MISSOULA – Incoming University of Montana forestry graduate student Anna Bergstrom recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The Fellowship provides three years of tuition, a stipend and travel to two conferences.
Bergstrom, originally from Rockford, Ill., earned a bachelor’s in land resources analysis and management from Montana State University in 2011. As an undergraduate student, she worked with MSU Associate Professor Brian McGlynn, who later hired her to finish and publish her research after graduation.
She also worked as a research associate for McGlynn in his new position at Duke University before returning to Montana to get her doctorate degree with UM College of Forestry and Conservation Professor Kelsey Jencso.
Bergstrom will work with Jencso to research water runoff in the Little Belt Mountains. She’ll identify factors that influence stream flow, such as geology and vegetation, from peak discharge to low summer base flow. Her study areas will include small headwater basins and larger systems such as the Smith River, which is dependent on headwater basin stream flow for agricultural use.
Returning to Montana will allow Bergstrom to continue her research in the Tenderfoot Experimental Forest, where she previously worked with both Jencso and McGlynn. She also is excited to be back in the state.
“I love the landscape, the people and the smaller, yet supportive, style of the universities here,” Bergstrom said.
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.
For more information call Leana Schelvan, director of communications for UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation, at 406-243-6693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Cutline: Anna Bergstrom (Courtesy photo)