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Montana: Award Highlights

See what exciting research and education has been funded by NSF in each state or U.S. territory.  Award Highlights provide a snapshot about select NSF awards and their impacts.

19 Award Highlights found :: Montana

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native american high-school students attend an accelerated math program

Increasing math competency for Native Americans

Accelerated math program eases transition between high school and college ...

Research Areas: Education

a researcher uses fungi to ferment cellulose into petroleum

Fungus fermentation aids biofuel research

Naturally occurring process could replace costly step in biofuel production...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

researcher on mount everest communicates with montana classrooms via satellite

Students 'climb' Mount Everest

Satellite science promotes K-12 STEM learning...

Research Areas: Education

head and thorax of a male rhinoceros beetle with a branched horn

What Developmental Mechanism Leads to Extreme Trait Size?

Insulin plays a role in the growth of extreme, sexually selected traits ...

Research Areas: Biology

photo of five students, three with hands inside plastic bags in plastic tub; they are investigating temperature changes

Polar Scientists Collaborate With Students for Crow Education Partnership

This partnership provides science enrichment activities for 10 fourth-grade classrooms in three different schools on or near the Crow reservation, and professional development for their teachers....

Research Areas: Education, Earth & Environment, Polar

cyanobacterial mats in Octopus Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Microbes Under Scrutiny

Oxygen-producing germs give clues about changing geophysical conditions...

Research Areas: Mathematics, Earth & Environment, Biology

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Montana Children See Playful Side of Science During Science Saturdays

Program introduces children to genetics, viruses, nanomaterials and other subjects that challenge even many adults...

Research Areas: Education

E. coli cells on rocks

Optical Imaging Reveals Link Between Bacteria and Rock Formation

Laser microscopy unearths the role of bacteria in carbon release from rocks....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Mathematics


Learning About Hot Viruses Can Be Cool

Outreach program engages all ages in learning about viruses found at Yellowstone....

Research Areas: Education

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Tribal College Develops Zeolite Water Filter

In collaboration with University of Montana (UMT) professor Jim Gannon, Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC) researcher and instructor Bob Madsen initiated the CDKC Zeolite Water Filter project in 2007....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

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Tribal College Creates First Engineering Degree Program

Salish Kootenai College became the first tribal college in the United States to offer a baccalaureate degree in engineering....

Research Areas: Education

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Educators Linked American Indian Culture with Science Education

Salish Kootenai College's Big Sky Science Partnership has hosted a Culture Camp for K-8 teachers in Montana....

Research Areas: Education, People & Society

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Polar Microbial Ecologist Named an AAAS Fellow

NSF-funded microbial ecologist John Priscu of the University of Montana was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of life in extreme environments, especially the study of life in ice and in ice-covered polar lakes in Antarctica. ...

Research Areas: Polar, Biology

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Studying the Magnetic Reconnection of the Sun

Jiong Qiu of Montana State University is trying to quantitatively determine the evolution of magnetic field topology and energy flow in solar magnetic reconnection events....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Astronomy & Space, Mathematics

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Managing Wildfires through Mapping and Visualization

New Web-based tool offers improved capabilities for real-time fire modeling and strategic fire-fighting to help save lives....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Engineering, Computing

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Yellowstone Hot Springs Provide Clues for Defining Microbial Species

Researchers at Montana State University are attempting to understand how microorganisms are grouped into species-like populations, and how the genetic diversity of the area's microbial community has evolved....

Research Areas: Biology, Education

Photo of two children looking at rhino beetle

Beetles Teach Kids about Science

Doug Emlen of the University of Montana is using live rhinoceros beetles to develop children's interest in insects and science....

Research Areas: Biology, Earth & Environment, Education

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Montana State University Develops Undergraduate Research Program

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in solar and space physics invites selected students to perform individual research projects under the supervision of a Montana State University faculty member....

Research Areas: Physics, Education

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The Effect of Predation Risk on Elk Populations

Researchers at Montana State University are studying the behavior of elk in response to the risk of predation by wolves. Understanding predator-prey relationships is important for wildlife management and conservation efforts....

Research Areas: Biology

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