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A UM Advocate guides incoming students and their families on a tour of the University of Montana campus on June 23 during the first day of Summer Orientation.

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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. 

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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...

UM students at Commencement

2,459 Students Earn Degrees from UM in Spring Semester 2016

UM had 2,459 students who were degree candidates for spring semester 2016. To view a list of Montana students or out-of-state students who are degree candidates, visit...

Katie Pershinske with Mentor Dr. Fernando Cardozo

Visiting Student Researches Parkinson's Disease During Summer Program

Katie Pershinske, a neuroscience major from Northern Michigan University, is investigating the role mitochondrial inhibitors may play in the onset of Parkinson's disease during UM’s Summer...

UM natural areas specialist Marilyn Marler gives a tour of UM's native garden

UM Celebrates Certified Wildlife Habitat Designation for Native Garden

The native garden surrounding the Payne Family Native American Center at UM was recently designated as a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation because it provides food,...

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...

SURP Student Maggie Boyd with Mentor Dr. David Macaluso

UM Student Takes Research to Next Level During Summer Program

As a human biology and physics major, Maggie Boyd is excited to be exploring the growing research area of nanomaterials during UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for...

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...

a mountain goat rests in Glacier National Park

UM Survey: Montana Voters Give National Parks, Conservation High Marks

Montana voters are avid users of national parks and support balanced efforts to further protect public lands, which they increasingly view as a valuable economic asset, a new survey finds. The...

Across the Divide: Montana’s Tribes Navigate Politics and Progress

Across the Divide: Montana’s Tribes Navigate Politics and Progress

In the 25th annual edition of the Native News Honors Project at UM, journalism students delve into the politics on Montana’s American Indian reservations and tell different stories from across the...

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...

UM forestry students designed restoration treatments now taking place at Bandy Ranch

Forestry Students Implement Restoration Plans at Bandy Ranch

UM students helped plan forest restoration treatments now taking place at the Bandy Experimental Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley. College of Forestry and Conservation students wrote management plans...

Tom DeLuca, new dean of UM's College of Forestry and Conservation

New Dean, Familiar Face for College of Forestry and Conservation

UM has hired a former College of Forestry and Conservation faculty member to serve as dean. Tom DeLuca, who spent 12 years at UM, will begin his new duties on Jan. 1, 2017. He currently serves as...

UM students dine at the Food Zoo

UM Fills Plate with Food Awards

The eatin' is good at UM – think a “Star Wars” omelet bar, for starters, and a gold medal for Missoula College, too. This month, UM announced it and Missoula College had earned some awards related...

karluk bear totes salmon in his mouth

UM Study: Kodiak Bears Track Salmon Runs in Alaska

A UM graduate student’s research on Alaskan brown bears and red salmon is the May cover story of the high-profile journal Ecology. Will Deacy, a UM systems ecology graduate student, researched...

Christopher Shook, the new dean of UM's School of Business Administration

UM Names New Dean of School of Business Administration

The University of Montana has named Christopher Shook the new dean of the School of Business Administration. Shook will succeed SoBA Dean Larry Gianchetta, who will retire in June after 41 years...
UM's student-athlete academic center

New Student-Athlete Academic Center Already Providing Returns

The initial returns on Montana's investment in its year-old student-athlete academic center, which had nearly 14,000 visits during the school year, is already paying out record numbers.

Katie Barnes. Photo by Dennis Webber Photography.

MC Culinary Arts Student Cooks Up Gold in National Competition

A culinary arts student at Missoula College at UM recently created the top pastry dessert at the American Culinary Federation and Washington State Chefs Association Culinary Competition in...

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...

UM students participate in distance learning

UM Lands $1.2M Grant to Train Speech-Language Pathologists in Rural Montana

UM’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to provide training to professionals seeking to become competent, certified speech-language...

Recent UM grad Sarah Solie handles a frog during field work

From Server to Scientist: Unique Bond Leads Student to Career in Biology

Sarah Solie's story is like something out of a movie. A chance encounter with a UM professor coupled with her blossoming love of science led to what she calls one of the most important friendships...

UM campus

UM’s School Psychology Ph.D. Program Earns First Accreditation

The school psychology doctoral program at the University of Montana has successfully obtained accreditation from the American Psychological Association. This is the program’s initial...

