Joint effort: Astronaut Jerry Ross gives a tour of the International Space Station.
Rediscovering Lewis and Clark: A UM program will host a new National Lewis and Clark Education Center.
Out of the Classroom, Into the Field: Teachers spend part of their summer at UM, learning research skills in the Montana Teachers Investigate Ecology Project.
Exercising Minds: Montana students win big at Detroit's International Science and Engineering Fair.
Montana students captured top awards during the 51st INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Detroit in May. ISEF is the pinnacle event in a yearlong series of local, regional, state and national science fairs.
Eighteen of Montanas brightest students attended ISEF this year. As the top individual and team Grand Award winners from around Montana, they were sponsored by regional science fairs in Billings, Butte, Cascade and Havre and the statewide Science Fair held at UM in April. UMs Department of Computer Science administers the state science fair, which is co-sponsored by the UM Foundation and the Missoula Exchange Club.
The Montana winners exhibits were among more than 1,000 projects from 36 countries in 16 categories of competition. The states winners at the international science fair were:
Garl Germann, 19, of Ennis High School, the American Geological Institutes Association of Engineering Geologists Award; a $1,000 First Award from the American Meteorological Society; a $1,000 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Distinguished Achievement Award and a trip to that organizations national meeting in Calgary, Canada; an $8,000 college scholarship from the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps; and a $1,000 Third Grand Award in the earth and sciences category. Germann also was selected to attend the June International Environmental Project Olympiad in Anatalya, Turkey.
Jayce Getz, 18, of Missoulas Big Sky High School, the $1,000 American Mathematical Societys First Place Karl Menger Award and the mathematics category $1,500 Second Grand Award.
Team members Cassandra Lynn Koerner, 16, and Lynessa Kellog, 16, both of Stevensville High School, the $500 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Team Merit award and the American Geological Institutes Honorable Mention Award.
Joy Womack, 17, of Billings West High School, the American Geological Institutes Honorable Mention Award.
Brittany Kirkland, 18, of Missoulas Big Sky High School, a $1,000 Third Grand Award in the mathematics category.
Jessica Kaae, 15, of Great Falls Charles M. Russell High School, the $500 Fourth Grand Award in the medicine and health category.
Jerri Ahrens, 18, of Sunbursts North Toole County High School, the $500 American Physiological Societys Fourth Award.
Team members Jeremy Brimhall, 17, and Marshall Overcast, 17, of Sunbursts North Toole County High School, the $1,500 Second Grand Award in the team projects category and a $500 Weed Science Society of America Award.
In addition, Larry Faque, a science teacher at North Toole County High School in Sunburst, received a $1,000 Intel Excellence in Teaching Award.