2011 Annual Meeting at Montana Tech, April 15-16

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Montana Academy of Sciences will be held on the Montana Tech campus on April 15-16.  Abstracts for poster and oral presentations must be submitted by April 1.

This year we plan to have a symposium on Friday, April 15, on Weed Problems and Reclamation.  The poster session will be from 6-7 pm, after which we will have dinner, followed by the keynote talk at 8:15.

Saturday are general oral sessions.

The final detailed schedule will be posted shortly.

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Small Grant Application Deadline Extended

The new deadline for small grant applications is March 21, 2011.  Please see below for details of submission guidelines.

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Student Research Grants 2011 – call for proposals

The Montana Academy of Sciences Announces:


The Montana Academy of Sciences (MAS) is pleased to be able to award research grants to undergraduate and graduate students in the State of Montana.  These grants (up to $500.00) are intended to help students pursue research projects at all Montana Universities, 4-year Colleges and Tribal Colleges.  Application due date has been extended to  March 21, with awards expected within two months for research during summer and the next academic year.  Students that receive funding are expected to present the results of their research at the MAS annual meeting in the spring following the award.

All undergraduate and graduate students engaged in scientific research at the institutions above are eligible.  Students need not be members of MAS.  However, the application must be signed by and accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty mentor at the institution.  If the faculty mentor is not a member of MAS, and the grant is awarded, it is expected that the faculty mentor will join the Academy.  The membership form can be found on our website along with other information regarding this grant program.

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2010 Junior Acadamy Award winners

The following four students were recognized at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the MT Academy of Sciences at MT Tech, UM on Saturday, April 10th. They received Travel Awards of $800 each as the Official MT Student Delegates to the National Junior of Academy of Science 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Marylin and Gil Alexander Travel Award: Rodolfo Villarreal-Calderon (Big Sky High School, Missoula) – Myocardial Inflammation in Young Adults Exposed to Air Pollution.

  • James Cusker Travel Award: Derek Parrott (Sentinel High School, Missoula) – The Streaming Velocities of Pulsating Auroras in Relation to the Precipitation of Charged Particles into the Ionosphere.

  • Third Place Paper: Morgan Squires (Big Sky High School, Missoula) –Identification of Sculpin Species in the Columbian River Basin of Western Montana: Are multiple species sympatric within a river?

  • Fourth Place Paper: Jordan Costello (Sentinel High School, Missoula) – The Removal of Barriers in Burnt Fork Creek with Regard to Water Temperature Suitable for Native Trout.
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2010 Award Winners

MAS 2010 awardees are:

  • Mershon Award: James G. Berardinelli (Montana State University)

  • Science Mentor of the Year: Brandon Honzel (Big Sky High School)

  • Best Undergraduate Poster: Matthew Weaver (U. Montana). Will Cation Binding in the G-quadruplex Cavity Lead to Enhanced Efficacy? Matthew J. Weaver, Nicholas R. Natale

  • Best Graduate Student Poster: Brent Lyda (U. Montana). Design and synthesis of neutral amino-acid transport inhibitors and the CNS. Brent Lyda, Ben Seaver, C. Sean Esslinger.

  • Best Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation: Kyle Richardson (MTTech). Microhabitat Structure Affects Small Mammal Abundance and Prevalence Of Sin Nombre Virus Among Deer Mice. Kyle Richardson, Scott Carver, Richard Douglass, Amy Kuenzi.

  • Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation: Michael J. Borgreen (MSU). Reproductive Rate of Semi-Free Ranging Bison (Bison bison) at the National Bison Range. Michael J. Borgreen, Thomas J. Roffe, Eli M. Berry, Richard B. McCosh, James G. Berardinelli.
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2010 Annual Meeting Photos

Rob Thomas, Keynote 2010

Rob Thomas (UMW) gives the keynote address at the 2010 MAS annual meeting

The 2010 MAS Annual Meeting was held April 9-10 at the Montana Tech campus, Butte, MT. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Rob Thomas, geologist with the University of Montana Western, who presented the talk, Fluvial Arctic Grayling habitat restoration and assessment, upper Big Hole River drainage, southwest Montana.

MAS 2010 Poster Session

MAS 2010 Poster Session

2010 Mershon Award

James Berardinelli (MSU) accepts the 2010 Mershon Award from MAS president James Barron

Award winners included Dr. James Berardinelli, animal scientist from Montana State University, who was recognized for his years of contributions to science in Montana.

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