2020 Annual Meeting and Program Announcement

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Montana Academy of Sciences will be Saturday, 04 April 2020 on the campus of Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, MT (map of campus at https://map.mtech.edu/). This is a new format for our annual meeting and all events will occur on Saturday. Information regarding the Annual Banquet, poster and oral presentations, and abstracts associated with these, can be accessed on the “Annual Meeting”; simply click here http://sciencemt.org/MAS/?page_id=29.

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2020 Grant Announcement

General Information

The Montana Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce the 2020 Student Research Grant Program, which is designed to award research grants to undergraduate and graduate students in the State of Montana. This year there will be two categories of competitive grants with total funding of $7,500. The first category is for three grants up to $1,500.00 per award, open to both graduate and undergraduate students. The second category ($3,000 total) is open to undergraduate students only, with award amounts up to $750.00 per award. Students may apply to either category, but not to both.

These competitive grants are intended to encourage and assist students with conducting scientific research projects at any of the universities, 4-year colleges, or Tribal colleges in the State of Montana. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to submit a research proposal application to this program. Disciplines of students that have been funded in the past include: biology (all sub-disciplines), biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, environmental and climate sciences, geology, physic, mathematics and the social sciences; as well as, several interdisciplinary fields.

Awards will be announced at or shortly after the Annual Meeting (April 4, 2020). Awards will be disbursed by the end of April or early May for research during the summer and the next academic year. Students who receive funding are expected to present an oral presentation of the results of their research at the 2020 MAS Annual Meeting.

It is the intent of the MAS Student Research Grant Program to disperse these grants to as many institutions and applicants as possible. Furthermore, because grants are funded in order of ranking, and because the MAS intends to disperse as much money from its grants pool as possible, grants requesting smaller dollar amounts may have a better chance of being funded than larger grants. Awards will be made to the grants office or office of sponsored programs for disbursement of funds through the normal channels for extramural funding at each institution. No indirect costs (IDC) will be paid as part of this program.

Eligibility

All undergraduate and graduate students involved in scientific research at the institutions listed in the previous section are eligible. Students need not be members of MAS.

Application Instructions, Process and Deadlines

Instructions for submitting an application will be posted on the MAS website page: Link to Instructions. The application must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor need not be a member of MAS at the time of application; however, if the grant is awarded, it is expected that the faculty member will join the Montana Academy of Sciences. The deadline for application is March 15, 2020. No late submissions will be accepted. Apply online

We expect that the proposal WILL BE WRITTEN PRIMARILY BY THE STUDENT, with guidance, consultation, and review by the faculty sponsor.

Please prepare the following information, for your online application:

Relevant background information for your proposal.

Clearly articulated research objectives, hypothesis, and methodology.

A brief statement describing the potential significance of your research, and how it connects to larger questions in your field.

A detailed budget showing exactly how you plan to use this grant to further your research.

Faculty sponsors must submit a letter of support (included with the proposal submission). This letter should address the student’s ability to conduct the research as well as the institution’s ability to support the research (space in a lab, consumables or other funding provided by the institution, etc.). Further, the letter should acknowledge that the applicants understand that successful grantees will be expected to present results from the project at the Annual Meeting of the MAS, which is held each April at Montana Tech in Butte, the following year. Faculty mentors who sponsor MAS funded research that is not presented will be ineligible to sponsor further projects for a period of three years (grant cycles).

Receipt of the completed application will be confirmed by email from a member of the MAS Student Research Grants Program Committee.

Applications will be reviewed by qualified faculty in the appropriate disciplines. Review and evaluation criteria for proposals will include: scientific merit; understandable approach and assessment; feasibility (can work be performed in time-frame) and implications (what is impact of work); and clarity of writing (format and style). Each applicant whose grant proposal is reviewed will receive their scores, ranking relative to the funding priority cut-off, and summaries of reviewers from the Chair of the MAS Student Research Grants Program Committee.

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2019 Annual Meeting and Program Announcement

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Montana Academy of Sciences will be held Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th, on the campus of Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, MT (map of campus at http://www.mtech.edu/about/visit/map/). Information regarding the Annual Banquet, poster and oral presentations, and abstracts associated with these, can be accessed on the “Annual Meeting”; simply click here http://sciencemt.org/MAS/?page_id=29.

