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Montana Tech Receives Funding to Continue Montana Minds' Scholarship


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Montana Tech the remaining funds of a continuing grant totaling $597,181 to support Montana Tech’s project, Montana Minds - Scholarships for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The Montana Minds project, which will run until 2016, is under the direction of Principle Investigator Dr. Douglas A. Coe, dean of the College of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies; co-Principle Investigators, Dr. Amy J. Kuenzi, Biological Sciences department head; Dr. Richard Rossi, Mathematical Sciences department head; Dr. Douglas Cameron, Chemistry department head; and Dr. Michele Van Dyne, associate professor in Computer Science, Senior Personnel, Amy Verlanic and Annette Kankelborg, and Evaluator, Rayelynn Connole.                           

Montana Minds has used these funds to award 21 renewable scholarships to academically prepared but financially challenged students to help them obtain degrees in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree disciplines of biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or software engineering.

Strategies being used to support scholarship recipients include:
• enrolling Montana Minds’ scholars, during their first years on campus, in a Montana Minds’ course designed to instill and sharpen the skills needed to succeed in college;
• advising within a discipline by a single STEM faculty member who will mentor each student’s progress and catalyze relationships with other STEM faculty;
• assigning carefully selected upper division undergraduate mentor/tutors to assist the Montana Minds’ scholars with their studies and help build community among these scholars;
• assisting Montana Minds’ scholars in pursuing faculty mentored undergraduate research;
• visiting, during the Montana Minds’ scholars freshman and sophomore years, national science and engineering laboratories to witness science and engineering done on a grand scale;
• providing the financial support for each of the scholars to attend a national meeting during their junior year to broaden their acquaintance with the scope of their discipline; and
• encouraging the Montana Minds’ scholars to become involved with student clubs in their discipline.

“The Montana Tech Montana Minds’ program aims to improve opportunities for students, increase graduation rates and encourage career interests in STEM fields, create a more student-focused culture at Montana Tech, and educate faculty on the challenges facing financially disadvantaged students,” added Dr. Doug Coe.

2013 Montana Minds scholars are: Chloe Bayless, Turtle Lake, North Dakota; Lauren Bolton, Anaconda, MT; Garrett Karnath, Belgrade, MT; Anthony Moritz, Butte, MT; Aubrey Carpenter, Melrose, MT; Macy Ricketts, Livingston, MT; Jordan Duffy, Butte, MT; Jacob Howery, Butte, MT; Gary Parrett, Butte, MT; Gage Weston, Butte, MT; Michael Gray, Hot Springs, MT; Landon Score, Malta, MT; Riley Hash, Butte, MT; Raymond LaTray, Anaconda, MT; Christopher Doney, Malta, MT; Tyler Taylor, Butte, MT; Korey Merritt, Deer Lodge, MT; Charles Holland, Helena, MT; Joseph Krupa, Palmer, AK; Tristina Lancaster, Butte, MT; Jesse Lieberg, Havre, MT.

For more information about the Montana Minds Scholarship, please contact Annette Kankelborg at 406-496-4694.