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TRiO Math/Science Upward Bound

Summer 2005

We began the summer of 2005 with some team building exercises and training on map, GPS, and compass in preparation for our fieldwork.  During the first week we also took part in Excel and Technical Writing classes.  By the second week, students were split into four research teams and began their fieldwork.
The Clark Fork River Superfund Site research was designed by Matt Vincent with assistance from Kyle Gunderman, both of the Clark Fork Watershed Education Project at Montana Tech. Becca Woods assisted in the field.  They examined the effects of mining on various creeks in the area, including German's Gulch and Silver Bow Creek.  They collected information about pH, temperature, vegetation, and macro invertebrates from each site. 
The Sage Grouse Research Team was led by wildlife biologist Steve Sherman.  This group studied the habitat and leks (or mating grounds) of sage grouse by quantifying vegetation.  They determined which places were the best for mating and raising offspring.
Rick Nordahl led the Engineering Research Team, which worked on the UM-Western campus.  The engineers were split into three subgroups, with each subgroup creating their own golf course resort.  They built scale models of each resort, which included making maps and building plans.   
The Thermal Life Research Team  traveled to Yellowstone National Park, where they stayed for two weeks to do their research.  They were instructed by Danielle Nicholas and Kevin Toppings of Yellowstone National Park, Dr. David Ward of the MSU Thermal Biology Institute, and were assisted by Rod Benson and  Bridget Waldon.  They studied the types of organisms that live in geysers, mud pots, fumaroles, and hot springs. 
The Thermal Life Research Team got the opportunity to study popular sites such as Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful.  They saw bacteria living in hot acid.  In addition, they got the chance to tour the Thermal Biology Institute lab at Montana State University in Bozeman.
  During the final week of the program, students took classes on PowerPoint, Technical Writing, and Speech from UM Western and BCHS faculty members. They also created an annual memory book during this time.  They applied this knowledge to create research papers and PowerPoint presentations that were based on their fieldwork.   Their findings were presented in a symposium to end the summer program. 

Discovery Sites is the TRiO MSUB job shadowing program, and all students were offered at least one opportunity to spend an afternoon in the field with professionals in math and science careers.  This year the students had the choice of: 

  • Speech Therapy with Kitty Griffin
  • Industrial Technology with Mark Rogstad
  • Land Management with Steve Armiger
  • Hospital Radiology with Kevin Mackey
  • Publishing with Di Francis
  • Small Animal Hospital with Dr. Andrea Simonson
  • Surgical Nursing with Carol Ruppal
  • Biological Research with Mike Morrow
  • Veterinary Hospital with Lynn Brown
  • Library with Mike Shultz

ield trips are also an important part of the TRiO MSUB experience.  This year, the students did a lot of traveling outside of their reasearch groups, which included:  

·          An orientation retreat at Birch Creek, which included workshops
and a low 
ropes course  
·          Virginia City play and barbeque 
·           Upward Bound Olympics at Montana Tech
·          Powwow in Arlee and trip to Flathead Lake
·          Orienteering contest at Mineopa and Twin Lakes  
·          Rock-climbing and picnic at Barrett’s Park 

Life 101 is an ongoing series of workshops and speakers designed to round out our curriculum in a fun way.  Life 101 offers students a glimpse outside of our wall and expands student's knowledge of careers and fields of study.  Life 101 also offers practical and personal development opportunities.  The following topics were offered this year: 

·          Admissions 101:  Applying to College  
·           Culture 101: Photography at Patagonia and UMW Art Gallery 
·          Politics 101: Where Does Your Vote Go?
·          Literature 101: Book Lover's Basket  
·          Sustainable Business 101: Patagonia Outlet 
·          Culture 101: Teaching Excellence  
·          Life 101:The Peace Corps Experience 

  Finally, during the fourth week, the students took the annual Career, College, and Cultural (CCC) exploration trip. This year the new students traveled to Bozeman, where we got a tour of the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks facility and learned about careers in biology.  We also toured the ILX Light Wave headquarters to learn about careers in technology.  In addition, we took a tour of Montana State University and learned about scholarships and the majors that they offer.  On top of that, we saw a musical comedy featuring Broad Comedy and the Arrogant Worms, visited the Museum of the Rockies, and enjoyed Thai, Greek, and Mongolian food!  











Returning TRiO MSUB students got the chance to travel to Salt Lake City for their Career, College, and Cultural experience.   Here, we visited the Utah Geological Survey to learn about careers in geology.  We got to learn about dinosaurs and earthquakes at the Utah Museum of Natural History.  We also got the opportunity to visit the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  While we were in Salt Lake, we ate at The Pie, Sugar House Barbeque, and the Hunt Dinner Theater (an interactive murder mystery dinner.) Finally, we spent a day at the Lagoon theme park. 

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Updated on:  10/20/10