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July 02, 2013

MISSOULA – A University of Montana student and an alumna recently received awards from two national honor societies.MuellerCross

Emily Cross of Glendive, a 2013 UM graduate, was awarded a fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest honor society.

Cross earned her bachelor’s in philosophy with minors in music and economics, graduating from the Davidson Honors College with high honors. She will continue her studies at the University of California-Irvine School of Law.

She is among 57 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. The selection process for the fellowship is based on the student’s graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

Allison Mueller of Brainerd, Minn., received a $2,000 JoAnne Trow Award from Alpha Lambda Delta. She studies physics at UM and intends to attend graduate school for engineering or geophysics. She also is part of the Davidson Honors College.

The JoAnne Trow Award focuses on scholarship, volunteer experiences and service to an Alpha Lambda Delta organization. Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA and are in the top 20 percent of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

Mueller currently conducts atomic research in conjunction with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., and she hopes to publish her work in the coming year.

During her sophomore year, she volunteered with the Flagship Program, exposing at-risk youth from the Missoula area to different fields of study at UM through the University Alpha Lambda Delta chapter’s Future College Stars initiative.

For more information call Laure Pengelly Drake director of external scholarships and advising for the honors college, at 406-243-6140 or email More information on Phi Kappa Phi is available at, and more information about Alpha Lambda Delta is available at


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Mueller: Allison Mueller

Cross: Emily Cross



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Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, director of external scholarships and advising, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-6140,