Undergrad student research

All of our undergraduate students are encouraged to do a senior research project if that fits in with their academic and career goals. Students will work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to design and implement a reserach project. Several of our scholarships directly support undergraduate research (Irene EversPhilip L. WrightAlaback and Brewer Melipal Fellowship). Our general scholarship funds can also support student research.

Each year the University of Montana hosts a Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR) where students can present a poster or talk about their research findings. 

Highlights of a few student researchers:


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Mariah Bell received an Irene Evers scholarship for her research on the spatial distribution of saturated hydrologic conductivity. She also won second place at a Montana water conference and presented her work at the American Geophyscial Unions Fall meeting.

Jessica DellaRossa, a Resource Conservation major mentored by professor Brian Chaffin, presented her poster on "Institutional Mapping of Montana Water Law" at UMCUR and won first place.

In 2016, Ecosystem Science & Restoration major Jessie Bunker won a first place prize at UMCUR for his research on whitebark pine.