Collaboration Opportunities

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The programs listed below have proven broader impacts and outreach efforts in place and are open new, grant-funded collaborations that help them make positive impact in our community and state. Additional collaboration opportunities are curently in development and coming soon.


Click below to learn about specific collaboration opportunities:

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spectrUM Discovery Area is UM’s hands-on science center that promotes a culture of learning and discovery for all. spectrUM engages 50,000 people annually through direct programming at its Missoula museum, at EmPower Place at Missoula Food Bank & Community Center, and in rural and tribal communities across Montana. An additional 150,000 people experience spectrUM annually through pop-up exhibits at Missoula Public Library and Missoula International Airport. In summer 2020, spectrUM will relocate to the new Missoula Public Library and will offer free admission for all.

Audience(s) served: pre-K-12 students, parents and caregivers, and teachers

Collaboration opportunities:

  • Co-design an exhibit, field trip curriculum, or activity set: spectrUM regularly collaborates with UM researchers to co-design experiences that engage the public with their research.

Funding required: variable. spectrUM highly recommends that researchers include funding for direct engagement such as field trip programming and educator-led activities and exhibit facilitation. Possible programming sites include: spectrUM Discovery Area, EmPower Place, the Science Learning Tent at the Arlee Celebration and Elmo’s Standing Arrow Powwow, the Summer of Science in the Bitterroot, and mobile science visits to rural and tribal communities statewide.

Did you use this listing to spark a collaboration? Please tell us about your experience so that we can track our impact and better serve researchers and collaborating organizations.

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We Are Montana in the Classroom connects K-12 students with UM faculty, staff, and graduate students to explore opportunities in higher education, research, and career pathways. These UM role models visit K-12 schools and community events to lead interactive activities and share their personal experiences in education and the workforce. We Are Montana in the Classroom provides participating faculty, staff, and graduate students with a professional development workshop that shares elements for effective K-12 engagement, including ice breakers, interactive activities, personal stories, and reflection.

Audience(s) served: K-12 students across Montana

Collaboration opportunities: Develop a K-12 experience that engages students with your research or creative scholarship. The experience can be customized by type (e.g. a one-day career fair, a series of school visits with a sustained, inquiry-based project, or an on-campus field trip), grade level, and geographic reach. Typical proposal and budget elements include: a professional development workshop, time and effort for relationship-building and coordination with schools, travel, educational supplies, and evaluation.                 

Did you use this listing to spark a collaboration? Please tell us about your experience so that we can track our impact and better serve researchers and collaborating organizations.