Initiative Beams UM Professors Into High Schools Across Montana, U.S.

May 04, 2015

MISSOULA – How do chemists change the way we grow food? How do the molecules in our brains shape our thoughts and feelings? How does place inspire scientific inquiry and exploration?

On May 6 and 7, high school students across Montana and around the U.S. will explore these questions in interactive, digital classes taught by University of Montana faculty. During the 50-minute classes, professors also will discuss their career pathways and share their experiences in higher education.

The digital classes include:

  • “Sense of Place and Scientific Exploration,” Natalie Dawson, director of the Wilderness Institute.
  •  “Your Brain: from Molecules to Mind,” Mike Kavanaugh, director of the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience.
  • “The Way Things Work, One Molecule at a Time: Organophosphate Insecticides,” Chuck Thompson, professor, UM Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The digital classes will be facilitated by Inspired Classroom, a Missoula-based company that uses technology to enrich classrooms around the world.

 “We know how vital role-model experiences are in helping students chart a path to higher education and meaningful careers,” said We Are Montana in the Classroom Director Holly Truitt. “We are so excited for high school classes as far away as Los Angeles and North Carolina – and all across Montana – to engage with these inspiring professors and to experience what it’s like to be a college student at the University of Montana.”

We Are Montana in the Classroom connects UM faculty members and students with K-12 learners, allowing them to preview the learning opportunities of college. The initiative is a collaboration between UM Admissions, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, spectrUM Discovery Area and the UM Office of International Programs.

Limited space is still available for We Are Montana in the Classroom’s digital classes. Teachers who wish to enroll can email Alli DePuy at

Contact: Holly Truitt, director of We Are Montana in the Classroom, 406-243-4872,