Confluence: Where great ideas flow together

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Dr. Kelly Dixon: Archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology

Featured Video Spotlight

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In this video, graduate students from 4 different Western region states (Alaska, California, Oregon, Wyoming) talk about their experiences at the University of Montana. Representing four different programs, they provide a compelling account for what drew them to UM, and what keeps them connected to Missoula and the region.


Thanks for stopping by the Graduate School’s media page, where we provide tributaries of words, sounds, and images for you to follow as you explore the special confluence that is the University of Montana!

Confluence captures the role graduate students play 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 confluence of the Clark Fork River and Rattlesnake Creek, depicted above, has had a special significance for centuries, beginning with the Salish people, who named 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!