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,...

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Donors Support UM in Record-Breaking Numbers

Donors stepped up to support the University of Montana in a big way this year, topping $50 million for the fourth year in a row. At the close of fiscal year 2017, private support totaled $84.5...

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UM: Smooth Sailing With Latest Accreditation Review

UM has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1932. The commission recently gave UM high marks during the culmination of its latest seven-year review by...

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New Podcast Series Explores Firefighting Injuries, Human Endurance

Join faculty members from UM’s Department of Health and Human Performance as they explore topics related to firefighting, injuries and human endurance in “On The Line,” a new podcast moderated by...

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UM Researcher: Cold Snap Shapes Lizard Survivors

An epic bout of cold weather quickly altered a population of lizards — an example of natural selection in action. UM Postdoctoral Fellow Shane Campbell-Staton had the rare opportunity to study the...

Mountain goats licking salt off a fence at Glacier National Park

Mountain Goats on Your Trail? They Like You, and Your Urine

A few years ago, employees at Glacier National Park noticed that mountain goats were spending much of their time near humans. A research team led by UM master’s student Wesley Sarmento determined...

Men stand in a burned forest along the Idaho-Montana after the Great Fire of 1910

Researchers Land Grant to Study History of Large Wildfires in Rockies

Researchers at UM will reconstruct the causes and ecosystem impacts of large wildfires in the Rocky Mountains over the past 2,500 years, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation....

Rendition of Landsat 8 as passes over the Gulf of Mexico

Geosciences Department Receives Grant to Develop Remote Sensing Technologies

Researchers in UM’s Department of Geosciences received $750,000 NASA EPSCoR grant to develop and apply remote sensing technologies to study hydrology on Montana’s agricultural lands. The research...

Jade Johnson at work in a UM chemistry lab. Photo by Matt Roberts

Native Researchers Tackle Environmental Issues At UM

An eight-week-long, National Science Foundation-funded summer research program at pairs Native students with mentors in the chemistry department, giving students hands-on research experience in a...

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The Tricked-Out Research Planes That Fly Through Wildfires

The only way to know exactly what’s in a wildfire’s smoke is to sample straight from the haze. UM atmospheric chemist Bob Yokelson is among a group of scientists who created a lab inside an...

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UM Sets Research Funding Record for Third Straight Year

Research continues to surge at a record pace at the University of Montana, with the institution setting a record for external funding for the third year in a row. UM brought in nearly $88 million...

The UM Radiosonde Team prepares to launch

Montana Team to Livestream, Capture Data During Aug. 21 Eclipse

This August, UM will participate in a nationwide, NASA-sponsored project to livestream aerial video footage and gather scientific atmospheric data during the Great American Eclipse. A team of...

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UM Teams with Hank Green to Explore History of Life

The UM Paleontology Center has partnered with internet producer Hank Green to launch EONS, a new weekly YouTube series that explores the billion-years-plus history of life on Earth.

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...

SURP Student Matthew Justus, right, with Mentor Dr. Andrij Holian

Visiting Student Researches if Nanomaterials Contribute to Disease

During UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, visiting student Matthew Justus and Center for Environmental Health Sciences researchers are using hyperspectral imaging to identify whether...
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 researchers work in the field

Beetle Study Shows Speedy Ponderosa Pines Fail Faster

An experiment by UM researchers with Ponderosa pine trees has run more than a generation and turned up some unplanned results. Saplings planted for their potential to grow the fastest, straightest...

Visiting student Adam Lamphear , left, and his mentor, Dr. Christopher Migliaccio

Visiting Student Researches Gold Nanoparticles in Targeting Diseases

Visiting student Adam Lamphear is currently conducting research at UM with members of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences during UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program. He research...
UM English Professor Kevin Canty

For UM English Professor, Teaching and Writing Novels Feed Each Other

The way Kevin Canty sees it, if you don’t really want to write — that is, if you won’t sit down and commit to it — there’s nothing he can do to make you better. And if you don’t read other...

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The Search for the Next President of the University of Montana

Visit the Presidential Search page on UM President’s Office website for updates on the search, timelines and the search committee member roster.

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UM Researchers Band Osprey Chicks Honk, Hoot and Hero

UM researchers landed at Dunrovin Ranch last week to band three osprey chicks and tell school children in summer camp a little bit about them. UM and its partners also worked on a project to...

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UM Receives Grant to Support Native American Faculty in STEM

A UM research team has been awarded a $1.8 million grant to promote professional success for Native American faculty in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The...

