Posted: Jun 7, 2013 1:40 PM by Katy Harris
BUTTE - Montana Tech is preparing for its first PhD program and is in the process of raising $150,000 to get it started.
Last month, the Montana Board of Regents approved the Material Science PhD program. It was the first item approved on the agenda.
Chancellor Don Blackketter says although it is a little late in the year to be recruiting students for the program this fall, it is possible a few will enroll. As the program begins to pick up enrollment and research funding, another faculty member would be hired.
"It's kind of exciting. It's historical for Montana Tech, but at the same time, once you get done with that approval, you kind of look around and say, ‘Boy, there's a lot of work to do.' We have to recruit students and write our research contracts to try to get funding for students, so it's going to be a lot of work, but it's going to be very good for Montana Tech," Blackketter said.
Approving the PhD program puts Montana Tech at even odds with its peer group of other mining colleges and institutions across the U.S.