Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

  • Sabbatical
  • Faculty Short-term Development Leave Program
  • BEST Program: The BEST (Buy-out for Enhancing Scholarship and Teaching) Program was initiated to enhance scholarship and creative activities across campus, including the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Advance Leadership Award Grants for Women Faculty: The NSF ADVANCE Leadership Award, in conjunction with the University's BEST program, supports the development of mentoring relationship and a mentoring network for women faculty at Montana State University.
  • Clinical Research Development Program

Faculty Awards

  • Excellence in Outreach Award: This award is given annually to recognize and encourage excellence in university outreach programs. All MSU faculty are eligible for this award.
  • Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring: In recognition of the importance of undergraduate research/creativity, this award is given annually to a faculty member who engages undergraduate students in this valuable learning process.
  • James & Mary Ross Provost's Award for Excellence: This award recognizes excellence in teaching and scholarship at Montana State University-Bozeman.
  • Cox Faculty Award for Creative Scholarship & Teaching: This award recognizes faculty who best combine excellence in teaching with research and creative activities.
  • Wiley Award for Meritorious Research & Creativity (VPR): The nomination for this award may be stimulated by a single, especially significant research achievement or by a recent body of work, either of which should be the product of extensive, mature research activity. Typically, the nominee will be someone who has attained the rank fo Associate or Full Professor.
  • Meritorious Technology/Science Award (VPR): This award recognizes a faculty member who has made one or more significant technological/scientific contribution(s). It is intended for faculty members who have made discoveries that will likely be transferred or have already been transferred to the private sector, and that have potential to be or already are useful products or processes impacting the Montana or U.S. economy.

Student Awards

  • MSU Foundation Graduate Achievement Awards: Recognize students in any or all of these categories: outstanding doctoral graduate, outstanding master's graduate and outstanding Native American graduate. These awards are counterparts to the Wiley awards for faculty.
  • Awards for Excellence: These awards recognize seniors who have outstanding records of achievement in academic and extracurricular activities, as well as service to MSU and the local community. Students are nominated by faculty in their college or department and recipients are honored at a banquet sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association and Bozeman Chamber of Commerce. Qualifications include senior status, a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated campus leadership and community service. Each honored student selects a mentor for a Faculty Excellence Award.