Incoming graduate student Anna Bergstrom was recently awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. The fellowship covers three years of tuition and provides a stipend and travel to two conferences. Anna will work with professor Kelsey Jencso on water runoff in the Little Belt Mountains. She'll seek to identify the factors the influence stream flow, such as geology and vegetation, from peak discharge to low summer base flow. Her study area includes small headwater basins to larger systems such as the Smith River which is dependent on headwater basin streamflow for agricultural use.
Anna, from Rockford, Illinois, got her B.S. in Land Resources Analysis and Management from MSU in 2011. As an undergradate student, she worked with Dr. Brian McGlynn and was hired by him to finish and publish her research after she graduated. After a short stint as a research associate for Dr. McGlynn in his new position at Duke University, Anna came back to Montana get her PhD with Dr. Kelsey Jencso.
Anna says she loves being in Montana. "I love the landscape, the people, and the smaller yet supportive style of the universities here." She's also excited to return to her study location at the Tenderfoot Experimental Forest, a place where she and both Jencso and McGlynn have conducted research. She'll build on that previous work and the extensive existing instrumentation in the forest.
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.