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UM is known for its research in wildlife biology, forestry, pharmacy, chemistry, climate
change and more. And while STEM is big at UM, research in the humanities, social sciences
and other fields is also fundamental here.
In 2022 the University of Montana became a nationally and globally known center for
research when UM was named an R1 institution, one of just 146 instutitions nationwide to be listed among the ranks of “Doctoral
Universities: Very High Research Activity."
Research at UM
Supportive environmentSTEM powerhouseBest in the nation
“I couldn’t have found an environment that was more supportive. So many people at
UM are invested in my career and my research.”
– HUNTER GRIMES, MICROBIOLOGY, CLASS OF 2022
"I think everyone should go to their smaller-town universities, especially for STEM.”
– AILEY ROBINSON, PHYSICS WITH ASTRONOMY CONCENTRATION
“UM is one of the best – if not the best – wildlife biology graduate schools in the
nation so I definitely had an interest in coming here."
Research is central to our mission at the University of Montana and our students will
learn from scholars who are at the top of their fields.
Published in 'Nature'
Only an anthropologist would treasure millennia-old human feces found in dry caves. Just ask Dr. Meradeth Snow, UM researcher and co-chair of UM’s Department of Anthropology.
She was recently part of an international team that used human “paleofeces” to discover
that ancient people had far different microorganisms living in their guts than we
do in modern times.
The art and science of camping
For a nation that loves to camp, the past few summers have been fraught with more
issues than mosquitoes and getting damp firewood to light. For many, just landing
a site in a national park has been a logistical landmine, requiring more flexibility
and fortitude than folding a six-person tent alone.
Before Hilary Martens earned master’s degrees in geophysics from the University of
Cambridge, University College London and the California Institute of Technology, she
earned her undergraduate degrees from UM in physics and music.
Now she's back on campus as an associate professor, directing the Martens Lab, a geophysics research group that studies earthquakes
in Montana and the interactions between the Earth and its water surfaces. In just
a few short years, her findings have generated a number of large and prestigious grants
to further her research.
Undergraduate research experience is common at UM – even as a first-year student!
Just ask Andi Newbrough, an honors student who worked as a research assistant studying
rhinoceros beetles as a freshman.
Vital vaccine research
In 2020, UM was ranked among the top 10 universities on Successful Student’s list
for “Best Universities Solving the Coronavirus Pandemic,” joining schools like Harvard and Oxford in its commitment to helping defeat the
coronavirus. UM received the recognition for its vital vaccine research, conducted
in the Center for Translational Medicine.