Bozeman doesn't have the market on science and technology.

This year, the Montana Legislature set aside $400,000 for the STEM Scholarship Program, and the University of Montana is eager to recruit high school seniors looking to major in the physical and natural sciences.

"The University of Montana is a science powerhouse," said UM Provost Perry Brown in a statement. "From our physics program, whose graduates go onto the top graduate schools in the country, to having the most productive ecology faculty in North America, UM offers unparalleled opportunities for Montana high school graduates to go on to world-class science programs."

The state is offering $1,000 scholarships to Montana high school students majoring in science, technology engineering, math or health care. UM pointed to its initiatives in brain research, genomics and big-data analysis as evidence of its leadership in the science fields.

A long list of programs at UM and at Missoula College qualify for the scholarship.

At UM: Athletic training, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communicative sciences and disorders, computer science, ecological restoration, environmental studies, forestry, geology, geographic information systems, geosciences, interdisciplinary geosciences, math sciences, mathematics, medical technology, microbiology, pharmacy, physics, pre-engineering, premedical sciences, pre-nursing, pre-pharmacy, pre-professional physical therapy, resource conservation and wildlife biology.

"By 2018, 92 percent of traditional STEM jobs will require at least some postsecondary education and training," Brown said. "We are thrilled to be able to offer Montana high school students a wide array of programs that prepare them for a career in a STEM field. This scholarship is an added incentive."

For details on the scholarship, go to mus.edu/Prepare/Pay/Scholarships/STEM_Scholarship.asp.

For details on qualifying programs at Missoula College, go to bit.ly/1e5WcZN.

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