Football fans fill Washington-Grizzly Stadium for a night game

Griz Top FCS in Attendance for Second Straight Season

For the second-straight season and the fifth time in the last decade, the Montana Grizzlies football team has packed in more fans than any other program in FCS football, and in 2015 drew more fans...

A tundra fire burns in the Noatak National Preserve in Alaska in 2012

UM Study: Wildfires to Increase in Alaska with Future Climate Change

New research by UM affiliate scientist Adam Young and UM fire ecology Associate Professor Philip Higuera projects an increased probability of fires occurring in Alaskan boreal forest and tundra...

UM's new Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Building

UM Opens New Facility for Executive Education

UM celebrated the opening of its newest campus facility, the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Building, on May 12. Generously funded through private donations, the 31,411-square-foot building is home...

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...

Alyssa Schock, a third-year student in UM's doctorate of physical therapy program

UM Physical Therapy Student Wins National Scholarship

A UM student recently was named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's 2016 Minority Scholarship Award. Alyssa Schock, a third-year student in UM's doctorate of physical...

students learn in UM's planetarium

Computer Science Students Create Astronomy Teaching Tool

Six UM computer science seniors have reached for the stars by launching an interactive website to help teach physics and astronomy. The website allows faculty to load a solar system to the page...

University of Montana student Zachary Falen won first place in the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge.

Students Pitch Ideas, Take Home Prize Money at UM's Business Startup Challenge

UM’s School of Business Administration, along with the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, have announced the winners of the 27th annual John...

wildfire burns in forest

UM Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million to Study Wildfire

Researchers in UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation recently earned more than $1 million in funding from the Joint Fire Science Program through five separate awards involving faculty from all...

Missoula College graduate Issac La'a

Missoula College Graduate Advocates for Veterans

Former U.S. Army Sgt. Issac La’a is working to make the lives of veterans better at Missoula College and UM. This week, he’ll graduate with an associate degree from Missoula College, and head...

UM graduate Zack Aschim

Brush with Death Gives Theater Graduate a New Appreciation for Life

Two years ago, UM student Zack Aschim collapsed in the shower and was considered medically dead after not breathing on his own for 40 minutes. This week, he graduates from UM.

UM alumnus J.K. Simmons conducts the UM band during Homecoming

Student to Star: UM Alumnus J.K. Simmons Reflects on Family, Fame, Missoula

Since graduating with a music degree from UM in 1978, J.K. Simmons has become one of the most recognizable and famous locals around. He frequently returns to the Garden City and is slated to...

UM graduate Jolene Glueckert

Wildlife Biologist with Rare Disease Hopes to Inspire Children

This Saturday, Jolene Glueckert will graduate with a degree in wildlife biology. Even just last year, Glueckert was far away from reaching this milestone with the College of Forestry and...

UM students in mortar boards at their Commencement ceremony

UM Commencement Set for May 14

UM will graduate more than 3,000 students this spring, and most of those will participate in the 119th Commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Academy...

students exit the Gallagher Business Building at UM

UM Accounting Students Have Highest CPA Exam Pass Rate in State

The numbers have been crunched and the results are in for the annual report of Certified Public Accountant exam pass rates. Accounting students in UM's School of Business Administration who took...

UM student Mariah McIntosh

Student Wins Honorable Mention in Goldwater Scholarship Competition

UM student Mariah McIntosh recently earned an honorable mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition, the top national award for undergraduate research in science, math and engineering....

UM researcher Robert Smit

Researcher Lands CAREER Grant to Improve Mass Spectrometry

Mass spectrometry is a technique used to identify the chemical makeup of a given sample, and UM researcher Robert Smith just earned funding that may improve the process. Smith, a UM computer...

ariah McIntosh (left) and Clare Vergobbi, UM students and Udall Scholarship receipents

Students Win Udall Scholarship Competitions

Two UM students recently were honored with Udall Scholarships. Mariah McIntosh and Clare Vergobbi both won full scholarships, marking the 39th and 40th times a UM student earned this prestigious...

glass windows of the Gallagher Business Building at UM

UM Receives $1 Million Toward Endowed Professorship

UM announced it has received a $1 million donation toward an endowed professorship in finance. The donation comes from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay on behalf of the late Carol Jean Byrnes.

students in class at UM

Current Students: Register for Fall Semester Before Leaving for Summer Break

Registration for fall semester at UM is underway. Current students should with their academic adviser and register before leaving for summer break. Find your adviser at http://bit.ly/1NkcC12