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Honors Program

Staff and Mentors

In fall 2020, students in the honors program will have a new experience.  In an attempt to bridge the importance of both your academic experience and your social experience at Montana Tech, the program will now be co-directed by the Dean of Student Affairs and the Dean of Academic Affairs (the Provost).  We believe this will enhance the honors program experience.

Montana Tech’s Honors Program Co-Directors

Steve Gammon PhD, Provost
Dr. Steve Gammon started at Montana Tech in 2018. He has moved through the ranks of assistant professor all the way to Provost and has worked at five institutions of higher education, has received multiple teaching awards, and is passionate about preparing highly skilled and knowledgeable students who are equipped to contribute to the greater good. Dr. Gammon holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Bowdon College and a PhD in chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Carrie Vath, Dean of Students

Dr. Carrie Vath started at Montana Tech in 2014.  She has taught Tech Success, Primate Behavior, Oral Interpretation, Cultural Anthropology, and the Honors Program at Montana Tech.  In 2015, she won the Rose and Anna Busch Faculty Achievement Award for teaching and was nominated for the same award in 2020.  She has almost 20 years of collegiate teaching experience that includes teaching internationally in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Southern Africa and West Africa.  Dr. Vath is passionate about mentoring students and helping them achieve their academic and personal potential.  Dr. Vath holds a B.S. in Zoology from Humboldt State University and an MS and PhD in interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida.

Other Mentors

Matt haynes, Writing Instructor
Matt Haynes, Writing Instructor, Teacher, Honors Seminar 294
Chancellor Les Cook
Dr. Les Cook, Chancellor. Here, Dr. Cook is showing off his cookie decorating skills! Dr. Cook joined the honors students on their bike ride through Durant Canyon and had them to his home for dinner.
Beverly Hartline, Vice Chancellor for Research and the Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Beverly Hartline, Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Hartline brought the 2019 Cohort to Lydia's for a nice dinner.
Dr David Hutchins, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Dr. Dave Hutchins, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professor Dr. Hutchins brought the 2019 cohort through Durant Canyon to learn about restoration efforts in the community.
Masters
Dr. Mike Masters, Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Dr. Masters brought the 2019 cohort out to dinner in the community and for live music.

The Honors Program Committee

The Honors Program Committee serves an important role and is made up of staff and faculty members across campus.  Not only does the committee assist the directors in choosing each year’s cohorts, but we also hope that they will be engaged with our honors students throughout the year.

Stacy Corbitt, Writing Instructor
Stacey Corbitt
Writing Instructor
Shannon Panisko, Montana Tech Foundation
Shannon Panisko
Annual Giving Development Officer
Dario Prieto, Professor Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Dario Prieto
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr Katherine Zodrow, Environmental Engineering
Dr. Katherine Zodrow
Professor, Environmental Engineering