UM alumna Julie Ammons

Recent Graduate Wins Grand Prize in State Department Story Contest

Julie Ammons, a 2016 UM graduate and Missoula native, won a grand prize in the “Share Your Story Challenge” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs....

Ona Renner-Fahey, an associate professor of Russian at UM, teaches a class.

Russian Professor Receives Prestigious Teaching Award

Ona Renner-Fahey, an associate professor of Russian in UM’s Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department, recently received the 2016 AATSEEL Excellence in Teaching (Post-Secondary)...

a Peace Corps volunteer works alongside local residents

Missoula Leads Nation in Number of Peace Corps Volunteers

The Peace Corps recently named Missoula the No. 1 metro area for producing volunteers per capita in 2016. Out of every 100,000 residents, 12.3 people in Missoula volunteer with the Peace Corps....

sea spider

It Takes Guts for a Sea Spider to Pump Blood

Evolutionary physiologist Art Woods of UM recently presented a newfound way of delivering oxygen in animal circulatory systems depends mostly on food sloshing back and forth in the guts. Woods...

ELI students work together in the classroom

English Language Institute Earns Highest Level of Accreditation

The English Language Institute at the University of Montana has successfully obtained accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). This is the program’s first...

UM students visit rice farms during the 2015 Winter Session in Vietnam

Students Spend Winter Session Studying Climate Change in Vietnam

Eight students and one professor from UM are in Vietnam through Tuesday, Jan. 19, to study climate change impacts and adaptation in the Mekong Delta for the seventh annual Winter Session in...

collage of UM highlights in 2016

Research, Fundraising and Academic Success Highlight UM in 2016

The year 2016 proved another big one at UM, one highlighted by groundbreaking research, scholarly success and record fundraising. Missoula Current takes a look at UM’s biggest successes this past...

Becca Boslough (Photo by Rylan Boggs)

Alumna Wins Prestigious Marshall Scholarship for Graduate Study in UK

Rebecca Boslough, a 2014 UM graduate in resource conservation, has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The award offers graduate study opportunities at British universities to about 30 young...

The crew of scientists prepare to put the drill stem into the Greenland ice sheet to probe water flows about a half of a mile below.

UM Scientist at Work: Tracking Melt Water Under the Greenland Ice Sheet

What happens to the water that finds its way from the melting ice surface to the bottom of the ice sheet is a crucial question for glaciologists like UM scientist Joel Harper. Knowing this will...

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...

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...

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,...

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. 

UM campus

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...

Missoula to Berlin photos and stories from UM journalism students

Journalism Students Report on Refugee Crisis from Berlin

In 2015-16, more than a million refugees sought asylum in Germany. The School of Journalism responded by creating Missoula to Berlin, a summer program designed to teach international journalism in...

Workers repair earthquake damage in Kathmandu’s ancient Swayambunath Temple

Researcher Helps Break Ground on Forecasting Earthquakes

UM researcher Rebecca Bendick is part of a team whose research is breaking ground on the complexity of earthquakes and the possibility to forecast them. The journal Nature Geoscience recently...

Montana to Zambia: Connections through Conservation

UM Forges Relationship Between Montana and Zambia

One day, a doctoral student at the UM brought Wayne Freimund a proposal to review for an experimental forest in Zambia. Nearly 20 years later, the bond between "The Last Best Place" and a country...

Fulbright Fellow Surbhi Jain

Fulbright Fellow to Instruct Intermediate Hindi at UM

UM will offer intermediate Hindi for the first time with the arrival of a new Fulbright Fellow and teacher’s assistant from India. Surbhi Jain will teach elementary and intermediate Hindi in...

Natalie Stockmann, left, and Julie Ammons

Students Win Critical Language Scholarships for Travel to Russia, Morocco

Two UM students have won highly competitive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for all-expenses-paid trips to Russia and Morocco this summer. Julie Ammons will participate in...

Professor Blakely Brown talks with Glen Skipper, Te Moeone project coordinator, about seed banking efforts in Taranaki, New Zealand.

Professor on Exchange in New Zealand to Explore Native Health Collaborations

Blakely Brown, professor of community health and prevention sciences in the Department of Health and Human Performance at UM, is in the midst of a four-month international faculty exchange in New...

Ya Ha Tinda elk herd

Professor Earns New Funding to Continue World’s Longest-Running Elk Study

UM ungulate habitat ecology Associate Professor Mark Hebblewhite recently received a $435,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue a 15-year study of migratory elk in Alberta,...

Fatima Sadiqi is the keynote speaker at the Central and Southwest Asia Conference at UM this week

Conference Speaker: Women Have Fought for Change in Morocco

This week, author, linguist and Harvard fellow Fatima Sadiqi is in Missoula as a keynote speaker at the 14th annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference at the University of Montana. This year,...

UM Sunburst Sensors won two XPRIZE awards July 20 in New York City.

UM Chemistry Professor Helps Bring Home an XPRIZE

Only five XPRIZE competitions have been completed to advance technology for the betterment of humanity. UM’s Mike DeGrandpre and the company he founded, Sunburst Sensors, won the coveted award by...

