Nov 9, 2011

MSU Paleontologist to Visit FVCC to Discuss China Dinosaur Egg Research Opportunity

Paleontologist Frankie Jackson from Montana State University—Bozeman will deliver two free presentations on paleontology and dinosaur egg research in China at Flathead Valley Community College November 15.  Open to the public, the events will take place at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. in room 150 inside Ross Hall/Science and Technology Building on the FVCC campus.

During the presentations, Jackson will discuss a National Science Foundation grant which provides science students from Montana universities and colleges opportunities to obtain cultural and research experience in China.  Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2012 program that will involve students, in collaboration with Jackson and David Varricchio, conducting research on dinosaur eggs for five weeks at the Natural History Museum in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.  All expenses, including travel, will be paid by the grant. 

The program objectives include providing students with cultural knowledge and enhanced opportunities for professional collaborations in China, encouraging student participation in scientific research and encouraging student retention in the sciences. 

Students interested in science research, regardless of the discipline, are encouraged to apply for the program.  To qualify, students must have minimum grade point averages of 2.5, have demonstrated abilities to follow through on assignments and exhibit personal maturity.  College students with sophomore or junior class standing are preferred.  The deadline to apply for the program is December 1.

Although the discussion will include information specific to the program, community members interested in learning more about paleontology are encouraged to attend the sessions.  For more information, contact Mick Stemborski at 756-3945 or at