The goal of the MSGC workshops is to introduce Montana undergraduate students to research in science and engineering.

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All Montana undergraduates interested in STEM research experiences are invited to apply. We especially encourage applications from students who have not done research before and/or do not have an opportunity at their home campus. Workshops are nine hours of training plus a brief home project. Participants receive a $200 stipend. Travel to in-person workshops is reimbursed (including hotel if traveling from out of town) and meals are provided. Each workshop can accommodate about 10 students.

Three workshops in three locations

9/18/2020 - 9/19/2020: Remote sensing with snapping turtles, led by Kayhan Ostovar. Friday: Rocky Mountain College, 6-9 PM. Saturday: field site near Billings, 8 AM – 2 PM. Social distancing and masks required.

10/16/2020 - 10/17/2020: Astronomy using remote telescope, led by astrophotographer and CEO of the Montana Learning Center, Ryan Hannahoe. Friday: introduction and observing time with a large telescope, 6-11 PM via video conference. Saturday: analysis of images and instruction, 11 AM – 3 PM via video conference.

10/23/2020 - 10/24/2020: Unmanned Aerial Systems, led by Jennifer Fowler and Jaylene Naylor. Location: Missoula airport. Workshop includes an introduction as well as hands-on drone experience. Friday: 6-9 PM. Saturday: 9 AM – 3 PM. Social distancing and masks required.

Application information

Applications are due two weeks prior to the start of the workshop, including the letter of recommendation. Applications include basic information and a paragraph about why you would like to attend the workshop. All applications must be accompanyied by a letter of recommendation, which is also due two weeks prior to the workshop. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance one week prior to the workshop and will need to confirm their participation. 

Prior to the workshops, accepted participants must complete the Responsible Conduct for Research training. This takes about four hours to complete. Those who have completed the training before do not need to re-take it.

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