Dr. Irena Mrak, left, and UM Professor Sarah Halvorson tour a gorge in the southeastern Alps.

Professor Awarded Fulbright to Conduct Research in Slovenia

Sarah J. Halvorson, geography professor at UM, recently received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on climate change perceptions and adaptation scenarios in the south-central European...

UM Professor Amanda Golbeck

Health Sciences Professor to Serve as Fulbright Specialist in Latvia

The Fulbright Specialist Program recently selected UM Professor Amanda Golbeck to advance the understanding of public and global health research at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia....

UM students who will travel to Berlin

UM Students to Travel to Berlin to Document Syrian Refugee Movement

This spring, 18 UM students will travel to Berlin to tell the stories of Syrian refugees and document one of the biggest international news stories of the past year. The students will spend May 24...

Sara Rinfret, UM political science assistant professor

Political Science Professor to Serve as Fulbright Specialist in Denmark

Sara Rinfret, UM political science assistant professor, recently was named a 2016 Fulbright Specialist for public administration Rinfret will serve as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of...

Researcher in tropical forest

UM Collaboration to Investigate Tropical Forest Growth, Nutrient Acquisition

When UM biogeochemistry Professor Cory Cleveland begins a new project in Panama this summer, he will push the boundaries of soil science and how scientists collaborate with journalists to document...

UM Professor Jakki Mohr poses for photo with Saudi Arabian man

Marketing Professor Invited to Saudi Arabia to Help Solve Global Issues

Professor Jakki Mohr’s expertise is in high demand, taking her to numerous countries from Chile to Switzerland to lecture and advise on high-tech marketing issues. Recently, Mohr added Saudi...

UM Professor Cara Nelson

Professor Awarded Fulbright for Forest Restoration Research in Chile

Cara Nelson, a restoration ecology professor at the University of Montana, recently received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research on forest restoration in Chile during spring semester 2016....

UM students working on the ice sheet in Greenland

Geosciences Students, Researcher Travel to Greenland to Study Glaciers

UM Geosciences Professor Joel Harper takes his students on an unconventional field trip several times a year. He and around eight researchers fly to Greenland, where they camp out for five to six...

UM cartography students

Nepali Tiger Poachers Fear UM Student Mapmakers

None of Kevin McManigal’s cartography students at UM have been to the Parsa Wildlife Preserve. But they’ve spent the past six months building the most detailed topographic record the 155,000-acre...

A Kazakh man rides through his horse

Creative Writing Alumnus Continues Reporting Project in Kazakhstan

Out of respect for horses, Americans don’t eat them. Out of respect for their horses, Kazakhs do. UM alumnus and Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow Ryan Bell reports from Kazakhstan.

Um grad student Megan Barnhart working in Peru as Peace Corps volunteer

Montana Ties for 3rd in Peace Corps Volunteers Per Capita

The Peace Corps announced Monday that Montana is tied at No. 3 in the nation for states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, a jump of four places from last year.

tiger photo by Steve Winter, copyright National Geographic

Geography Students Create Maps for Tiger Reserve

UM geography students are saving tigers – one map at a time. The UM Department of Geography gave 12 student cartographers the chance to collaborate with Panthera, the world’s premiere big cat...

giant sea spider on ocean floor

Researchers Probe Secrets of the Gigantic Sea Spiders

The average sea spider in McMurdo Sound is neither itsy nor bitsy. Although they live in oceans all over the world, to find the really enormous ones, scientists have to trek to Antarctica. The big...

cowboy in Kazakhstan herds cattle

Alumnus Travels Kazakhstan to Chronicle Rising Cattle Industry

UM alumnus Ryan Bell earned his master's in nonfiction creative writing in 2014 and then went on to earn the coveted Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Now he’s...

UM campus

President Holds Campus Forum on UM Budget

President Royce Engstrom held a campus forum on Nov. 17 to discuss the University's budget picture. Engstrom spoke with the campus community about the need to realign UM's base budget with current...

UM researcher team in Anarctica

Researchers Study Cold-Blooded Animals in Antarctica

UM faculty members Bret Tobalske and Art Woods and Division of Biological Sciences graduate student Steven Lane have spent the past several weeks in Antarctica studying animals that live in the...

UM senior Derek Crittenden

Crittenden a Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

UM football team captain and William V. Campbell Trophy finalist Derek Crittenden is officially one step closer to becoming a Rhodes Scholar after receiving an invitation to participate in the...

Davidson Honors College

Honors Students Use Knowledge to Cultivate International Adventures

The Davidson Honors College at UM has 204 students in its entering cohort this year, the largest class since 2008. Competition for the entry into the Davidson Honors College is more intense than...

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez

UM Plans Major Educational Conference Oct. 26-27

UM will host a major educational conference on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 26-27, highlighted by a keynote address from U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. The conference, “Defining a 21st Century...

UM alumna Whitney Williams walks along a road in Congo

UM Alumna Helping Influential People Change the World

Founder and CEO of the social impact consulting firm williamsworks, UM alumna Whitney Williams has dedicated her life to doing good in the world. And if the roster of powerful, wealthy people who...

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