Visiting student Joseph Vorderbruggen with Mentor Dr. Donald Anderson

Visiting Student Researches Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials

During UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, visiting student Joseph Vorderbruggen is researching the toxicity of engineered nanomaterials, including those made of gold and zinc oxide, while...

A picture of the three researchers involved in the study

UM Chemist to Study Climate, Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke

UM scientists will fly straight into the smoke of western wildfires as part of a collaborative research project, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation. Assistant Professor Lu...

Restoration specialists treat the gun with a high performance and durability coating system.

UM Research Center Conserves Gun from Famed Sunken Battleship

The Center for Integrated Research on the Environment at UM has been tasked with restoring a gun from the USS Maine, the historic warship that sank in 1898. The Maine played a key role in events...

SURP Student Natalie Alvarez, center, with Mentor Dr. Yoon Hee Cho, right, and toxicology student Beth Cole

Visiting Student Researches Epigenetics, Nanomaterials During Summer Program

Visiting student Natalie Alvarez is working with researchers in UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences to analyze the relationship between diet and carbon nanotube inflammation, especially...
UM doctoral candidate Brett Addis works in the field

Preserve and Protect: UM Researchers Team Up with UM Army Corps of Engineers

Boosted by a $45 million research award, UM’s Center for Integrated Research on the Environment is working with Army Corps of Engineers to solve problems at Air Force bases across the country.

doctoral candidate Joanna Kreitinger works in UM Professor David Shepherd’s campus lab.

Second Doctoral Candidate Earns P.E.O. Scholarship Award

Joanna Kreitinger, a biomedical sciences Ph.D. student at UM, is one of 100 doctoral students in the U.S. and Canada selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. “The...

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....

UM doctoral candidate Eric Palm

Doctoral Student Earns NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

UM doctoral candidate Eric Palm recently was selected for the prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. Palm and his adviser, Professor Mark Hebblewhite, were awarded $45,000 to study...

A drawing of a Fur Trade period pit house

Anthropologist Reveals Native Lifestyles in New Book

UM researcher Anna Prentiss is helping to fill holes in the history of indigenous peoples living in the Pacific Northwest during the Fur Trade period.

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...

Kathryn Oost, a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at the University of Montana

Psychology Doctoral Student Wins $15,000 Scholarship

Kathryn Oost, a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at UM, is one of 100 doctoral students in the U.S. and Canada recently selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

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UM ScholarWorks Reaches 1 Million Downloads

ScholarWorks, UM's online scholarly repository, has achieved a momentous milestone: 1 million downloads. The service is online at http://scholarworks.umt.edu. Managed by the Mansfield Library,...

UM researchers Andrea and Don Stierle

Berkeley Pit Water Leads to Groundbreaking Scientific Discovery

Organisms found in the Berkeley Pit's toxic water are leading to a scientific breakthrough, according to two UM professors. Andrea and Don Stierle paired together two fungi taken from pit water in...
Student researcher Megan Miller recently presented a poster at UM’s annual Conference on Undergraduate Research

Student Researcher Studies Social Media Data for Health Promotion Project

Undergraduate student researcher Megan Miller recently presented a poster titled “Analysis of Factors Contributing to a Facebook Presence” at UM’s annual Conference on Undergraduate...

Lucile Speer, delegate to Montana Constitutional Convention, 1971-72, signs the Constitution on March 22, 1972.

Donor Creates New Faculty Position at UM to Honor Legendary Librarian

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, UM has its first endowed chair in the humanities. The new Lucile Speer Research Chair in Politics and History honors Lucile Speer and her...

UM wildlife biology doctoral student Will Janousek

UM Student Earns US Fish and Wildlife Fellowship

A UM wildlife biology doctoral student recently earned a fellowship to study endangered species habitat along the Rio Grande River. Will Janousek received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s...

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 mathematics Professor Johnathan Bardsley

UM Mathematics Professor to Receive Chancellor’s Award from Tech

Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter will present UM mathematics Professor Johnathan Bardsley with the Chancellor’s Medallion at the university’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6. The...

Grizzly Statue on UM Oval

Students Continue Research with National Science Foundation Grants

Two biology students and a geography student from UM have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for their research. NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are based on an...

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...

Ph.D. student Dan Decato operates UM's single-crystal X-ray diffractometer

Ph.D. Student Maps Atomic Resolution of Molecules Using Rare Instrument

When UM chemistry Assistant Professor Orion Berryman created the region’s only small-molecule X-ray facility at UM in 2014, he just needed one more thing: someone to operate the diffractometer. UM...

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