Confluence: Where great ideas flow together
Welcome to the Graduate School’s media page, where we will regularly provide tributaries of words, sounds, and images for you to follow as you explore the special confluence that is the University of Montana!
We’ve named it “Confluence” to capture the role the Graduate School plays in channeling the energy, vitality, and creativity of the three major “streams” of the University of Montana’s mission: an excellent undergraduate education, an inspired enterprise in research and creative scholarship, and a commitment to place.
The University sits adjacent to the confluence of the Clark Fork River and Rattlesnake Creek, depicted above, and this place has had a special significance for centuries, beginning with the Salish people, whose presence and importance we honor as a distinctive component of our community. Seasonally, the Salish would gather here, dig bitterroots, launch hunting excursions, and fish for bull trout, which is threaded into the Salish word for the streams that flow together on the northern edge of our campus: “place of the small bull trout” (nłˀaycčstm).
Hang around, watch some videos, listen to our podcasts, and reach out if you want to talk more about what makes Graduate School at the University of Montana special!
Eric Palm is a Ph. D. student in the wildlife biology program at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. His research focuses on woodland caribou in northwestern North America—roughly from Alberta to Alaska. In his dissertation, Palm’s goal is to understand how both human and fire...
Cynthia Coleman is a master’s student in the Department of Society and Conservation and a fellow in the BRIDGES program at the University of Montana. Born and raised in San Bernardino, California, Coleman is also an enrolled member of the native village of Unalakleet, Alaska. Coleman came to the...