UM researcher on the Greenland ice sheet

Researchers Drill Greenland Ice to Understand Sea Level Rise

UM glaciologist Joel Harper doesn’t get to hang out on sundrenched beaches and contemplate sea level rise. He and his team go to cold, remote and forbidding Greenland. It’s sunny in summertime,...

UM alumni finalists for Fulbright awards

Alumni Earn Fulbright Funding for Teaching Abroad

Three UM alumni are finalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awards to fund their teaching abroad. Julie Ammons, Ian Strahn and Sam Hines are eligible for Fulbright English Teaching Assistant...

Nineteen high school students from the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan pose on the Oval at UM

Japanese High School Students Engage in Exchange at UM

Nineteen high school students from the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan are visiting the University of Montana to participate in a two-week culture and language program hosted by UM’s English Language...

Lisa Blank, a professor in UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

Professor Earns Fulbright to Help Advance Education in Ukraine

Lisa Blank, a professor in UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to travel to a school in Kyiv, Ukraine. Blank will...

Iraqi students gather for a photo on July 10 at UM.

UM Leadership Program Hosts Iraqi Youth

UM welcomes 25 Iraqi students this week as part of the 2017 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. The students are participating in a three-week program focused on international peace building...

A sea spider moves across the ocean floor

Researcher: Sea Spiders Pump Their Blood Using Their Guts

New research by UM Associate Professor Art Woods published in the journal Current Biology demonstrates that sea spiders move blood and oxygen around their bodies not by pumping their hearts, but...

UM law students Frans Andersson and Kirsi Luther together with their coach Klaus Sitte, an adjunct faculty member

Law Students Take Third at International Negotiation Competition

UM Alexander Blewett III School of Law students Frans Andersson and Kirsi Luther recently took third place at the International Negotiation Competition held in Oslo, Norway. The competition...

UM journalism students in Japan

Journalism Students Return from Trip to Report on Nuclear Disaster in Japan

A group of UM journalism students recently returned from a trip to Fukushima, Japan, where they reported on the effects of the nuclear disaster following the Tohoki earthquake and tsunami that...

UM to Fukushima website

UM to Fukushima: Journalism Students Report from Japan

Several UM journalism students are in Fukushima, Japan, reporting on the effects of the nuclear disaster that occurred there in 2011. The trip is part of UM’s Montana Journalism Abroad program....

A core taken from Greenland’s snow layer shows that meltwater has penetrated and refrozen into solid ice

Scientists Receive Grant to Investigate Heat Trapped in Greenland’s Snow Cover

A new $1.54 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund University of Montana geoscientists as they study the deep layer of compacted snow covering most of Greenland’s ice sheet....

An image of a tranquilized tiger

Tiger Experts Cross the Globe to Learn from Montana Biologists

The first thing you need to know about tigers: They like to eat bears. The second thing: They’re best studied in Missoula, Montana. Despite being half a planet away from the nearest wild tiger...

The Montana Rep cast rehearses before their trip to China

Montana Rep Brings Classic 'Mockingbird' to China

Since 1997, "To Kill A Mockingbird" has been the Montana Repertory Theatre's signature play. Now professional theater-in-residence at the University of Montana is taking Harper Lee's classic tale...

Heather Jurva, center, with an Elementary class at the Hangzhou New Century Foreign Language School

International Student Teaching Enhances Graduate's Success

International student teaching placements are a particularly strong draw for students in UM’s education program. Heather Jurva, a recent UM graduate in secondary English education, is a prime...

Geoscience Assistant Professor Payton Gardner works with a student

Griz Alumni Return as Faculty in Geosciences Department

Two new faculty members in UM’s Department of Geosciences, Payton Gardner and Hilary Martens, started their career on campus as undergraduates. Both earned Ph.D. degrees at other universities...

Kaitlyn Anderson, a sophomore at the University of Montana

Resource Conservation Student Wins Scholarship to Kyrgyzstan

Kaitlyn Anderson, a sophomore at UM, has won a Boren Scholarship, which provides $20,000 to study for a year in Kyrgyzstan. Anderson is majoring in resource conservation and minoring in wildlife...

UM students Madhu Jagdeeshan and Cheyenne Laue

Anthropology Students Earn AAUW Honors

Cheyenne Laue, a UM doctoral student in computational anthropology, recently was awarded the American Association of University Women’s American Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. A second...

UM student Kitiri McDunn

Sophomore Wins Critical Language Scholarship for Study in Russia

UM student Kitiri McDunn recently won a competitive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for an all-expenses-paid intensive summer language program in Russia this summer. McDunn...

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Astronomy Professor: Cassini Mission Revealed Saturn’s Secrets

After almost 20 years in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration. UM Professor Dan Reisenfeld, a scientist on the Cassini team, explains...

James Laskin, an associate professor of physical therapy at UM

Physical Therapy Associate Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

James Laskin, an associate professor of physical therapy at UM, will spend the next academic year in Southeast Asia as an ASEAN Research Program Fulbright Scholar. Laskin, who also is the director...

UM student Talia Zook

UM Student Wins CBYX Scholarship to Study in Germany

UM student Talia Zook has won a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals full-ride scholarship to study and work in Germany for a year. The CBYX program begins in late July with...
Researchers clear slush after drilling a hole in the ice, which they will later dive through

Working Under the Antarctic Ice Is Actually Pretty Great

Art Woods, a marine biologist at UM, has made annual two-month trips to Antarctica to dive under the ice and study curiously large sea spiders. Outside magazine asked him what it's like to do...

Looking south east from Waterworks toward Mount Sentinel

UM Ranks No. 7 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

UM has been named the No. 7 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 30 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. This year marks the 13th time the University...

Mary Nellis

UM Adviser Wins Fulbright Grant for Travel to Korea

Mary Nellis, an international student adviser at the University of Montana, received a 2017-18 Fulbright grant to travel to the International Education Administrators seminar in Korea this June....

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...

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