CREWS news

This blog contains information about the CREWS project and team, including news, updates, highlights, outcomes and products, or any other useful content about the CREWS project.


Montana NSF EPSCoR helped support STEM Summit 2019, a statewide gathering that welcomed 165 representatives from education, industry, government and non-profits to discuss how to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning in Montana.

A report outlining findings from the event is now available for free download, and the data will be used to guide new Montana NSF EPSCoR efforts in STEM learning and workforce development.

Meet Ann Marie Reinhold, an assistant research professor at Montana State University in Bozeman (Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences) and a member of the EPSCoR Track 1 research team. She is a hydroecologist and interdisciplinary scientist who works with the Judith River Watershed team.

Water Quality Basics, a free online course highlighting key issues and topics on water quality, is now available as part of Montana NSF EPSCoR's "CREWS-U" professional development program.

The noncredit course explores water quality issues, including primers on the hydrologic cycle and determinants of water quality. It will address key issues for water quality, such as contaminant degradation and movement in the environment, iron and manganese, hard water, fire in the watershed, animal feeding operations, nutrients, wastewater treatment and emerging contaminants.

Engineer Erika Espinosa-Ortiz received a seed grant from Montana NSF EPSCoR in February and quickly jumped into sharing her work with students and teachers via a new outreach project called CREWS Junior Researcher (CREWS is the acronym for the current Track 1 project: The Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems).

Meet Megan Moore, a PhD student at the University of Montana (Department of Society and Conservation) and a member of the EPSCoR Track 1 research team. She is a research assistant with the Upper Clark Fork River team and is also a human geographer studying the Anaconda Co. Smelter Superfund site.

Field Notes on our Virtual Meeting at NSF

These notes describe our team’s experience switching on short notice from an in-person meeting to a virtual meeting at NSF. We are sharing these informal notes in the event that it helps others prepare for similar changes. Please send any questions to


Montana NSF EPSCoR, with the support of the MSU Science Math Resource Center and Bozeman non-profit School Services of Montana, have launched a statewide survey so Montana public school teachers can share their needs and interests for professional development. The survey will help Montana NSF EPSCoR and its partners better address the needs of educators statewide.

Do you work with youth in an out-of-school program in a Montana small town?

Would you like financial support to attend a Science Action Club workshop and bring back STEM resources for your community?

In partnership with the Montana Afterschool Alliance, we are pleased to offer travel support to two out-of-school programs to attend the Science Action Club workshop in Spokane, Washington on Feb. 10 and 11, 2020.

The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative, an outreach initiative of Montana NSF EPSCoR, has been selected for a national program called No Limits, which uses Matchbox cars to help tackle the stereotype of what is typically a “boy toy” versus a “girl toy.

It was a pleasure to present our Sensing for Science poster at the NSF EPSCoR national conference in Columbia, South Carolina!