Innovative Counselor Training using Mixed Reality Simulation

A new research initiative by Dr. Laura Stanley aims to innovate counselor training using extended reality-based simulations, developed by a multidisciplinary team that includes MSU's Department of Counseling  and collaboration from local theater groups.  The project seeks to address the shortage of culturally competent mental health services in Montana, focusing on enhancing counselors' skills to engage with clients from diverse backgrounds, especially in remoate and Native American communities. [May 2024]

2024 Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering Awards

Congratulations to faculty members

  • Dr. Clemente Izurieta, who received the prestigious Distinguished Professor Award!
  • Dr. Mary Ann Cummings, who received the Outstanding Career of Service & Advising Students Award!

FDA Digital Health Advisory Committee Member

Congratulations to Dr. Laura Stanley, who is now a member of the FDA Digital Health Advisory Committee!  In this role, Dr. Stanley will help shape policy, guide technological and healthcare advancements, and advocate for more human-centered AI/UX approaches.  [May 2024]

2024 Gianforte School of Computing Student Awards

  • Outstanding Ph.D. Researcher: Brad McCoy
  • Outstanding M.S. Researcher: Braeden Sopp
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher: Eli Quist
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant: Jack Ruder
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Course Assistant: Maksym Makarchuk
  • Student Selected Professor of the Year: Mary Ann Cummings

Gianforte Hall Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony for Gianforte Hall, projected to open in 2026, took place on April 17th.  MSU News Article. [April 2024]

Award for Excellence

Computer science senior Amanda Guilland was recognized as one of 40 outstanding seniors during the Founders Day Awards Ceremony.  Recipients excel academically, demonstrate leadership and engage in service.  Amanda chose Dr. Mary Ann Cummings as her inspirational mentor.   MSU News Article. [February 2024]

oSTEM Advisor Award

Dr. John Paxton received a national advisor award at the 2023 oSTEM conference in Anaheim in November.  MSU Article. [February 2024]


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