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Research Opportunities

This is not a complete listing of the research opportunities available at The University of Montana.  Individual departments and UM faculty are great resources for other research openings.

Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute  The Research Application Program (RAP) works with all Leopold Institute staff members to ensure that research information is readily available and useful to managers, policymakers, educators, user groups, and other scientists.

Bee Alert  The researchers, who work for this UM spin-off technology company called Bee Alert Technology Inc., have found that the insects buzz differently when exposed to various poisonous chemicals.

Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience (CSFN)  The research mission of the Center is to utilize approaches at the interface of molecular pharmacology, synthetic chemistry, physiology, and molecular biology to advance our understanding of the central nervous system.

Department of Biological Sciences research opportunities.

Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program (FFS)  The Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program of the Rocky Mountain Research Station is located at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. The Program conducts international, cutting edge work in wildland fire research from fire physics to fire ecology.

Flathead Lake Biological Station  Operated year-round as a research, information, and education center, the Biological Station offers an outstanding summer academic program for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.  The Biological Station offers numerous academic scholarships that provide funding support from $500 to $4,500 for students attending the summer session.

Fungal Ecology and Biology Lab (FEABL)  This lab focuses on the ecology and biology of soil fungi, with an emphasis on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). They also have projects involving ectomycorrhizae.

Introductory Multicultural Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Environmental Biology (IM-SURE)  The program is an opportunity for incoming freshman and undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds to gain experience in environmental biology in the field, the laboratory, or both.

Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station Centers, Institutes, and Special Programs  College of Forestry and Conservation research opportunities.

Montana INBRE (Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence)  This program offers faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students throughout Montana enhanced research opportunities in the biomedical sciences.

Montana Integrative Learning Experience for Students (MILES)  MILES brings the excitement of cutting-edge research to undergraduates at The University of Montana. Funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), MILES provides opportunities for students to conduct original research through honors fellowships with mentoring by nationally and internationally recognized faculty researchers.

Montana National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Montana NSF EPSCoR)  With the goal to maximize the impact of Federal support, each NSF EPSCoR proposal must be developed with specific research areas where science and technology growth efforts are focused.  In the past, Montana’s NSF EPSCoR funding has been channeled to successfully produce nationally/internationally recognized research centers and groups that generate significant scientific discoveries for the nation and economic growth for the region.

Native America Research Lab (NARL)  The mission of the Native American Research Laboratories (NARL) at The University of Montana is provide American Indian undergraduate students and graduate students with “hands-on” research opportunities in basic sciences and biomedical sciences in a culturally-relevant cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural environment. Although NARL is dedicated to increasing the number of indigenous students pursuing advanced degrees in the sciences, they also employ non-Native and international students in order to promote cross-cultural research collaboration and a diverse educational environment.

Office of Research and Education Opportunities for Students (OREOS)  The Office of Research and Educational Opportunities (OREOS) is established as a permanent office within DBS.

Project TRAIN (Training American Indians in Environmental Biology)  The program consists of a year-long endeavor in an independent research project. The areas of study include, but are not limited to; Environmental Biology including; Evolutionary Genetics and Conservation Biology, Plant and Soil Ecology, Animal Biology and Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Ecology, and Microbial Ecology. 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research opportunities.

Student Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)  The Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) sponsors a summer educational research experience for outstanding college undergraduates.  The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is part of a national program to attract and train undergraduates to research careers in the environmental health sciences.  The program is funded though a grant obtained from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences  

Wilderness Institute  This program is dedicated to furthering the understanding of wilderness and its stewardship through education, research, and service.



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