The 2017 MSGC Student Research Symposium will be held on Saturday April 8th, 2017 in Bozeman. There will be a reception for all participants Friday evening April 7th.
The Symposium is an annual opportunity for Montana students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields to present their research. All MSGC affiliate institutions are encouraged to participate and travel support will be available for MSGC past, present, and potential student participants and their advisers. The Symposium will be held in Bozeman at the Museum of the Rockies, registration is at 7:30am April 8th in the main lobby. The reception the night before will be on the MSU-Bozeman campus in Barnard Hall (formerly the Engineering and Physical Sciences Building, EPS) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Friday April 7th. Please check back for updates and a draft schedule.
Register for the 2017 Symposium HERE. Registration closes April 1, 2017.
2017 Draft Schedule HERE.
For questions about the Symposium contact:
2017 Keynote Speakers
Jaime Waydo is lead systems engineer of X – The Moonshot Factory on the Waymo Self-Driving Car Program and former Curiosity Rover Mobility Engineer (more info).
Angela Des Jardins is director of Montana Space Grant Consortium, Assistant Research Professor, Montana State University Department of Physics, and a solar physicist. She will be presenting on the exciting opportunities Montana is leading during the once in a lifetime, coast to coast, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (more info).
Students can choose to share their work as a poster or a talk. Individual student talks will be scheduled for 10 minutes with 2 additional minutes for questions from the audience and group talks with two or more students will be scheduled for 15 minutes with 5 additional minutes for questions from the audience. A computer and projector will be provided for all student talks. Please bring a jump drive with your slides in PowerPoint or PDF format with you when you check in for the Symposium to load on the correct computer. Recommended maximum size for posters is 3'x4' or 4'x3' but we will be able to accommodate other poster sizes. Please see Student Resources for further information and tips.
Posters will be available for viewing during the entire Symposium with two scheduled poster sessions. Posters can be set up starting at 7:30am on Saturday April 7th. Posters should be picked up by 4:30pm on Saturday April 7th. ALL presentations, posters and talks, will receive feedback from MSGC faculty affiliates and partners. Please be by your posters during the designated paster session to answer questions.
MSGC Student Achievement Awards:
The MSGC Student Achievement Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present a talk at the MSGC student research symposium. Awardees are honored with a cash award of $500. There are three potential categories for the award; undergraduate research institution, undergraduate small institution, and graduate.
Rules: This award is in consideration of a student's yearlong
research efforts. A letter of nomination by the student's mentor is due by Friday April 1st and will be reviewed by a committee. Each mentor can nominate a maximum of two students. The letter of nomination should be no more than one page single-spaced addressing why this student has proved to be an outstanding researcher.
2016 Award Winners
2015 Award Winners
2014 Award Winners
2013 Award Winners
2012 Award Winners
2011 Award Winners
Eric Loberg, Museum of the Rockies Planetarium Program Manager, and Rocky Mountain College's Ksenia Lynch accepting her award for best undergraduate poster at the 2014 student research symposium
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 MSGC Student Research Symposium particularly our keynote speakers Jaime Waydo and Geoff Bland. The 2015 schedule of student talks and posters is available.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 MSGC Student Research Symposium particularly our keynote speakers Jaime Waydo and Michelle Larson. The 2014 schedule of student talks and posters is available.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013 MSGC Student Research Symposium particularly our keynote speakers Jaime Waydo and Brian Larson. The 2013 schedule of student talks and posters is available.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012 MSGC Student Research Symposium. The 2012 Symposium Schedule is available as well as titles of the 2012 Student Talks and 2012 Student Posters. The 2012 Student Abstracts are organized by session topic.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 MSGC Student Research Symposium. The 2011 Symposium included keynote speakers Dava Newman and Jaime Waydo. The 2011 Symposium Schedule is available here as well as the detailed schedule of 2011 Student Presentations and the 2011 Presentation Abstracts organized by session topic.