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2018 Annual Meeting and Program Announcement

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Montana Academy of Sciences will be held Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th, on the campus of Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, MT (map of campus at http://www.mtech.edu/about/visit/map/). Information regarding the Annual Banquet, poster and oral presentations, and abstracts associated with these, can be accessed on the “Annual Meeting”; simply click here http://sciencemt.org/MAS/?page_id=29.

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2017 Annual Meeting Keynote Address

mmrfv4eqThe Board of Directors of the MAS is pleased and proud to announce that the 2017 Annual Meeting will feature Dr. P. Andrew Karplus as its “Keynote Address” speaker for this year’s meeting.  The address, titled, “Teaching, Teamwork, and Aha! Moments” will be at 8:00 pm, immediately following the MAS Annual Banquet in the Copper Lounge of the Montana Tech Student Union Building. Dr. Karplus, better known as Andy, is a Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University. He loves teaching and working with students. Guided by the view that “we can better understand what we can see.” His research focuses on determining the three-dimensional structures of proteins and puzzling out their functions. Dr. Karplus received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow in Freiburg, Germany. He started his faculty career at Cornell before moving to Oregon State.   Examples from his research include the “floodgate” hypothesis for how certain enzymes control cell signaling and influence health and disease.  You can read more about Dr. Karplus at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/biochem/faculty/karplus.html

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2017 Annual Meeting Program

Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Montana Academy of Sciences will be held Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th, on the campus of Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, MT (map of campus). Information regarding the sessions, and deadlines for abstract submission and registration are given under the “Annual Meeting” tab of this page; simply click on it.

MAS Support for the “MARCH FOR SCIENCE”

The Board of Directors wishes to express the support of the Montana Academy of Sciences for the upcoming March for Science to be held in Washington, DC, on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The purposes of the March are laudable and can be viewed at https://www.marchforscience.com/. A discussion of the March can be found at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/02/09/the-march-for-science-is-gaining-mainstream-momentum/?utm_term=.6f6e5b085469.

Our support for this demonstration for science is found in the Constitution of the Montana Academy of Sciences (1961) under ARTICLE I. Purpose, Sec. 2. The objectives of the Montana Academy of Sciences are to encourage interest and participation in the sciences and to promote public understanding of science and its contribution to society, with the meaning of Section 501 © (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

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Laurie Henneman Outstanding Student Presentation Awards

The Montana Academy of Sciences would like to thank all those who attended and participated in our 2016 Annual Meeting on April 8 and 9 at Montana Tech.  Additionally, we would like to thank our sponsors of the meeting; we could not have done it without you!  There were many fine poster and oral presentations at the meeting, but the Board of Directors have identified the following four students as recipients of the Laurie Henneman outstanding student presentation awards:

Best Undergraduate Student Poster:  Oscar Machado, Montana State University – Bozeman, “Determining the place of Aqp-3b in the Wnt/Ca2+ Noncanonical Pathway”

Best Graduate Student Poster:  Medora Lachman, Montana State University – Bozeman, “The Intertwined Successional Development of Lamb Gut Microbota and Immune System”

Best Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation: Jordan Foster, Montana Tech, “Stormwater in Silver Bow and Blacktail Creeks: Implications for the Microbial Community”

 Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation: M. Rashelle Herrygers, Montana State University – Bozeman, “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Metabolic Profiles to Distinguish Geographically Isolated Populations of Mountain Goats (Oreamnos americanus)”

 

Congratulations to all the award winners!

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Have Photos?

If any attendees have photos from this year’s MAS annual meeting last weekend and don’t mind having them posted, please send them to webmaster Jim Barron at, jbarron@msubillings.edu.

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2016 Annual Meeting Program

The 2016 Annual Meeting Program can be found at the link below:

2016 Annual Meeting Program
Download the MAS 2016 Annual Meeting Program

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Small Grants 2016

The MAS awards small grants to undergraduate and graduate researchers in Montana. We have increased the size of our grants this year. In 2016, we hope to award THREE larger grants (up to $1500) and FOUR smaller grants (up to $750). This year’s deadline for grant submissions is March 10, 2016. Awards will be announced after the 2016 MAS Annual Meeting, April 8-9 in Butte. Awardees will be required to present their research at the 2017 MAS Annual Meeting.

For more information and application materials, see our Small Grants page, under Funding and Awards on the top navigation bar.

 

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