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Attention students:  Native American Studies awards thousands of dollars annually in scholarships.  The deadline is March 1 at 5:00 pm.  The appplication is easy.  Visit for information and scholarship application forms.

Interested in attending one or two AISES conferences this spring?  Here is some conference info to research...

AISES Leadership Conference in Santa Anna Pueblo, NM on March 19 to March 21, 2015 and there is the AISES Regional Conference in Salt Lake City for Region 1 and 3 chapters (MT is in region 1) on March 5 to March 7, 2015.

UM Conference on Undergraduate Research – Friday, April 17, 2015

The 14th annual UM Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR) will be held in the University Center on Friday, April 17, 2015. UM students of all majors are invited to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations and posters.

New this year: UMCUR will feature a Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) capstone presentation session. Students who are completing a GLI capstone project should submit their abstract for presentation at UMCUR.

UMCUR will also feature a Painting and Print Exhibition. Students are invited to submit a JPEG image of a single artwork, along with an artist statement, to be considered for a juried exhibition during UMCUR.

To propose an UMCUR poster or presentation, students must submit an abstract (circa 300 words) of their research topic. The student’s faculty mentor must review and approve the abstract prior to submission. The Call for Submissions is online.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015.

For further information, please contact the Davidson Honors College at 406-243-2541 or

November 20, 2014

MISSOULA – Two Native American graduate students at the University of Montana took home top honors for their oral research presentations at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 13-15.

Moses Leavens, a biochemistry and biophysics graduate student at UM and a member of the Chippewa Cree Nation, took first place for his research presentation titled “Biophysical Analysis of the Ubiquitin: Associate Domain One.”

Don Belile, a UM graduate student studying systems ecology and a member of the Oglala Sioux Nation, took second place at the conference for his research presentation titled “Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Ungulate Browsing on Willow Communities Within the Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A.”

UM Director of Indigenous Research and STEM Education Aaron Thomas was in Orlando, Fla. for the conference and watched Leavens and Belile receive their awards.

“It was exciting to see the University of Montana prominently represented among all the schools in the country at the awards ceremony,” Thomas said. “Moses and Don have been working hard on their research and were diligent in preparing for their talks. It was nice to see their efforts rewarded.”

Leavens and Belile were among four UM students at the conference, which draws about 1,500 Native Americans from across the country. They placed higher than 10 other students in the research-presentation category.

Held annually since 1978, the AISES National Conference is a three-day event convening high school juniors and seniors, undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, workforce professionals and corporate partners, with the goal of increasing the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, sciences and other related technology disciplines.

University of Montana

Indigenous Research & STEM Education

Aaron Thomas, Ph.D.

Phone: 406.243.2052

32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT 59812