Davidson Honors College at UM Celebrates Outstanding 2018 Graduates

May 18, 2018

MISSOULA – The Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana recognized nearly 100 graduating students with its University Scholar Distinction, one of the highest academic honors available. More than 25 percent of these graduates were named “Most Outstanding Senior” in their major.

The students recognized as outstanding seniors represent every discipline and dozens of majors across the UM campus. This year’s graduates already are finding meaningful careers and continuing education options in Montana and around the world.

The DHC Outstanding Seniors include:

  • Jebediah Rosen, Victor, Bachelor of Science in computer science, professional option with mathematics minor
  • Cassidy White, North Branch, Minnesota, Bachelor of Science in biology, ecology and organismal biology concentration
  • Sarah Bortis, Missoula, Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies
  • Bethany Crouse, Helena, Bachelor of Science in biochemistry
  • Michael Logan Reid, Missoula, Bachelor of Arts in sociology, emphasis in criminology
  • Claire Babcock, Bozeman, Bachelor of Arts in sociology
  • Katerina Hall, Missoula, Bachelor of Arts in mathematics
  • Soren Ormseth, Great Falls, Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, concentration in pure mathematics
  • Rachel Dickson, Missoula, Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies
  • Jennifer Zundel, Billings, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Breann Watterson, Fort Collins, Colorado, Bachelor of Arts in history
  • Chase Greenfield, Ventura, California, Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in literature
  • Sarah Gaulke, Fairfax, Virginia, Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology, terrestrial concentration
  • Steven Allen, Bozeman, Bachelor of Science in business administration, minor in computer science
  • Lione Helen Clare, Sitka, Alaska, Bachelor of Science in resource conservation, emphasis in climate change studies
  • Anisa Ricci, La Crescenta, California, Bachelor of Arts in women’s, gender and sexuality studies
  • Rachel Steffen, Kalispell, Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, concentration in cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Colton Kyro, Seattle, Washington, Bachelor of Science in ecological restoration, aquatic emphasis
  • William Sutherland, Niwot, Colorado, Bachelor of Arts in physics, computation physics option
  • Nicole Evans, Billings, Bachelor of Arts in music education
  • Victoria Gifford, Agoura Hills, California, Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, concentration in health professions

Some of the scholars’ post-graduation plans include: working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a financial institution specialist in Sacramento, California; attending the University of Michigan’s Ph.D. program in communication studies; working as outreach assistant for Brian Injury Alliance of Montana; serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda as a community health educator; joining Disney as a software engineer in Los Angeles; and attending UM’s master’s program in economics as a teaching assistant and UM BRIDGES Fellow.

These remarkable students from across the country and state chose to attend the Davidson Honors College because of its excellent academic programming, its tailored approach to student support and career development, and the access it provides students for need- and merit-based scholarships for research, internships and travel.

“I am so thrilled with this year’s graduating class of University Scholars who embody the DHC’s ongoing commitment to academic innovation, professional development and an exceptionally welcoming community,” DHC Dean Brock Tessman said.

For more information on this year’s class of University Scholars or the Davidson Honors College, call Kaetlyn Cordingley, DHC director of career development and community partnerships, at 406-243-2579 or email kaetlyn.cordingley@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Kaetlyn Cordingley, director of career development and community partnerships, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-2579, kaetlyn.cordingley@umontana.edu.