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MPA STUDENT LOBBIES ON BEHALF OF ALL MUS STUDENTS Janelle Booth, who graduated in May with a Master’s of Public Administration through the Department of Political Science, was selected as Montana Associated Students’ lobbyist during the 2011 legislative session. She represented all students on each campus in the Montana university system by tracking student-related legislation, providing testimony in hearings, disseminating information to students, legislators and the press, and coordinating student activity at the capitol. During her graduate studies at MSU, Booth received a graduate fellowship to work at the Western Transportation Institute. She was awarded the University Transportation Center Outstanding Student of the Year award and traveled to Washington, D.C. for the award ceremony. She also presented the results of her transportation research at four national conferences, and received a student paper award at the National TRB Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation in Burlington, Vt. last fall. While at MSU, Booth was awarded a scholarship to serve as one of two representatives from the U.S. to attend the International Black Sea Symposium in Aegina, Greece during the summer

Janelle Booth. Photo by Parker Hilton.

of 2010. Thirty-nine young professionals from countries in the wider Black Sea region, Western Europe, the U.S. and Central Asia were selected to participate in the symposium, where topics discussed included energy security, the role of NATO and Russia, EU relations, good governance in the Black Sea region, and conflict resolution methodology. Booth is currently working as a Community Resource Associate Specialist at MSU’s Local Government Center. She grew up on a ranch in South Dakota and wants to continue to be an advocate for agriculture and rural communities. “Janelle is the kind of person who will make the world a better place but not require (or desire) the spotlight of recognition,” said Liz Shanahan, associate professor in the Department of Political Science.

Students Receive PRESTIGIOUS Goldwater Scholarships Casey Donovan, mathematical sciences, and Daniel Barta, earth sciences, received Goldwater Scholarships in 2011. The scholarship is the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. It will give each recipient up to $7,500 a year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. The awards are the 52nd and 53rd Goldwaters given to MSU students since the Goldwater Foundation was established in 1986. MSU is one of the nation’s top institutions for total Goldwater recipients. Princeton University received four Goldwaters this year, Harvard University received three, and Duke University received one. This is the third year in a row that MSU has had two winners.

undergraduates with hands-on opportunities to conduct research early in their careers. Both students are from Montana, came to MSU with Presidential Scholarships, are members of MSU’s Honors Program and served as vice presidents of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at MSU. Excerpted from Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service

“We are in the big leagues,” said Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee, director of the MSU Honors Program and administrator of the Goldwater Scholarship program at MSU. Lee said MSU students continue to win Goldwaters because of the university’s emphasis on providing Daniel Barta from Helena (left) and Casey Donoven from Kremlin, both students at MSU, won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in 2011.

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Confluence 2011-2012  

The College of Letters and Science annual magazine. This issue is titled "Learning in the Last Best Place."

Confluence 2011-2012  

The College of Letters and Science annual magazine. This issue is titled "Learning in the Last Best Place."