year’s theme, “Reflections: Honoring the Past, Shaping...

UM faculty member Brandon Cooper

Researcher Lands $1.8M Grant to Study Intracellular Bacteria that Infect Most Insects

A new UM faculty member, Brandon Cooper, recently was awarded a five-year, $1.8 million Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health to study how specific intracellular...

hydroponic crops grow at UM

UM Dining Lands on Bon Appetit’s List of ‘7 Healthiest College Dining Halls’

College is the time for late-night study-break burgers with your suitemates, loaded deli sandwiches, and endless french fries. But, these days, universities are implementing everything from...

Gerber Elementary students and Griz football player Cooper Sprunk

Life-changing Trip Comes Together for Sprunk’s Pen Pals

What started with a simple pen pal exchange with a group of kids in California has blossomed into the trip of a lifetime that could inspire a new generation of college-bound students. This coming...

UM doctoral student Asia Riel

Doctoral Student Earns Two Fellowships to Conduct Research in France

UM chemistry graduate student Asia Riel has received a STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship. The Fellowship, offered by the Embassy of France in the United States, allows doctoral students from the U.S....

Students cross the Oval in fall

Two UM Researchers Receive National Science Foundation Fellowships

Two UM researchers on the frontiers of science and engineering are among 30 faculty members nationwide recently selected as recipients of the National Science Foundation Fellowship. Brian Chaffin,...

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UM’s MPA Program Ranked Among Top Affordable Online Programs

UM’s Master of Public Administration program was once again lauded as a top online program nationwide. AffordableColleges.com ranked UM’s MPA program No. 18 out of 50 in a review of schools across...