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Payne Family Native American Center at UM

Sunrise Ceremony Begins American Indian Heritage Week at UM

When the light was still dim Monday morning, coffee-holding people came together outside of the Payne Family Native American Center to greet the sun and kick off a week of activities celebrating...

UM campus in fall

UM Listed Among Nation’s Top 150 Public Universities

UM ranks among the top 150 public universities in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. In U.S. News’ “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook, UM tied for 113th place in the top national...

Saturn

Professor Reflects on Spacecraft Cassini as Mission Ends

After 13 years of zooming around Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has just days left before the probe is lost forever. The BBC interviews UM Professor Dan Reisenfeld who has worked on Cassini...

UM wildlife biology Professor Lisa Eby

Professor Earns National Excellence in Fisheries Education Award

The American Fisheries Society recently recognized a UM professor with one if its top national awards. UM wildlife biology Professor Lisa Eby was awarded the society’s Excellence in Fisheries...

Griz football players visit young fan in hospital

Griz Players Pay Special Visit to 3-year-old Fan at Seattle Children's Hospital

When the Griz football team landed in Seattle last week, a handful of players and coaches headed straight to Seattle Children’s Hospital to visit young Griz fan Troy Ross, who recently experienced...

A bear and her cubs forage for food on Kodiak Island

UM Study: Warming Temps Prompt Kodiak Bears to Abandon Salmon for Berries

When Will Deacy left Missoula for Alaska’s Kodiak Island in 2014, the doctoral candidate at UM was in for a surprise. Deacy had traveled north to study the island’s unique subspecies of grizzly...

A University of Montana-led team prepares a balloon launch in Wyoming before the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Montana Research Group Harvests Stellar Eclipse Data

When the nation paused Aug. 21 to observe the spectacle of a total solar eclipse turning day to night across the middle of the country, research teams from Montana were busy gathering some of the...

UM campus

Four Finalists for UM Presidency to Visit Campus

The search for UM’s next president has narrowed to four finalists who will visit the campus later this month. “The search committee is excited to bring these finalists to campus,” said Clay...

Montana offensive lineman Cooper Sprunk reads to a class of third-graders

Sprunk’s Story Inspires Kiwanis to Connect Kids with the Griz

Montana offensive lineman Cooper Sprunk has a unique pen-pal friendship with a class of California third-graders. Now, Sentinel Kiwanis is attempting to send those students to the Sept. 30 Griz...

UM Professor Tobin Miller Shearer teaches a new group of students on the first day of school

First Day of Classes Brings Butterflies, New Ideas at UM

Thursday was the first day of the school year at UM, and the signs of eager minds and a fresh start and mentoring filled the campus. Students opened to the first clean pages of their notebooks....

MontanaPBS documentary C.M. Russell and the American West

MontanaPBS to Screen New C.M. Russell Documentary

MontanaPBS will screen a new documentary about Montana’s cowboy artist Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) in seven locations across Montana in September and October. The documentary will reintroduce...

Artist Mitchell McCabe

Psychology Grad Found Solace, Identity in Art After Paralyzing Crash

Mitchell McCabe's latest work in progress is an abstract drawing of Three Buttes, a mountain west of Route 66 on the Fort Belknap Reservation where he grew up. Three semi-abstract horses, riding a...

sunset over Missoula

Full Speed Ahead Into Fall Semester at UM

UM is looking forward to the arrival of students and the start of classes on Thursday, Aug. 31. Missoula is experiencing variable smoke from nearby fires, but there is no danger to campus.

UM student Skyler Anderson

UM Student Experience: My Nike Internship

UM student Skyler Anderson just completed a summer internship with Nike in Beaverton, Oregon. “My time in Nike's Skateboarding category was unlike anything I could have imagined,” she says. Read...

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...